On This Day … 03 May

Events

  • 752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.
  • 1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war.
  • 1808 – Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • 1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on 02 May 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 is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
  • 1848 – The boar-crested Anglo-Saxon Benty Grange helmet is discovered in a barrow on the Benty Grange farm in Derbyshire.
  • 1849 – The May Uprising in Dresden begins: The last of the German revolutions of 1848-1949.
  • 1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
  • 1921 – Ireland is partitioned under British law by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, creating Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.
  • 1928 – The Jinan incident begins with the deaths of twelve Japanese civilians by Chinese forces in Jinan, China, which leads to Japanese retaliation and the deaths of over 2,000 Chinese civilians in the following days.
  • 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.
  • 1945 – World War II: Sinking of the prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.
  • 1947 – New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
  • 1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the relief of Douglas MacArthur by US President Harry Truman.
  • 1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
  • 1960 – The Anne Frank House museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 1999 – Infiltration of Pakistani soldiers on Indian side resulted into the kargil war.
  • 2002 – An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashes into a bank in Jalandhar, killing eight and injuring 17.

People (Births)

  • 1783 – José de la Riva Agüero, Peruvian soldier and politician, 1st President of Peru and 2nd President of North Peru (d. 1858).
  • 1849 – Bernhard von Bülow, German soldier and politician, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1929).
  • 1873 – Pavlo Skoropadskyi, German-Ukrainian general and politician, Hetman of Ukraine (d. 1945).
  • 1879 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and soldier, co-founded Qantas (d. 1950).
  • 1896 – Karl Allmenröder, German soldier and pilot (d. 1917).
  • 1919 – John Cullen Murphy, American soldier and illustrator (d. 2004).
  • 1941 – Alexander Harley, English general.
  • 1942 – Butch Otter, American soldier and politician, 32nd Governor of Idaho.
  • 1960 – Kathy Smallwood-Cook, English sprinter and educator.
  • 1978 – Dai Tamesue, Japanese hurdler.
  • 1985 – Kadri Lehtla, Estonian biathlete.
  • 1985 – Miko Mälberg, Estonian swimmer.
  • 1987 – Lina Grinčikaitė, Lithuanian sprinter.
  • 1989 – Katinka Hosszú, Hungarian swimmer.
  • 1996 – Mary Cain, American runner.

People (Deaths)

  • 1882 – Leonidas Smolents, Austrian-Greek general and army minister (b. 1806).
  • 1916 – Tom Clarke, Irish rebel (b. 1858).
  • 1925 – Clément Ader, French engineer, designed the Ader Avion III (b. 1841).
  • 1972 – Emil Breitkreutz, American runner and coach (b. 1883).
  • 2006 – Earl Woods, American colonel, baseball player, and author (b. 1932).
  • 2007 – Wally Schirra, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1923).
  • 2010 – Peter O’Donnell, English soldier and author (b. 1920).
  • 2013 – Keith Carter, American swimmer and soldier (b. 1924).
  • 2013 – Branko Vukelić, Croatian politician, 11th Minister of Defence for Croatia (b. 1958).
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