Saturday, the 3rd of May, 2014 is the 123th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.

General Events:

Free Comic Book Day
May 3, 2014 in the World

Free Comic Book Day is observed annually on May 03, 2014. The event was established by Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California. He brainstormed the idea in his “Big Picture” column in the August 2001 issue of “Comics & Games Retailer” magazine. It is a promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores.

Free Comic Book Day has often been tied to the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well-known superhero property, in order to take advantage of the film’s heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium. The first event took place in 2002, just a day after the opening of the first Spider-Man movie. However, successful events did not have specific date tie-ins to comics-related movie openings.

A comic book is a publication of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons. The first comic book appeared in the United States in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips

Free Comic Book Day – CSLS Store Locator
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator

Where is Free Comic Book Day?
Worldwide

World Press Freedom Day
May 3, 2014 in the World

The World Press Freedom Day takes place on May 03, 2014. This date was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.

UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defense or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. Created in 1997, the prize is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of 14 news professionals. Names are submitted by regional and international non-governmental organizations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.

UNESCO also marks World Press Freedom Day each year by bringing together media professionals, press freedom organizations and UN agencies to assess the state of press freedom worldwide and discuss solutions for addressing challenges. Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through vehicles including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.

World Press Freedom Day 2014:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-press-freedom-day/homepage/

Where is World Press Freedom Day?
Worldwide

Constitution Memorial Day
May 3, 2014 in Japan

Constitution Memorial Day is celebrated on May 03, 2014. Constitution Memorial Day is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place on May third in celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan. It is a part of the collection of holidays known as Golden Week.

Where is Constitution Memorial Day?
Nationwide Japan

Lumpy Rug Day 2014
May 3, 2014 in the World

Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated on May 03, 2014. It’s a day to take action to check and smoothen your rugs: a rug shouldn’t be lumpy! The term “carpet” is often used interchangeably with the term “rug”. Some define a carpet as stretching from wall to wall. Another definition treats rugs as of lower quality or of smaller size, with carpets quite often having finished ends.

Where is Lumpy Rug Day?
Worldwide

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
May 3, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Two Different Colored Shoes Day! For 364 days a year, most people wear matching footwear, but today is your excuse to step outside the box.

Dr. Arlene Kaiser created National Two Different Colored Shoes Day to recognize and celebrate human diversity. According to Dr. Kaiser, the simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality. By taking this “positive risk,” you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life.

Wearing two different colored shoes can be as simple as wearing a black shoe and a brown shoe, or as outrageous as wearing a flip-flop and a boot. However you decide to express yourself today, do so with pride! Happy National Two Different Colored Shoes Day!

Where is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day?
Nationwide USA

Sports Events:

Kentucky Derby
May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Today is the Kentucky Derby! Every year on the first Saturday of May, over 150,000 people gather in Louisville, Kentucky to witness the most exciting two minutes in sports. This afternoon, a group of three-year-old Thoroughbred horses will race for the chance to win the first “jewel” of the Triple Crown. It is an occasion famous for its extravagant hats, mint julep cocktails, and general pomp and circumstance.

The history of the Kentucky Derby is as exciting as the race itself. In 1863, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark attended the Grand Prix de Paris horserace in Paris. Inspired by what he saw, he returned to America and organized the construction of a beautiful new horseracing facility for the Louisville Jockey Club. Today we know it as the Churchill Downs. The first Kentucky Derby race took place at the track in 1875.

To celebrate this exciting annual event, invite friends and family over for a Kentucky Derby watch party!

Where is Kentucky Derby?
Nationwide Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Historical Events:

1374 BC – Solar eclipse (2m07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astromoners “On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance.”

1494 – Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it “St Iago”

1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war

1661 – Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen

1715 – Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon “Baily’s Beads”

1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1845 – Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China

1846 – Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas

1851 – Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die

1867 – The Hudson’s Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.

1906 – British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey

1916 – The leaders of the Easter Rising are executed in Dublin.

1919 – Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain

1938 – Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain

1946 – International military tribunal in Tokyo begins

1960 – The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1965 – 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite

1971 – Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days

1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as “spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

1983 – Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe

1999 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.