3 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469
  • Richard D'Oyly Carte, 1844
  • E.W. Howe, 1853
  • Dodie Smith, 1896
  • Golda Meir, 1898
  • Walter Slezak, 1902
  • Mary Astor, 1906
  • Earl Wilson, 1907
  • William Inge, 1913
  • Betty Comden, 1915
  • Pete Seeger, 1919
  • Sugar Ray Robinson, 1921
  • Mel Lazarus, 1927
  • James Brown, 1928
  • Henry Cooper, 1934
  • Englebert Humperdinck, 1936
  • Frankie Valli, 1937
  • Doug Henning, 1947
  • Christopher Cross, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Wilson Mizner, 1933
  • Robert Alda, 1986
  • Christine Jorgensen, 1989
  • Jerzy Kosinski suicide, 1991
  • Suzy Parker, 2003
  • Wally Schirra, 2007
  • Jackie Cooper, 2011

Today's Events:

  • AD 326 - Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, discovers the 'true cross.'
  • 1654 - America's first toll bridge opens-river at Rowley, MA; humans cross free, animals pay.
  • 1765 - College of Philadelphia opens first medical school in America under Drs. John Morgan & Wm. Shippen.
  • 1791 - Polish constitution, the second in the world after America and the first in Europe, comes into force establishing a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1798 - Navy department created in U.S. to attack French ships in West Indies.
  • 1802 - Washington D.C. incorporated as a city.
  • 1841 - New Zealand formally proclaimed British Colony.
  • 1859 - France declares war on Austria.
  • 1921 - West Virginia becomes first State to impose sales tax.
  • 1945 - Rangoon captured from Japanese by British forces under Lord Mountbatten.
  • 1951 - Festival of Britain opens in Battersea Park by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (at St. Pauls).
  • 1960 - 'The Fantasticks' opens at Sullivan Street playhouse, New York. Closed 1/13/2002.
  • 1966 - The Times of London first prints actual news on its front page instead of advertisements.
  • 1971 - National Public Radio (NPR) goes on the air.
  • 1973 - Chicago's Sears Tower topped out; now world's tallest building at 1450 feet.
  • 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman British Prime Minister in history.
  • 1991 - Swiss Banking Commission announces end to secret numbered bank accounts.
  • 1999 - Just five weeks after hitting 10,000, the Dow Jones climbs briefly over 11,000 for the first time.
  • 2013 - Dow Jones Industrial Average slips over 15,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 exceeds 1600-points.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Theodosius of the Caves

Holiday:

  • Day of Chunti, Chinese form of Draga
  • Day of the Holy Cross in Mexico
  • Discovery of the Cross in Greek and Latin Churches
  • Constitution Day in Poland
  • Constitution Memorial Day in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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