May 3 is the 123rd day of the year. There are 242 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).
+ 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
+ 1937 – Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
+ 1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
+ 1963 – The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the Civil Rights Movement.
( Births )
+ 1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977)
+ 1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)
+ 1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames and The J.B.'s) (d. 2006)
+ 1951 – Christopher Cross, American singer-songwriter and producer