|American adventurer William Walker.|
May 3, 1469 – Niccolo Machiavelli, who wrote “The Prince” in 1513, was born in Florence, Italy.
May 3, 1765 - The first Quartering Act was enacted by the Parliament of Great Britain. This act expired on May 24, 1767.
May 3, 1775 - William Legge instructed colonial Governor Josiah Martin of North Carolina to organize an association of Loyalists and raise militias.
May 3, 1794 – James Osgood Andrew was born in Washington township in Wilkes County, Ga. He was the first native of Georgia to enter the Methodist ministry, and the Andrews Chapel in McIntosh, Ala. was later named in his honor.
May 3, 1802 - Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
May 3, 1848 – William R. King died in Orizaba, Mexico during Mexican War. He is buried at Belleville Baptist Church Cemetery in Conecuh County. Mexican War military records indicate that 2nd Lt. Wm. R. King served with Co. E (McAlpin’s), 1st Battalion of Alabama Volunteers of Mobile.
May 3, 1849 – Photojournalist Jacob Riis was born in Ribe, Denmark. His most famous book is “How the Other Half Lives” (1890).
May 3, 1855 – American adventurer William Walker departed from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
May 3, 1861 - U.S. President Lincoln asked for 42,000 Army Volunteers and 18,000 seamen.
May 3, 1863 - Confederate troops under Stonewall Jackson took Hazel Grove during the Battle of Chancellorsville.
May 3, 1863 - Union Colonel Abel Streight surrendered to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
May 3, 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman sent troops against Confederate forces at Dalton.
May 3, 1877 – Labatt Park in London, Ontario, Canada, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world, had its first game.
May 3, 1905 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Red Ruffing was born in Granville, Ill. He went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.
May 3, 1912 – Poet, novelist and memoirist May Sarton was born in Wondelgem, Belgium.
May 3, 1913 – William Inge, who came to be known as the “Playwright of the Midwest,” was born in Independence, Kansas.
May 3, 1915 – The first episode of the ‘Trey of Hearts’ was show at the Arcade Theatre in Evergreen, Ala.
May 3 – Sept. 1, 1915 – Per their customary, traditional agreement, stores in Evergreen began closing at 6 p.m. on every day except for Saturday.
May 3, 1920 – Daniel Robert “Dan” Bankhead, the first black pitcher in Major League Baseball, was born in Empire, Ala. in Walker County.
May 3, 1924 – Israeli poet and novelist Yehuda Amichai was born in Wurzburg, Germany.
May 3, 1936 - Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees made his Major League debut. He got three hits.
May 3, 1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."
May 3, 1938 - Author and Poet Laureate Samuel Minturn Peck died in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
May 3, 1938 - Lefty Grove got the first of a record 20 consecutive wins.
May 3, 1951 - Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees became the fifth player to get six RBI in an inning.
May 3, 1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States landed the first plane at the geographic North Pole.
May 3, 1952 – The Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
May 3, 1957 – Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agreed to move the team from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California.
May 3, 1962 – The Evergreen Courant reported that work began during the previous week on the construction of a new red brick sanctuary and educational building for the Castleberry Methodist Church. This new building was constructed on the site of the old wood frame church, which was dismantled prior to the start of construction. The new structure was scheduled to be complete by Aug. 25.
May 3, 1963 - Peaceful African American demonstrators, many of them teenagers, were beaten back in downtown Birmingham by fire hoses and police dogs. The extreme tactics, ordered by police commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor brought international attention to Project C, the name given to civil rights demonstrations in the city led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth.
May 3, 1965 - Alabama author Shirley Ann Grau is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her book “The Keepers of the House.”
May 3, 1971 - National Public Radio broadcasted for the first time.
May 3, 1971 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
May 3, 1978 – Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported 3.44 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.
May 3, 1980 - Ferguson Jenkins of the Texas Rangers became the fourth player to win 100 games in the American League and the National League.
May 3, 1980 - At Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Mobile, Ala. native Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit his 521st and last home run, off Scott Sanderson of the Montreal Expos. This home run gave McCovey the distinction, along with Ted Williams (with whom he was tied in home runs), Rickey Henderson and Omar Vizquel of homering in four different decades.
May 3, 1985 - A movie version of Alabama author Charles Gaines's book “Pumping Iron II: The Women” was released.
May 3, 1986 - Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees became the sixth player to hit three sacrifice flies in a game.
May 3, 1987 – A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop the restrictor plate for the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.
May 3, 1990 – Evergreen, Ala. attorney Tommy Chapman, 40, was administered the oath of office as district attorney for Conecuh and Monroe counties, having been appointed to the position by Ala. Gov. Guy Hunt to replace Ted Pearson of Monroeville, who retired.
May 3, 1992 - Gregg Olson of the Baltimore Orioles became the youngest player to record 100 saves. He was 25 years old.
May 3, 1992 - Eddie Murray of the New York Mets became the 24th player to hit 400 home runs.
May 3, 1994 - Author Mary Elizabeth Counselman died in Gadsden, Ala.
May 3, 1995 - David Bell debuted for the Cleveland Indians.
May 3, 1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserted the independence of Texas from the U.S.
May 3, 2000 – The sport of geocaching began when the first official geocache ever was hidden in Oregon and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
May 3, 2002 - The Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer was given to Alabama author Mary Ward Brown at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Ala.
May 3, 2006 - In Alexandria, Va., Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
May 3, 2007 – Evergreen, Ala. weather reporter Harry Ellis reported that total rainfall for the month of April 2007 was 5.44 inches.
May 3, 2014 – Sarah Katherine Powell, daughter of Mike and Lynn Powell of Excel, Ala., was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Monroe County 2015.