May 3

May 3 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on May 3, include:

  • Garden Meditation Day 
  • International Space Day - May 3, 2024 (First Friday in May)
  • Kentucky Oaks - May 3, 2024 (Friday before the Kentucky Derby)
  • National Chocolate Custard Day 
  • National Lumpy Rug Day 
  • National Public Radio Day 
  • National Raspberry  Popover Day 
  • National SAN Architect Day
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day 
  • National Textile Day 
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day 
  • No Pants Day - May 3, 2024 (First Friday in May)
  • Orthodox Good Friday - May 3, 2024
  • Paranormal Day 
  • School Lunch Hero Day - May 3, 2024 (First Friday in May)
  • Sun Day 
  • Wordsmith Day 
  • World Press Freedom Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include May 3, are:

  • Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7
  • Go Diaper Free Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (7 Days Starting the Last Sunday in April)
  • International Mariachi Week - May 1-5, 2024
  • National Auctioneers Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (Observed the week ending with National Auctioneers Day)
  • National Physical Education and Sports Week - May 1-7 (First Week in May)
  • National Small Business Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (First Week of May)
  • Orthodox Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 18, 2024 - May 4, 2024 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Preservation Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024
  • Stewardship Week - April 28 - May 5, 2024 (Last Sunday in April to First Sunday in May)
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding - May 3-12, 2024
  • World Dystonia Awareness Week - May 3-11

2024 Monthly Holidays that include May 3, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 3 is Taurus.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:

  • The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
  • Hawthorn


The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1469 - Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician, writer, historian and philosopher (d. 1527)
  • 1879 - Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman who co-founded Quantas Airlines (d. 1950)
  • 1903 - Bing Crosby, American singer (White Christmas), and actor (Going My Way)
  • 1921 - Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (middle/welterweight) (d. 1989)
  • 1933 - James Brown, American soul singer who was known as the Godfather of Soul, songwriter, producer, actor (I Got You I Feel Good and I Got the Feeling) (d. 2006)
  • 1934 - Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons)
  • 1946 - Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV)
  • 1951 - Christopher Cross, American singer, songwriter (Sailing)
  • 1975 - Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men)

Famous Deaths

  • 1940 - Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave, and first African/American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1992 - George Murphy - American actor and politician (b. 1902)
  • 2011 - Jackie Cooper, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1922)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1986 - Annette Funicello, actress and singer, weds horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt
  • 1991 - Andy Williams, singer weds Debbie Hass
  • 2003 - Matt LeBlanc, actor (Friends), weds Melissa McKnight, model

Quote of the Day

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • Defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Info above from the United Nations website.

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

There are lots of Healthy Lunch Ideas available to us if we take the time to look. The typical lunch ideas of a huge sandwich, chips, cookies, and a fruit is outdated, as well as not being the healthiest choice! Too many processed carbsfat, and additives.

Find some great Healthy Lunch Ideas and tips from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits!

This Day in History

  • 1481 - The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes (in Greece in the Aegean Sea), and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties. 
  • 1494 - Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus and named St Iago
  • 1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
  • 1851 - Most of the city of San Francisco, CA is destroyed by fire, and 30 die
  • 1901 - The Great Fire of 1901 occurs in Jacksonville, Florida and destroys 1,700 buildings
  • 1921 - West Virginia imposes the 1st State Sales Tax
  • 1937 - Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • 1951 - The Festival of Britain opens
  • 1952 - The 1st landing of an airplane at the North Pole
  • 1960 - The Anne Frank House museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 - The Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters during a 3 day period
  • 1973 - Chicago's Sears Tower, at 1,451 feet and 108 stories, becomes the world's tallest building
  • 1982 - President Ronald Reagan begins a 5 minute weekly radio broadcast
  • 1991 - The Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of Press Freedom principles is signed
  • 1999 - During the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak, Oklahoma City is devastated by a F5 tornado, killing 45 people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage
  • 2001 - The U.S. loses its seat on the United National Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947
  • 2003 - Old Man of the Mountain, in New Hampshire collapses
  • 2016 - A wildfire destroyed approx. 2,400 homes and buildings in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada where 88,000 people were evacuated from their homes

This Day in Music

  • 1975 - He Don't Love You by Tony Orland and Dawn hits #1
  • 1975 - Chicago's Album, Chicago VIII hits #1
  • 1976 - Paul McCartney and his new band, Wings, open their first tour as the Wings Over America Tour 
  • 1980 - Against the Wind, by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, top the US album chart and stay on top for six weeks
  • 1986 - Addicted to Love, by Robert Palmer hits #1 on the US singles chart
  • 2000 - The Offspring's album Smash from 1994 is certified platinum for the sixth time
  • 2010 - I Gotta Feelin, by the Black-Eyed Peas becomes the best-selling digital song of all time.

Above, is Robert Palmer's, 'Addicted to Love' single which went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart today, on May 3rd, 1986.

This Day in Sports

  • 1936 - New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut and gets 3 hits in his first game
  • 1951 - Gil McDougald ties the major league record with 6 RBI's in 1 inning
  • 1952 - The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time
  • 1979 - Bobby Bonds hits his 300th Home Run
  • 1980 - Willie McCovey, Giants 1st baseman hits his 521st and final Home Run
  • 1986 - New York Yankee Don Mattingly hits 3 sacrifice flies in a game (6th to do this)
  • 2000 - The sport of geocaching begins! The first cashe is placed and the corrdinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Treeness (noun)

1. The essence of what it means to be a tree; the qualities that make a tree what it is.
2. (genetics) The suitability of an evolutionary tree for representing the structure of a population; the degree to which a population structure can be accurately described as a tree of descent, with diffrent branches evolving independently after they split.
3. (graph theory) The condition of being a tree; acyclicity and connectedness.

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