On this day

In 1971, Erich Honecker became First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, he remained in power until 1989. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 03 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1971, Erich Honecker became First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, he remained in power until 1989. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 03 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 03 MAY

2016 | Eighty-eight thousand people were evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a wildfire engulfed the community, destroying at least 2 400 homes and buildings.

2007 | The 3-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal, starting “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”.

2002 | An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed into a bank in Jalandhar, at least eight people were killed and 17 were injured.

1986 | Twenty-one people were killed and forty-one were injured after a bomb exploded on Air Lanka Flight 512 at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.

1971 | Erich Honecker became First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany on this day, he remained in power until 1989.

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BIRTHDAYS

1955 | Japanese actor, Seishirō Nishida. 

1965 | Syrian patriarch, Ignatius Aphrem II. 

1957 | Taiwanese-American ice hockey player and coach, Rod Langway. 

1977 | American soccer player, and coach, Ben Olsen. 

1989 | Hungarian swimmer, Katinka Hosszú. 

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2007 | American captain, pilot, and astronaut, Wally Schirra, 84.

1942 | Danish politician, 24th Prime Minister of Denmark, Thorvald Stauning, 69.

2007 | Japanese politician, Knock Yokoyama, 75.

2010 | German-American engineer, Guenter Wendt, 87.

1752 | British-American captain, and politician, fifth Governor of Restored Proprietary Government, Samuel Ogle, 60.

SPORTS

2014 | On this day, Hamilton defeated Morton 10-2 in the Scottish Tournament. It was the first double-figure score in the Scottish League since Rangers beat Raith Rovers 10-2 on 16 December 1967.

ENTERTAINMENT 

2002 | On this day in the United States “Spiderman” was released. 

AFRICA FACT 

About 30 percent of the world’s mineral reserves are in Africa.