2022 May

May 3: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 3

May 3rd is officially Garden Meditation Day and Two Different Colored Shoes Day.

We’ve made it to the 123rd day of the year! There are 242 days left until we reach the new year.

This day in history revolutionized the way we take public transport and we also saw developments in other areas like technology and film and TV. For all that and more jump right into this day, May 3rd in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1978, the first ever “spam” email was sent out? The message, advertising a new computer, was sent to 393 email addresses and was received poorly.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 3rd in history!

What Events Happened On May 3 In History?


The Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii began to erupt.

OTD in 2018: The Kilauea volcano on Big Island
New fissures had formed, and lava started erupting after a 5.0 earthquake. Residences were evacuated, assisted by the National Guard.

The Spider-Man film starring Tobey Maguire premiered.

Spider-Man redefined the modern superhero genre and its success lead to Spider-Man 1 and 2 being released.

An F5 tornado hit Oklahoma City, where the highest wind speeds ever measured globally were recorded.

OTD in 1999: An F5 tornado hit Oklahoma City
An F5 tornado is the highest ranking on the intensity scale meaning it has the potential to cause the most damage.

The first-ever “spam” email was sent out to every ARPANET address on the US west coast.


Going My Way starring Bing Crosby, premiered in New York.


New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio, made his major-league debut.


West Virginia became the first state to impose a sales tax.


India’s first-ever full-length film, Raja Harishchandra, was released in theaters.


The Battle of Salem Church took place.


The sixth major fire in San Francisco occurred.

This fire broke out in a paint and upholstery store. It was spread by high winds, and was visible for miles out to sea. It blazed for 10 hours and extended to about 18 blocks. The total damage was estimated at about $10-12 million dollars, destroying 1500-2000 buildings.

The first train passenger service began.

Until this day, trains had only been in use for the transportation of goods.

Washington, D.C. was incorporated by Congress.

May 3 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet that controls love, beauty, and money. Taurus is one of three earth signs, the others being Virgo and Capricorn.

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald. The word “emerald” comes from the ancient Greek “smaragdos,” meaning “green gem.” The emerald gem was believed to have magical properties that keep illnesses at bay.

People born on May 3 were likely conceived the previous year on August 10.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as James Brown? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On May 3

James Brown

James Brown

American Singer
Birthday: May 3, 1933
Died On: Dec 25, 2006 (Age 73)
Born In: South Carolina, USA
Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

American Singer
Birthday: May 3, 1903
Died On: Oct 14, 1977 (Age 74)
Born In: Washington, USA

Special Holidays On May 3rd

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

May 3: National Garden Meditation Day

National Garden Meditation Day

Did you know that on this day, May 3rd 1978, the first ever "spam" email was sent out?