Holidays Calendar for May 3, 2016

On May 3, Poland celebrates a national and public holiday known as May 3 Constitution Day or May 3 National Holiday. It commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of May 3, 1791.

Constitution Memorial Day is a public holiday in Japan celebrated on May 3. It takes place during the so-called Golden Week, the period from April 29 to May 5, which contains four public holidays.

World Asthma Day is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in May. It is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, a medical organization that focuses on reducing asthma prevalence, morbidity, and mortality.


Teachers play a very important role in the development of every nation, that's why their work is appreciated in many countries around the world, including the USA. National Teacher Day is celebrated in the USA annually since 1985.


May 3 is National Raspberry Popover Day! The sweet and flavorful popovers will be perfect for your breakfast.

World Press Freedom Day (also referred to as World Press Day) is an annual United Nations observance held on May 3. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and has been held each year ever since.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Gary Becker, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for extension of the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interaction, including nonmarket behavior.
  • 2006 Died: Earl Woods, American colonel, baseball player, and author. His son Tiger Woods is known around the world as a professional American golder. Woods trained his son in golf at a very early age and coached him exclusively for his first years in the sport.
  • 2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashed into the Bank of Rajasthan in India. 8 killed.
  • 2000 The sports of geocaching began. The first cache was placed and the coordinates form a GPS posted on Usenet.
  • 1987 Died: Dalida, born as Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, Egyptian-Italian singer and actress, who performed and recorded in more than 10 languages. She is ranked among the six most popular singers in the world.
  • 1986 A bomb exploded in an airliner at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka. 21 were killed and 41 injured.
  • 1981 Died: Nargis, born Fatima Rashid, Indian film actress. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema.
  • 1979 Margaret Thatcher formed her first government as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1978 The birth of spam: the first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET (one of the world's first operational packet switching networks) address on the west coast of the United States.
  • 1975 Born: Christina Hendricks, American actress, five Emmy Awards nominee. She is best known for role as Joan Harris in the TV series Mad Men.
  • 1968 Born: Amy Ryan, American actress, an Academy Award and Tony Award nominee. She is best remembered for roles in Gone Baby Gone and Birdman.
  • 1960 The Fantasticks, the off-Broadway musical comedy, opened in New York City's Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
  • 1959 Born: Ben Elton, English actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s. In the end of the 80s he started writing series, such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, and musicals We Will Rock You, Love Never Dies.
  • 1942 Born: Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast, generally popular with the public. She won 22 international titles, including 7 Olympic gold medals all in individual events.
  • 1933 Born: Steven Weinberg, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for proposal of a theory of electroweak unification based on spontaneous symmetry breaking.
  • 1932 Died: Charles Fort, American author, researcher into anomalous phenomena. The terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena.
  • 1913 The birth of Indian film industry: the first full-length Indian feature film Raja Harishchandra was released.
  • 1903 Born: Bing Crosby, American singer and actor, best remembered for warm bass-baritone voice, that made him one of the best-selling artists of the 20th century.
  • 1902 Born: Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery and development of optical methods for studying Hertzian resonances in atoms.
  • 1901 The Great Fire of 1901 began in Jacksonville, Florida. It was one of the worst disasters in Florida history. Just in 8 hours fire burned 146 city blocks, destroyed more than 2,368 buildings and left almost 10,000 residents homeless.
  • 1892 Born: George Paget Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the wave properties of the electron by electron diffraction.
  • 1839 Died: Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer of operas and oratorios. He wrote in total 55 operas during his lifetime, some of them are well-known, like Leonora, I fuorusciti di Firenze (The Exiles of Florence), La marquise de Brinvilliers.
  • 1830 The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway was opened. It became the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
  • 1764 Died: Francesco Algarotti, Italian poet, critic, and philosopher, a man of broad knowledge and an expert in Newtonianism. Algarotti was a friend of the most leading authors of his times, including Voltaire, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, Pierre-Louis de Maupertuis and Julien Offray de La Mettrie.
  • 1729 Born: Florian Leopold Gassmann, Czech opera composer of the transitional period between the baroque and classical eras. He is considered as one of the principle composers of dramma giocoso immediately before Mozart.
  • 1704 Died: Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Czech-Austrian violinist and composer, one of the most influential violin composers in the history of the instrument. His Mystery Sonatas enjoyed a renaissance in the late 20th century and today they are widely performed and recorded.
  • 1598 Died: Anna Guarini, Italian singer of the late Renaissance, one of the most renowned singers of the age.
  • 1481 Died: Mehmed the Conqueror, Ottoman sultan. He conquered Constantinople (modern Istanbul), thus bringing to an end the Byzantine Empire. Mehmed is considered as hero in Turkey and parts of the wider Muslim world.
  • 1481 The island of Rhodes was stricken by the earthquake. This one was the largest, third and the last in the series of earthquakes striking the island that year. About 30,000 people died.
  • 1469 Born: Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and philosopher during the Renaissance period. Machiavelli was for many years responsible for diplomatic and military affairs of the Florentine Republic. He is considered as the founder of modern political science and political ethics.