On This Day

What Happened on May 3

Important Events

  • 1791 Constitution of May 3 is proclaimed by the Great Sejm (Parliament) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, becoming the 1st modern constitution in Europe
  • 1926 Britain's Trade Union Congress calls for the country's first ever general strike, begins at 1 minute to midnight in support striking coal miners, lasts 9 days
  • 1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind"
  • 1945 World War II: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
  • 1947 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war
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May 3 in Film & TV

  • 1944 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)

May 3 in Music

  • 1960 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)

May 3 in Sport

  • 1999 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Stephen Hendry of Scotland defeats Welshman Mark Williams, 18-11 for a record 7th world crown

Did You Know?

Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The Third of May", painted 1814

On May 3, 1808

Would You Believe?

First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast

On May 3, 1978

Famous Weddings

  • 1884 Mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (28) weds Louise M. Spooner
  • 1906 Waldof Astor marries fellow American Nancy Langhorne Shaw at All Souls Church in London, England
  • 1986 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt

Famous Divorces

More Weddings & Divorces