March 3 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2019: The 2019 Lee County tornado outbreak killed 23 people.
- 2015: The Tuscaloosa Embassy Suites Hotel opened.
- 2014: The vinyl-clad Pepsi billboard over the Two North Twentieth sign was dedicated.
- 1984: Jesse Jackson made a campaign appearance at Kelly Ingram Park.
- 1970: 6th Avenue Baptist Church held their first services at their current building in South Titusville.
- 1957: A large group of Ku Klux Klan members in hoods and robes visited the Birmingham Zoo to see the result of their donations.
- 1956: Brothers Billy and Robert Dye and their cousin Dan Brasher disappeared.
- 1923: A performance by the Washington Goodner Trio at the Frolic Theatre was cut short due to "smutty" jokes.
- 1919: University of Montevallo's College Night tradition began.
- 1915: Oscar Underwood succeeded Francis White as U.S. Senator from Alabama.
- 1899: The Birmingham Southern Railroad Company was organized.
- 1831: Samuel B. Moore, as President of the state Senate, succeeded Gabriel Moore as Governor at his election to the U. S. Senate.
- 1819: William Wyatt Bibb was appointed the first and only governor of the Alabama Territory.
- 1817: The Alabama Territory was created by splitting the Mississippi Territory along the western border of Washington County.
- 1981: Birmingham Zoo elephant Bulwagi was born at Lion Country Safari near West Palm Beach, Florida.
- 1977: Actor Barret Swatek was born.
- 1962: Politician Tim James was born in Opelika.
- 1988: Pastor John C. Fletcher died.
- 1988: Actress Lois Wilson died in Reno, Nevada.
- 1924: Industrialist John Eagan died in Asheville, North Carolina.