The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 3rd.

  1. 1152 - Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  2. 1160 - Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c.1100)
  3. 1270 - King Béla IV of Hungary (b. 1206)
  4. 1294 - John I, Duke of Brabant (b. 1252/1253)
  5. 1481 - Mehmed II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1432)
  6. 1598 - Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
  7. 1606 - Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  8. 1622 - Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564)
  9. 1679 - James Sharp, English archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1613)
  10. 1693 - Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (b. 1607)
  11. 1704 - Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Bohemian composer (b. 1644)
  12. 1724 - John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (b. 1662)
  13. 1750 - John Willison, Scottish minister and writer (b. 1680)
  14. 1752 - Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  15. 1758 - Pope Benedict XIV (b. 1675)
  16. 1763 - George Psalmanazar, British imposter (b. 1679)
  17. 1764 - Francesco Algarotti, Italian philosopher (b. 1712)
  18. 1779 - John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  19. 1793 - Martin Gerbert, German theologian and historian (b. 1720)
  20. 1839 - Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer (b. 1771)
  21. 1856 - Adolphe Charles Adam, French composer (b. 1803)
  22. 1942 - Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1873)
  23. 1958 - Frank Foster, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  24. 1987 - Dalida, French singer (b. 1933)
  25. 1988 - Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  26. 1988 - Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (b. 1907)
  27. 1989 - Christine Jorgenson, American transexual (b. 1926)
  28. 1989 - Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  29. 1991 - Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-born writer (b. 1933)
  30. 1994 - Ezra Taft Benson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
  31. 1996 - Jack Weston, American actor (b.1924)
  32. 1996 - Alex Kellner, baseball player (b. 1924)
  33. 2002 - Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  34. 2003 - Suzy Parker, American actress (b. 1932)
  35. 2004 - Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  36. 2004 - Darrell Johnson, baseball player (b. 1928)
  37. 2006 - Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  38. 2006 - Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)