May 3rd

2010
Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was apprehended aboard a flight preparing to depart New York for Dubai.
2010 Times Square car bombing attempt
2007
Astronaut Wally Schirra died at age 84.
Wally Schirra
2005
Iraq's first democratically elected government was sworn in.
Elections in Iraq
2003
New Hampshire’s symbol, the granite Old Man of the Mountain, collapsed in the state’s Franconia Mountains.
Old Man of the Mountain
2001
The United States, a member of the UN Human Rights Commission since its inception, lost its seat. It would be restored the following year.
United Nations Human Rights Council
1999
A tornado produces the highest wind speeds ever recorded. The F5 tornado hitting parts of Oklahoma City caused the record wind speed of about 301 mph (484 km/h). 45 people were killed, 665 injured.
Tornado records
1988
The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan's activities.
Talk:Nancy Reagan/Archive 2
1986
At the age of 54, legendary horse jockey Bill Shoemaker became the oldest person to win the Kentucky Derby, riding Ferdinand to victory.
Bill Shoemaker
1979
Margaret Thatcher is elected British Prime Minister. The conservative politician was the first female head of state in Europe. During her 11-year reign, her sweeping economic reforms polarized the British public and her toughness earning her the nickname The Iron Lady.
Margaret Thatcher
1978
The Digital Equipment Corporation sends the world's first spam email. A representative sent out 600 emails and sold computers for $12 million. Unsolicited bulk emails have since become a scourge of the digital age as spammers attempt to achieve a similar success.
History of email spam
1971
Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
Protests against the Iraq War
1960
The musical "The Fantasticks" opened off-Broadway, beginning a record run of nearly 42 years.
The Fantasticks
1958
Truman Capote's book Breakfast at Tiffany's is published. The novella is one of the U.S. author's most popular works. he 1961 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn is classic in its genre.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (novella)
1948
The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property.
Shelley v. Kraemer
1947
New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
Constitution of Japan
1945
WWII: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life.
SS Cap Arcona (1927)
1937
Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Gone with the Wind.".
Gone with the Wind
1936
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
Joe DiMaggio
1926
British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners.
1926 United Kingdom general strike
1921
West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
State of West Virginia
1919
Folk singer Pete Seeger was born in New York City.
Pete Seeger
1913
The first Indian full-length feature film is premiered. The release of Raja Harishchandra marked the birth of the Indian film industry, the world's largest in terms of films produced and ticket sales.
Raja Harishchandra
1898
Israeli founder and prime minister Golda Meir was born Goldie Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine.
Golda Meir
1851
Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire, 30 die.
History of San Francisco
1802
Washington, D.C., was incorporated.
Washington, D.C.
1791
The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
May 3rd Constitution Day