May 3, 2024 is the 124th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 242 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
May 3 Historical Event(s)
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.
West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to issues surrounding its enforcement.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in Shelley v. Kraemer, that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
The United States Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time on the CBS network.
The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, opens in New York City’s Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1.451 feet as the world’s tallest building.
The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as “spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop restrictor plate racing the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.
Who were born on May 3?
Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian general (d. 1945)
Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977)
Robert Osborne, American film historian
Alex Cord, American actor
James Brown, American singer and dancer (d. 2006)
Steven Weinberg, American physicist, Nobel laureate
Greg Gumbel, American broadcaster
Kevin Kilner, American actor
Marcel Vigneron, American chef (Top Chef)
Romeo Castelen, Dutch footballer
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