MAY 3 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1695 ~ Henri Pitot the Italian-French engineer and inventor of the Pitot tube was born on the 3rd May 1695 (died 1771).

1768 ~ Charles Tennant the Scottish chemist who discovered bleaching powder was born on the 3rd May 1768 (died 1838).

1802 ~ WASHiNGTON, D.C. was incorporated as a city on the 3rd day of May in 1802.

1837 ~ The University of Athens was founded in AthensGreece on the 3rd May 1837.

1877 ~ Karl Abraham the German psychoanalyst was born on the 3rd May 1877 (d. 1925).

1879 ~ FERGUS McMASTER the Australian businessman, aviation pioneer, and one of the founders of QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited)was born on the 3rd day of May in 1879 (died in 1950 aged 71)

Qantas Boeing 767-336ER on approach to Sydney Airport (photo by Jeff Gilbert)
Qantas Boeing 767-336ER on approach to Sydney Airport (photo by Jeff Gilbert)

*Qantas Boeing photo by Jeff Gilbert from JG Photographics

1901 ~ The Great Fire of 1901 began in Jacksonville, Florida on the 3rd May 1901.

1903 BiNG CROSBY the American singer and actor with the trademark bass-baritone voice was born on the 3rd day of May in 1903 (died in 1977 aged 74). Bing Crosby was one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, selling over half a billion records.

1913 ~ Raja Harishchandra the 1st full length Indian feature film was released on the 3rd May 1913, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.

1915 ~ In Flanders Fields poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on the 3rd May 1915.

1919PETE SEEGER the American folk singer and song writer was born on the 3rd day of May in 1919. Pete Seeger had a string of hits with The Weavers during the early 1950s. As a song writer, Pete was best known as the author or co-author of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, If I Had a Hammer, and Turn, Turn, Turn!

1919 ~ John Cullen Murphy the American illustrator was born on the 3rd May 1919 (died 2004).

1921Sugar Ray Robinson the American boxer was born on the 3rd May 1921 (died 1989).

1926 ~ ANN B. DAViS the American television actress was born on the 3rd day of May in 1926. Ann B Davis first achieved prominence on The Bob Cummings Show but most mainly know her as Alice, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch 

NBC Television publicity photo of Ann B. Davis & Bob Cummings (NBC press release circa 1957 to 1959)
NBC Television publicity photo of Ann B. Davis & Bob Cummings (NBC press release circa 1957 to 1959)

1928 ~ DAVE DUDLEY the American country singer was born on the 3rd day of May in 1928 as David Darwin Pedruska (died in 2003 aged 75). Dave Dudley was best known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 70s. His signature song was Six Days on the Road…  

1933 ~ JAMES BROWN the American singer, songwriter, musician, and originator of funk music was born on the 3rd day of May in 1933 (died in 2006 aged 73).

1934FRANKiE VALLi the American singer and frontman of The Four Seasons was born on the 3rd day of May in 1934.

1935 ~ Ron Popeil the American inventor and founder of the Ronco company was born on the 3rd may 1935.

1937 ~ GONE WiTH The WiND a novel by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1944 ~ Pete Staples the English bass guitarist from The Troggs was born on the 3rd May 1944.

1950MARY HOPKiN the Welsh folk singer was born on the 3rd day of May in 1950. Mary was best known for her 1968 UK number one single Those Were The Days…

1951 ~ The Royal Festival Hall in London opened with the Festival of Britain on the 3rd May 1951.

1951 ~ CHRiSTOPHER CROSS the American singer-songwriter was born on the 3rd day of May in 1951. His debut album earned him 5 Grammys. Christopher Cross is best known for his hit songs Sailing, Ride Like the Wind, and Arthur’s Theme

1952 ~ The Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time on the 3rd May 1952, on the CBS network.

1953 ~ Bruce Hall the American bass player from REO Speedwagon was born on the 3rd May 1953.

1959BEN ELTON the English-Australian comedian, author, playwright and director was born on the 3rd day of May in 1959. Ben Elton was the writer of The Young Ones and Blackadder cult series.

1960 ~ The Fantasticks the Off-Broadway musical comedy opened in New York City‘s Greenwich Village on the 3rd May 1960, and became the longest-running musical of all time.

1960 The Anne Frank House museum opened on the 3rd May 1960, in AmsterdamNetherlands.

1961Joe Murray the American cartoonist was born on the 3rd May 1961.

1973 ~ The Sears Tower in Chicago became the world’s tallest building on the 3rd May 1973.

1978 – SPAM was born on the 3rd day of May in 1978, when the first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

1979 ~ Margaret Thatcher formed her first government as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the 3rd May 1979, after the general election.

1993 ~ WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on the 3rd day of May in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. World Press freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

2000 ~ The sport of GEOCACHiNG began on the 3rd day of May in 2000, when the first cache was placed and the coordinates from a GPS were posted on Usenet.

2003 ~ Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire collapsed on the 3rd may 2003.

 

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