May 3rd is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 242 days remaining until the end of the year.
1491 – Nkuwu Nzinga of the Kingdom of Kongo was baptised as João I by Portuguese missionaries.
1848 – The Benty Grange helmet, a boar-crested Anglo-Saxon helmet similar to those in Beowulf, was discovered in Derbyshire, England.
1913 – Raja Harishchandra, the first Indian feature-length film, was released.
1920 – Relying on the 11th Red Army operating in neighboring Azerbaijan, Bolsheviks attempted to stage a coup d’etat in Georgia.
1999 – A Doppler on Wheels team measured the fastest winds recorded on Earth (301 ±20 mph, or 484 ±32 km/h) in a tornado near Bridge Creek, Oklahoma, U.S.
Amy Ryan turns 49
Bobby Cannavale turns 48
Dule Hill turns 43
Christina Hendricks turns 43
Rebecca Hall turns 36