May 03: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 3, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 3rd of May is the 123rd day of the Gregorian calendar, and it marks the anniversary of Washington, D.C.’s incorporation as a city, as well as the start of the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 3rd. Frankie Valli and Willie Geist were both born on May 3rd. National Paranormal Day is observed on May 3rd.


(May 03, 1898)
Golda Meir was born in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire, and served as Israel's fourth prime minister (1969–74).


(May 03, 1903)
Bing Crosby, an American singer, actor, and songwriter, was born in Tacoma, Washington. His laid-back stage demeanour and mellow, relaxed singing style made him the most successful entertainer of his day.

(May 03, 1978)
ARPANET users received what was thought to be the first spam e-mail.

(May 03, 1979)
Margaret Thatcher of the Conservative Party was elected British Prime Minister on this day in 1979, being the first woman in Europe to do so; she eventually became the longest-serving British Prime Minister since 1827.

(May 03, 2016)
A wildfire prompted the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alberta—the tar sands capital of Canada—and the surrounding area, displacing over 80,000 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

(Died on May 03, 2021)
Lloyd Price, an American R&B vocalist (b. 1933).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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