What Happened on June 3

Historical Events

  • 1621 Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)
  • 1929 Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
  • 1943 A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.
  • 1979 Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled in one of world's worst oil spills
  • 1989 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
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Did You Know?

Dr Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted

On June 3, 1934

Famous Weddings

  • 1869 Composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy
  • 1908 NHL goaltender Georges Vezina (21) weds Marie Adelaide Stella Morin in Chicoutimi, Canada
  • 1929 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy in New York City
  • 1937 Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) weds Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France
  • 1941 Author Irving Wallace marries writer Sylvia Kahn
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