May 3 in Pop Culture History

May 3 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

May 3 History Highlights

  • 1901 – The Great Fire of 1901 began in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 1948 – CBS Evening News premiered with a 15 minute broadcast.
  • 1971 – National Public Radio began broadcasting
  • 1979 – Margaret Thatcher won the United Kingdom general election, and became the first female British Prime Minister the following day.
  • 1999 – The Dow Jones topped 11,000 for the first time.
  • If you were born on May 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 10th (prior year)

National Sun Day

Sun Day is a holiday that was established in order to celebrate solar power and advocate for its future mastery. The holiday was first introduced by President Jimmy Carter, on May 3 of 1978, based on the successful Earth Day initiative from April 22nd, 1970. This day followed Congress passing a joint resolution legalizing it. The idea behind this occasion was modeled after the ongoing success of Earth Day. Denis Hayes created this event.”

May 3 is…

Chocolate Custard Day
Garden Meditation Day
Lumpy Rug Day
Raspberry Tart Day (also August 11)
Sun Day
Two Different Colored Shoes Day
World Press Freedom Day

May 3 Birthday Quotes

“I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.”
– Dodie Smith

“The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.”
– Doug Henning

“I don’t really care what people think… I just do my own thing… I like being loud and letting people know I’m there.”
– James Brown

“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.”
– Sugar Ray Robinson

“But wait there’s more…”
– Ron Popeil

May 3 Birthdays

1867 – Andy Bowen, American boxer, 27 club (died in 1894)
1896 – Dodie Smith, English author and playwright (died in 1990)
1898 – Golda Meir, Ukrainian-Israeli educator and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel (died in 1978)
1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (died in 1977)
1906 – Mary Astor, American actress (died in 1987)
1913 – William Inge, American playwright (died in 1973)
1919 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (died in 2014)
1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (died in 1989)
1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, performer, and actor (died in 2006)
1934 – Frankie Valli, American singer
1935 – Ron Popeil, American businessman, founded the Ronco Company
1947 – Doug Henning, Canadian magician (died in 2000)
1958 – Bill Sienkiewicz, American comic book author and illustrator

May 3 History

1375 BC -The first recorded eclipse occurred, noted in the area now known as Syria.

1802 – Washington, District of Columbia. was incorporated as a city. #notaxationwithoutrepresentation

1937 – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1951 – The Senate Armed Forces and Foreign Relations Committees began hearings of General Douglas MacArthur.

1952 – The Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time, on CBS.

1952 – Flying US Air Force C-47, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher, and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict became the first to land a plane on the North Pole.

1958 – # 1 Hit May 3, 1958 – May 16, 1958: David Seville – Witch Doctor

1960 – The Off-Broadway musical comedy The Fantasticks opened in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

1960 – The Anne Frank House museum opened in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1975 – # 1 Hit May 3, 1975 – May 23, 1975: Tony Orlando and Dawn – He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)

1977 – British journalist David Frost interviewed former President Richard Nixon.

1980 – 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her mother, Candy Lightner, later founded the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

1986 – 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, riding 18:1shot Ferdinand, becamethe oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby.

1986 – # 1 Hit May 3, 1986 – May 9, 1986: Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love

1991- The final episode of Dallas was broadcast on the CBS network; it was resurrected 21 years later on TNT.

1997 – # 1 Hit May 3, 1997 – May 23, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize

2003 – New Hampshire’s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.

2007 – Nearly 4-year-old Madeleine McCann of Rothley, England, disappeared during a family vacation at a resort in southern Portugal.

2008 # 1 Hit May 3, 2008 – May 23, 2008: Lil Wayne featuring Static Major – Lollipop

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

George Lucas came up with R2-D2’s name while making American Graffiti. When asking for Real 2 Dialog Track 2, a sound editor abbreviated it to “R2-D2.”

When I was a kid, I thought getting a yearly bonus to buy a pool was going to be a major life event.

Toto is the real hero in The Wizard of Oz. If he hadn’t have run and pulled the curtain to expose the Wizard as a man Dorothy could still be stuck in Oz.

The Capital of Syria is Damascus

“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” – Otis B. Driftwood #moviequotes

Roulette Odds: Odd: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37

Spike Lee – Real Name: Shelton Lee

‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands’ could be considered a very philosophical song. Heavy stuff for preschoolers. #preschoolersrock

You know you’re desperate when you look past the first page of the google search

The popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan was originally created by the British government as a form of propaganda to motivate citizens to stay strong during World War II.

“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” – Arnold Drummond (Diff’rent Strokes ) #TVQuotes

TV Quotes… “That’s hot!” (Paris Hilton) on “The Simple Life”

Adding an exclamation point to the end of every sentence can make even the most boring text sound more exciting!

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