It happened today – this day in history – May 3

1621: Lord Chancellor Francis Bacon is accused of bribery.

1758: Death of Pope Benedict XIV aged 83.

1802: Washington DC is incorporated as a city.

1851: A major fire in San Francisco destroys 1500-2000 buildings.

1863: The Second Battle of Fredericksburg occurs in Virginia during the American Civil War

1903: Bing (Harry Lillis) Crosby is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1915: John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields”.

1916: Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising.

1919: Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah declares war against Britain.

1926: The TUC calls for Britain’s first ever general strike.

1937: Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”.

1942: The Luftwaffe bombs Exeter, destroying the town centre.

1947: Japan’s post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan’s right to make war.


1951: George VI inaugurates the Festival of Britain at a service in St Paul’s Cathedral and later attends a concert at the new Royal Festival Hall.

1952: Kitty Wells records It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels. Wells was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. It became the first No.1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

1965: Cambodia cuts off diplomatic relations with the US.

1968: The first heart transplant in Britain is carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. On the same day, the Jimi Hendrix Experience record the song Voodoo Chile for the Electric Ladyland album.

1969: Jimi Hendrix is arrested by police on his way to Toronto for possession of hashish and heroin. He claims the drugs were planted on him.

1970: Singles chart:

  1. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  2. Back Home – England World Cup Squad
  3. All Kinds Of Everything – Dana
  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  5. Daughter Of Darkness – Tom Jones
  6. House Of The Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
  7. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Andy Williams
  8. Travellin’ Band – Credence Clearwater Revival
  9. Never Had A Dream Come True – Stevie Wonder
  10. Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top – The Hollies
1970: Paul McCartney – McCartney

Album chart:

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  2. McCartney – Paul McCartney
  3. Greatest Hits – Andy Williams
  4. Cricklewood Green – Ten Years After
  5. Easy Rider – Original Soundtrack
  6. Tom – Tom Jones
  7. Benefit – Jethro Tull
  8. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
  9. Motown Chartbusters Vol 3 – Various Artists
  10. Willie And The Poor Boys – Credence Clearwater Revival

1972: Les Harvey, guitarist with Stone The Crows and younger brother of Alex Harvey, dies after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University.

1986: A bomb explodes on an Air Lanka passenger jet at Colombo’s airport leaving 21 dead and 41 injured.

2021: A subway overpass carrying a train collapses in Mexico City killing at least 24 people. On the same day, Mark Selby wins his fourth world snooker title defeating Shaun Murphy. Also, R&B singer Lloyd Price dies aged 88.

2023: A 13-year-old Serbian student shoots and kills eight students and a security guard at his Belgrade school. On the same day, a drone attack is carried out on the Kremlin in Moscow and singer Linda Lewis (Freedericks) dies aged 72.

Christina Hendricks (Dominick D)

BIRTHDAYS: Jane Morgan (Florence Currier), singer, 100; Frankie Valli (Castelluccio), singer, 90; Mary Hopkin, singer, 74; Christopher Cross (Geppert), singer-songwriter, 73; Sandi Toksvig, broadcaster/comedian, 66; Ben Elton, writer/comedian, 65; David Ball, musician (Soft Cell) 65; Steve McClaren, football manager, 63; Rob Brydon (Jones), comedian/actor, 59; Bobby Cannavale, actor, 54; Christina Hendricks, actress, 49; Paul Banks, singer (Interpol), 46; Rebecca Hall, actress, 42; Poppy Delevingne, model/actress, 38; Michael Kiwanuka, singer/songwriter, 37; Alex Iwobi, footballer, 28.