On This Day for 3rd February

Historical Events

  • 1451 Sultan Mehmed II (the Conqueror) inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1690 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
  • 1870 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
  • 1919 League of Nations first meeting (Paris)
  • 1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)

Did You Know?

Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo

On February 3rd, 1882

Famous Weddings

  • 1112 Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
  • 1547 Russian Tsar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
  • 1910 Author James Weldon Johnson (38) weds civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson (24) at her family's home
  • 1994 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
  • 2006 "The Science Guy" Bill Nye (50) weds author/oboist Blair Tindall at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • 1999 Actress Angelina Jolie (23) divorces actor Jonny Lee Miller (26) after 3 years of marriage