- 1451 Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire
- 1509 The Battle of Diu, naval battle at port of Diu, India between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire, establishes Portugese trading control
- 1870 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
- 1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
On February 3, 1882
Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"
On February 3, 1931