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3 May

1357BC – China – Solar eclipse observed. http://www.phenomena.org.uk

752 – Mayan Empire – Bird Jaguar IV became King. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaxun_B%27alam_IV

996 – Rome – Bruno of Carinthia became Pope Gregory V, aged 24, first German Pope. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_V

1481 – Rhodes – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw, 30,000 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1481_Rhodes_earthquake

1715 – Northern Europe – Total solar eclipse visible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_3,_1715

1758 – Rome – Pope Benedict XIV died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XIV

1808 – Finland – Siege of Sveaborg ended (Finnish War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Sveaborg

1811 – Spain – Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro began (Peninsular War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fuentes_de_O%C3%B1oro

1815 – Italy – Battle of Tolentino ended (Neapolitan War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tolentino

1830 – UK – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway opened. http://crabandwinkle.org/?page_id=20 https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/media/215102/cant-whit-railway-5areas-consarea-appraisal-2000.pdf

1837 – Greece – University of Athens founded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_and_Kapodistrian_University_of_Athens

1846 – USA – Siege of Fort Texas began (Mexican-American War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Fort_Texas

1849 – Saxony – May Uprising began in Dresden (Spring of Nations). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Uprising_in_Dresden

1860 – Sweden – Coronation of Charles XV. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_XV_of_Sweden

1866 – USA – Memphis Riots ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_riots_of_1866


1901 – USA – Great fire of Jacksonville, Florida. https://youtu.be/z7SpWn-CQ14  https://www.floridamemory.com/photographiccollection/photo_exhibits/jacksonvillefire/


1913 – India – Raja Harishchandra, first full-length Indian feature film released. https://youtu.be/3Zevm0Zjc-k  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Harishchandra


1921 – Ireland – Partition began. https://youtu.be/dCJMQgfHXNI  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_of_Ireland

1942 – Solomon Islands – Invasion of Tulagi began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Tulagi_(May_1942)

1942 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Hamburg (WWII).

1943 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Dortmund (WWII).

http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1945 – Myanmar – RAF plane missing between Meiktila & Payagi, 6 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450503-2

1945 – Germany – SS Cap Arcona, SS Thielbeck & SS Deutschland sunk by RAF at Bay of Lübeck. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Cap_Arcona_(1927)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Thielbek_(1940)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Deutschland_(1923)

1947 – Costa Rica – TACA plane crashed near Nicoya Airport, 11 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470503-0


1951 – UK – Royal Festival Hall opened in London with the Festival of Britain. https://youtu.be/m9uGlfvyH0M   http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/3/newsid_2481000/2481099.stm

1952 – North Pole – Lt Col Joseph Fletcher & Lt Col William Benedict landed plane. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/may3/aircraft-lands-north-pole/

1952 – USSR – Aeroflot plane crashed near Khandyga, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19520503-0

1960 – Netherlands – The Anne Frank House opened in Amsterdam. http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Exhibitions/Temporary-Exhibitions/Otto-Frank-His-dream/

1968 – USA – Braniff International Airways Flight 352 crashed near Dawson, Texas, 85 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19680503-0

1973 – USA – Sears Tower topped off. https://youtu.be/026X0hqKLbc http://www.willistower.com/building-information/history-and-facts/

1985 – Ukraine – Aeroflot Flight 8381 and Soviet Air Force plane collided near Zolochev, 94 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19850503-0

1986 – Sri Lanka – Bomb exploded on Air Lanka Flight 512 at Bandaranaike International Airport, 21 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/3/newsid_2481000/2481291.stm http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19860503-1

1995 – Croatia – Operation Flash began (Croatian War of Independence). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Flash

1996 – China – Earthquake measuring 6.4Mw, epicentre near Baotou, 26 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Baotou_earthquake

1999 – USA – A tornado hit Oklahoma City, 45 killed. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/20/us/oklahoma-1999-tornado/

2002 – West Bank – Operation Defensive Shield ended (Second Intifada). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Defensive_Shield

2002 – India – Indian Air Force plane crashed at Jalandhar, Punjab, 8 killed. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=57692


2003 – USA – Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire, collapsed. https://youtu.be/n92KjA7fn30  http://www.geotimes.org/may03/WebExtra050503.html

2006 – Tonga – Earthquake measuring 8.0Mw.

2006 – Russia – Armavia Flight 967 crashed near Sochi Airport, 113 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20060503-0

2015 – USA – Baltimore Protests ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Baltimore_protests

2015 – USA – Curtis Culwell Centre Attack, 2 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Culwell_Center_attack