This Day In History : May 3

1993 France

World Press Freedom Day Declared by UNESCO

On May 3, 1993, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression. 

Also on This Day in History May 3

Discover what happened on May 3 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, May 3
  • 1970 Ted Crowley

    American hockey defenseman

  • 1971 Damon Dash

    American entrepreneur and label executive 

  • 1971 Josey Scott

    American singer

  • 1933 James Brown

    American singer

  • 1898 Golda Meir

    Israeli politician

Deaths on This Day, May 3
  • 1598 Anna Guarini

    Italian singer

  • 1614 Sasbout Vosmeer

    Dutch Catholic theologist and apostole vicar

  • 1679 James Sharp

    English archbishop

  • 1987 Dalida

    French singer and actress

  • 1856 Adolphe Adam

    French composer and teacher


Facebook Launches "Like" Button

Description: Facebook, the world's largest social media platform, introduced the "Like" button on May 3, 2010. This simple feature allowed users to express their approval or appreciation for posts and content shared by others on the platform. 

James Brown Sentenced to Prison

On May 3, 1988, legendary musician James Brown was sentenced to a six-year prison term for various charges, including possession of firearms and drug-related offenses. Brown, often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul," had a highly influential career in music but also faced legal troubles throughout his life. 

First Modern World's Fair Opens in London

The Great Exhibition, often considered the first modern world's fair, opened its doors to the public on May 3, 1851, in London's Hyde Park. Organized by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, the exhibition showcased the technological advancements.

Bob Marley's Final Concert

On May 3, 1980, reggae icon Bob Marley performed his final concert at the Stanley Theater (now known as The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of his "Uprising" tour. 
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