2021 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.

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

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 facts about May 3rd in history!

What 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.

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.

Source EDN.com

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.

Source Politico

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.

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