What Happened on March 3

Significant Events

  • 1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
  • 1857 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
  • 1861 Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs [OS=Feb 19].
  • 1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 1939 In Mumbai (Bombay), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest against autocratic rule in India.
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1991 LA Police severely beat motorist Rodney King, captured on amateur video
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Did You Know?

Censorship: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.

On March 3, 1873

Famous Weddings

  • 1956 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia
  • 1984 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California
  • 2004 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2006 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2007 Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley (41) weds Indian textile heir Arun Nayar (42) at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England

Famous Divorces

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