2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (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.
1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
1942 – World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
1921 – 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 enforcement issues.
1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1848 – The boar-crested Anglo-Saxon Benty Grange helmet is discovered.
1837 – The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened; it is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1990 – Brooks Koepka, American golfer. He won the U.S.
1988 – Ben Revere, American baseball player. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Angels.
1983 – Joseph Addai, American football player. Joseph Kwahu Duah Addai Jr. (/æˈdaɪ/ ad-EYE) (born May 3, 1983) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL).
1982 – Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
1982 – Nick Stavinoha, American baseball player. Nicholas Lee "Nick" Stavinoha (born May 3, 1982) is an American former professional baseball outfielder.
1980 – Marcel Vigneron, American chef. Marcel Vigneron is a Celebrity Chef best known for his award winning restaurant and catering company in Los Angeles “Wolf”.
1979 – Steve Mack, American wrestler. Steven Carrasquillo (born May 3, 1979) is an American professional wrestler better known as Monsta Mack.
1978 – Lawrence Tynes, American football player. He played college football at Troy and was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
1977 – Ben Olsen, American soccer player and coach. Benjamin Robert Olsen (born May 3, 1977) is an American former professional Association football player and the current head coach of D.C.
1977 – Tyronn Lue, American basketball player and coach. Tyronn “Ty” Jamar Lue (/tɪˈrɒn ˈljuː/, born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1976 – Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player. Jeffrey Craig Halpern (born May 3, 1976) is an American former professional ice hockey player.
1975 – Christina Hendricks, American actress. A 2010 poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine named her "the sexiest woman in the world," and voted as Best Looking Woman in America the same year.
1975 – Dulé Hill, American actor, dancer, and producer. He has also had minor roles in the movies The Guardian, Holes and She's All That and a recurring role on Ballers.
1975 – Willie Geist, American television journalist and host. Geist also frequently serves as a fill-in anchor on both the weekday edition and the Saturday edition of Today.
1971 – Josey Scott, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Joseph Scott Sappington is best known as the former lead vocalist of the rock band Saliva.
1970 – Bobby Cannavale, American actor. Robert Michael Cannavale (/ˌkænəˈvɑːli/; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor known for various stage, television, and film roles, including regular or recurring roles in Third Watch, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Will & Grace, Mr.
1970 – Jeffrey Sebelia, American fashion designer. Jeffrey Sebelia is an American fashion designer and founder of the clothing label Cosa Nostra, which he headed from a loft on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
1969 – Amy Ryan, American actress. Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski (born May 3, 1968), known professionally as Amy Ryan, is an American actress of stage and screen.
1969 – Bruce Reyes-Chow, American minister and author. Bruce Reyes-Chow is an American Teaching Elder (minister) of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
1969 – Daryl F. Mallett, American author and actor. Daryl Furumi Mallett is an American author, editor and publisher.
1964 – Ron Hextall, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager. Ronald Jeffrey Hextall (born May 3, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Islanders.
1964 – Sterling Campbell, American drummer and songwriter. Sterling Campbell (born May 3, 1964), is an American musician and songwriter who has worked with numerous high-profile acts, including The B-52s, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, Cyndi Lauper, Spandau Ballet, Gustavo Cerati and David Bowie.
1963 – Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach. He played shooting guard in the NBA from 1986 through 2000.
1963 – Marco Mendoza, American guitarist. Marco Mendoza is an American rock musician who is the bass guitarist for The Dead Daisies and the reformed lineup of Thin Lizzy, and a former member of the Thin Lizzy spin-off Black Star Riders.
1961 – David Vitter, American lawyer and politician. Previously, he served in the United States House of Representatives, representing the suburban Louisiana's 1st congressional district.
1961 – Joe Murray, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, was an American plastic surgeon.
1958 – Bill Sienkiewicz, American author and illustrator. Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (/sɪnˈkɛvɪtʃ/ sin-KEV-itch; born May 3, 1958), is an American artist known for his work in comic books—particularly for Marvel Comics' New Mutants, Moon Knight, and Elektra: Assassin.
1957 – Rod Langway, Taiwanese-American ice hockey player and coach. Rodney Cory Langway (born May 3, 1957) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL) and Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association (WHA).
1954 – Angela Bofill, American singer-songwriter. Angela Tomasa Bofill (born May 2, 1954) is an American R&B singer-songwriter.
1952 – Caitlin Clarke, American actress (d. 2004), was an American theater and film actress best known for her role as Valerian in the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer and for her role as Charlotte Cardoza in the 1998–1999 Broadway musical Titanic.
1952 – Chuck Baldwin, American pastor and politician. Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin (born May 3, 1952) is an American politician, radio host, and founder-former pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida.
1952 – Joseph W. Tobin, American cardinal. He had served as the Archbishop of Indianapolis since 2012 and as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) from 2010 to 2012.
1951 – Christopher Cross, American singer-songwriter and producer. The singles "Sailing" (1980), and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (from the 1981 film Arthur) peaked at number one on the U.S.
1949 – Ron Wyden, American academic and politician. Ronald Lee Wyden (/ˈwaɪdən/; born May 3, 1949) is the senior United States Senator for Oregon since 1996.
1948 – Chris Mulkey, American actor. Chris Mulkey (born May 3, 1948) is an American film and television actor.
1948 – Denis Cosgrove, British-American academic and geographer (d. 2008), was a distinguished British cultural geographer and Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before this, he was Professor of Human Geography and Dean of the Graduate School at Royal Holloway, University of London.
1946 – Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster. The older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, he became the first African-American (and Creole) announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001.
1946 – Norm Chow, American football player and coach. Chow previously held the offensive coordinator position for the Utah Utes, UCLA Bruins, the NFL's Tennessee Titans, USC Trojans, NC State Wolfpack, and BYU Cougars.
1945 – Davey Lopes, American baseball player, coach, and manager. David Earle Lopes (/ˈloʊps/; born May 3, 1945) is an American former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1943 – Jim Risch, American lawyer and politician, 31st Governor of Idaho. A member of the Republican Party, he served as lieutenant governor of Idaho from 2003 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2009, and as governor of Idaho from 2006 to 2007.
1942 – Butch Otter, American soldier and politician, 32nd Governor of Idaho. Otter served as lieutenant governor from 1987 to 2001 and in U.S.
1942 – Dave Marash, American journalist and sportscaster. David Marash, known as Dave Marash (born May 3, 1942), is an American television journalist known for his work at ABC News and Al Jazeera English.
1941 – Edward Malloy, American priest and academic. Edward Aloysius Malloy, C.S.C. (born May 3, 1941), nicknamed "Monk", served from 1987 to 2005 as the 16th president of the University of Notre Dame.
1940 – David Koch, American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist, was an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. In 1970, he joined the family business: Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States.
1938 – Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, was an American professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St.
1938 – Napoleon XIV, American singer, songwriter and record producer. He achieved one-hit wonder status with the Top 5 hit novelty song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" in 1966.
1935 – Ron Popeil, American businessman, founded the Ronco Company. Popeil (/poʊˈpiːl/; born May 3, 1935) is an American inventor and marketing personality, best known for his direct response marketing company Ronco.
1934 – Frankie Valli, American singer and actor. Frankie Valli (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio; May 3, 1934) is an American singer and actor, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960.
1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames and The J.B.'s) (d. 2006), was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul" and "Soul Brother No. 1".
1933 – Steven Weinberg, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Steven Weinberg ForMemRS (/ˈwaɪnbɜːrɡ/; born May 3, 1933) is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for his contributions with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.
1932 – Robert Osborne, American actor and historian (d. 2017), was an American actor, film historian, television presenter, and author, best known for more than twenty years as the primary host of the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Prior to TCM, Osborne had been a host on The Movie Channel, and, earlier, a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter.
1929 – Denise Lor, American singer and actress (d. 2015), was an American popular singer and actress. She was a featured artist on The Garry Moore Show.
1928 – Dave Dudley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003), was an American country music singer best known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s and his semi-slurred bass. His signature song was "Six Days on the Road," and he is also remembered for "Vietnam Blues," "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun," and "Me and ol' C.B.".
1926 – Herbert Blau, American engineer and academic (d. 2013), was an American director and theoretician of performance. He was named the Byron W. and Alice L.
1924 – Ken Tyrrell, English race car driver, founded Tyrrell Racing (d. 2001), was a British Formula Two racing driver and the founder of the Tyrrell Formula One constructor.
1923 – Ralph Hall, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, was an American politician who served as the United States Representative for Texas's 4th congressional district from 1981 to 2015. He was first elected in 1980, and was the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology from 2011 to 2013.
1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight.
1919 – John Cullen Murphy, American soldier and illustrator (d. 2004), was an American illustrator best known for his three decades of work on the Prince Valiant comic strip.
1919 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (The Weavers and Almanac Singers) (d. 2014), was an American folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950.
1917 – Betty Comden, American screenwriter and librettist (d. 2006), was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green, called "the longest running creative partnership in theatre history", lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne, and Leonard Bernstein, and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain.
1917 – George Gaynes, Finnish-American actor (d. 2016), was an American singer, actor and voice artist. Born to Dutch and Russian parents in Finland, he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II and subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen and began his acting career on Broadway.
1915 – Richard Lippold, American sculptor and academic (d. 2002), was an American sculptor, known for his geometric constructions using wire as a medium.
1915 – Stu Hart, Canadian wrestler and trainer, founded Stampede Wrestling (d. 2003), was a Canadian professional wrestler, wrestling booker, promoter, coach and trainer, football player, amateur wrestler, and sailor. He is best known for founding and handling Stampede Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion based in Calgary, Alberta, teaching many individuals at its associated wrestling school "The Dungeon" and establishing a professional wrestling dynasty consisting of his relatives and close trainees.
1913 – William Inge, American playwright and novelist (d. 1973), was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions, including Picnic, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
1912 – May Sarton, American poet, novelist and memoirist (d. 1995). She is considered an important contemporary figure in American literature, as well as a "poet's poet", and is lauded by literary and feminist critics for her works addressing themes in gender, sexuality, and universality.
1912 – Virgil Fox, American organist and composer (d. 1980), was an American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more familiar with rock 'n' roll music and were staged complete with light shows.
1910 – Norman Corwin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011), was an American writer, screenwriter, producer, essayist and teacher of journalism and writing. His earliest and biggest successes were in the writing and directing of radio drama during the 1930s and 1940s.
1906 – Anna Roosevelt Halsted, American journalist and author (d. 1975), was an American writer who worked as a newspaper editor and in public relations. She was the eldest child and only daughter of the U.S.
1906 – Mary Astor, American actress (d. 1987). She may be best remembered for her performance as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941).
1905 – Edmund Black, American hammer thrower (d. 1996), was an American athlete who competed mainly in the hammer throw.
1905 – Red Ruffing, American baseball pitcher and coach (d. 1986), was an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, he played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1924 through 1947.
1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977), was an American singer, comedian and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954.:8 His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin.
1898 – Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and activist (d. 1987), was a black American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement.
1892 – Jacob Viner, Canadian-American economist and academic (d. 1970), was a Canadian economist and is considered with Frank Knight and Henry Simons to be one of the "inspiring" mentors of the early Chicago School of Economics in the 1930s: he was one of the leading figures of the Chicago faculty. Paul Samuelson named Viner (along with Harry Gunnison Brown, Allyn Abbott Young, Henry Ludwell Moore, Frank Knight, Wesley Clair Mitchell, and Henry Schultz) as one of the several "American saints in economics" born after 1860.
1891 – Eppa Rixey, American baseball pitcher (d. 1963), was an American left-handed pitcher who played 21 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball from 1912 to 1933. Rixey was best known as the National League's leader in career victories for a left-hander with 266 wins until Warren Spahn surpassed his total in 1959.
1889 – Beulah Bondi, American actress (d. 1981), was an American actress of stage, film and television. She began her acting career as a young child in theater and, after establishing herself as a stage actress, reprised her role in Street Scene for the 1931 film version.
1879 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and soldier, co-founded Qantas (d. 1950), was an Australian businessman and aviation pioneer. He was one of the three founders of the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited, the airline company that became commonly known by its acronym, Qantas.
1874 – François Coty, French businessman and publisher, founded Coty, Inc. (d. 1934), was a French perfumer and businessman. During World War I, he became one of the wealthiest men in France.
1871 – Emmett Dalton, American criminal (d. 1937), was an American outlaw, train robber and member of the Dalton Gang in the American Old West. Part of the ill-fated Dalton raid on two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas, he survived despite receiving 23 gunshot wounds.
1867 – Andy Bowen, American boxer (d. 1894), was an American boxer from New Orleans. He died at age 27, as a result of a head injury sustained in a bout against Kid Lavigne.
1859 – August Herrmann, American executive in Major League Baseball (d.1931). Herrmann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 3, 1859 to a family of German descent.
1854 – George Gore, American baseball player and manager (d. 1933). Born in Saccarappa, Maine, Gore led the NL in several seasonal offensive categories.
1849 – Jacob Riis, Danish-American journalist and photographer (d. 1914), was a Danish-American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He contributed significantly to the cause of urban reform in America at the turn of the twentieth century.
1695 – Henri Pitot, French physicist and engineer, invented the Pitot tube (d. 1771), was a French hydraulic engineer and the inventor of the pitot tube.
1662 – Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, designed the Pillnitz Castle (d. 1736), was a German master builder and architect who helped to rebuild Dresden after the fire of 1685. His most famous work is the Zwinger Palace.
1632 – Catherine of St. Augustine, French-Canadian nurse and saint, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (d. 1668). The Blessed Mary Catherine of St.
2015 – Warren Smith, American golfer and coach (b. 1915)
2014 – Gary Becker, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)
2014 – Jim Oberstar, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
2013 – Cedric Brooks, Jamaican-American saxophonist and flute player (b. 1943)
2013 – Curtis Rouse, American football player (b. 1960)
2013 – David Morris Kern, American pharmacist, co-invented Orajel (b. 1909)
2013 – Herbert Blau, American engineer and academic (b. 1926)
2013 – Joe Astroth, American baseball player (b. 1922)
2013 – Keith Carter, American swimmer and soldier (b. 1924)
2011 – Jackie Cooper, American actor, television director, producer and executive (b. 1922)