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May 3 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 3. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 752
    Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.
  • 1481
    The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.
  • 1491
    Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
  • 1715
    A total solar eclipse was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within 4 minutes accuracy.
  • 1791
    The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1802
    Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
  • 1808
    Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • 1808
    Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
  • 1815
    Neapolitan War: Joachim Murat, King of Naples is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war.
  • 1830
    The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It’s the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
  • 1837
    The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
  • 1849
    The May Uprising in Dresden begins – the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
  • 1855
    American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
  • 1860
    Charles XV of Sweden–Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
  • 1867
    The Hudson’s Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
  • 1877
    Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.
  • 1901
    The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 1913
    Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
  • 1915
    The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
  • 1920
    A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

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