June 3 is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years). There are 211 days remaining until the end of the year.
1979 – A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill up until recently.
1992 – Aboriginal Land Rights are granted in Australia in Mabo v Queensland (1988), a case brought about by Eddie Mabo.
1918 – Patrick Cargill, English actor remembered for his role on the British television sitcom Father, Dear Father and also supported Tony Hancock in a number of his TV and radio shows including the class The Bowmans.
1925 – Tony Curtis, American actor born Bernard Schwartz) American film actor. He has played a variety of roles, from light comic, such as the musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot, to serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Possbily his best role was as Harry Houdini. Since 1949, he has appeared in more than 100 films and has made frequent television appearances.
1930 – Dakota Staton, American jazz singer (d. 2007)from Pittsburgh also known by the Muslim name Aliyah Rabia for a period, was an American jazz vocalist who found international acclaim with the 1957 No. 4 hit, "The Late, Late Show".
1945 – Hale Irwin, American professional golfer He is one of the few players in history to have won three U.S. Opens and was one of the world's leading golfers for much of the 1970s and 1980s. He has also developed a career as a golf course architect.
1942 – Curtis Mayfield, American soul, rhythm and blues, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly. From these works and others, he is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums.
1910 - Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) American film and theatre actress. A former child fashion model and in several Broadway productions as Ziegfeld Girl, she was a major star of the Paramount Studio in the 1940s. She was married to several notable men, including Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith and Erich Maria Remarque. Goddard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in So Proudly We Hail! (1943).
1906 Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American expatriate entertainer and actress. She became a French citizen in 1937. Most noted as a singer, Baker also was a celebrated dancer in her early career. She was given the nicknames the "Bronze Venus" or the "Black Pearl", as well as the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations. In France, she has always been known as "La Baker".