Events in History on March 3

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  • 78 Origin of Saka Era (India)
  • 468 St Simplicius elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius
  • 493 Ostrogoten King Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker
  • 1284 Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England
  • 1409 Austrian civil war ends
  • 1431 Bishop Gabriele Condulmer elected as Pope Eugene IV

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1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
  • 1585 The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza.
  • 1627 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks and conquerors 22 Portuguese ships in Bay of Salvador, Brazil
  • 1634 1st tavern in Boston (Mass) opens (Samuel Cole)
  • 1638 Duke Bernard van Saksen-Weimar occupies Rheinfelden
  • 1776 American commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1791 1st US internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)
  • 1791 Congress establishes US Mint
  • 1794 Richard Allen founded African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 1801 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
  • 1803 1st impeachment trial of a US federal judge, John Pickering, begins
  • 1803 Colégio Militar is founded in Portugal by Colonel Teixeira Rebello.
  • 1805 Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 1812 US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)
  • 1813 Office of Surgeon General of the US Army forms
  • 1815 US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute
  • 1817 Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
  • 1820 Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.
  • 1835 Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana
  • 1837 Congress increases US Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9

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1837 US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1838 Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
  • 1842 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
  • 1843 Congress appropriates $30,000 "to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs" by the US
  • 1845 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto
  • 1845 US Congress authorizes ocean mail contracts for foreign mail delivery
  • 1845 Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
  • 1847 US Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps
  • 1849 Gold Coinage Act authorizes $20 Double Eagle gold coin
  • 1849 Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 1849 US Home Department (later renamed the Department of the Interior) established by Congress
  • 1851 Congress authorizes smallest US silver coin (3 cent piece)
  • 1853 Transcontinental railroad survey is authorized by US Congress
  • 1853 US Assay Office in NYC authorized
  • 1855 US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use
  • 1855 US Congress authorizes registered mail
  • 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].
  • 1862 Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)
  • 1863 US Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific Railroad
  • 1863 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

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1863 Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1863 Congress authorizes a US mint at Carson City, Nevada
  • 1863 Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1863 Free city delivery replaces zone postage; 449 letter carriers hired
  • 1863 Gold certificates (currency) authorized by US Congress
  • 1863 Idaho Territory forms
  • 1865 US Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, & Abandoned Lands established by Abraham Lincoln to help destitute free blacks
  • 1865 Opening of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.
  • 1869 University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • 1871 US Congress changes Indian tribes status from independent to dependent
  • 1871 US Congress establishes the civil service system
  • 1873 US Congress authorizes federal departmental postage stamps
  • 1873 US Congress & government retroactively raise own salaries
  • 1873 Censorship: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.
  • 1875 1st recorded hockey game (Montreal)
  • 1875 US Congress authorizes 20 cent coin, lasts only 3 years

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1877 Rutherford Birchard Hayes is sworn in as the 19th US president

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1878 Bulgaria liberated from Turkey (Peace of San Stefano)
  • 1879 1st female lawyer heard by US Supreme Court (Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood)
  • 1879 US Geological Survey director authorized in Department of the Interior
  • 1882 NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • 1883 Congress authorizes the 1st steel vessels in US navy
  • 1885 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission
  • 1885 American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates
  • 1885 US Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of federal government)
  • 1885 US Post Office offers special delivery for 1st-class mail
  • 1887 American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa

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1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

Author Helen Keller
Helen Keller
  • 1891 US Congress creates Courts of Appeal
  • 1891 US Congress creates Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Dept)
  • 1891 The Penalty Spot Kick rule in Association Football is conceived, but does not come into effect until the next season.
  • 1892 1st cattle tuberculosis test in US made, Villa Nova, Penn
  • 1893 Columbian Isabella silver quarter authorized
  • 1893 US Congress authorizes 1st federal road agency, in Department of Agriculture
  • 1894 "NY Atlantis" 1st Greek-language publication in US begins
  • 1894 4th & last British government of Gladstone resigns
  • 1899 US Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar
  • 1899 George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy
  • 1900 US Steel Corporation organizes
  • 1901 US Congress creates National Bureau of Standards, in Department of Commerce
  • 1903 North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses

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1904 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1905 US Forest Service forms

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1905 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia agrees to summon a 'consultative assembly' and concedes other points including an edict of religious toleration, relief for Jews, and the cancellation of certain debts

  • 1906 Vuia I aircraft built by Romanian Traja Vuia tested in France

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1910 Rockefeller Foundation: John D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can be devoted full time to being a philanthropist

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1911 1st US federal cemetery with Union & Confederate graves opens, Missouri
  • 1913 Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington, D.C.
  • 1915 US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics(NACA) created, the predecessor of NASA
  • 1917 US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
  • 1917 Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations
  • 1918 Richard Goering's "Seeschlacht" premieres in Berlin
  • 1918 Facing pressure from internal counterrevolutionary forces and an external German offensive, the Bolsheviks are forced to signs the harsh Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany and Austria
  • 1919 1st international air mail service from US, Seattle-Victoria, BC
  • 1919 Communist Party in Germany announces a general strike
  • 1921 Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin
  • 1921 The Asiatic Inquiry Commission, established by the South African Government, proposes a system of voluntary repatriation and segregation of Indians and prohibits Indians from buying agricultural land in a specified area along the coast
  • 1922 Italian fascists occupy Fiume & Rijeka
  • 1922 WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Time magazine publishes 1st issue featuring Joseph G. Cannon (Speaker of US House of Representatives)
  • 1923 US Senate rejects membership of the International Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 1924 German & Turkish friendship/trade treaty signed
  • 1924 Sean O'Casey's "Juno & the Paycock" premieres in Dublin
  • 1926 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • 1931 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • 1933 German presidential candidate Earnest Thalmann (KPD) arrested
  • 1933 Mount Rushmore dedicated

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1934 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

Gangster John Dillinger
John Dillinger
  • 1935 Dutch Revolutionary Socialist Worker's party (RSAP), forms
  • 1936 Clarence Grimmett ends his Test career with 13 wkts in 5th Test v South Africa
  • 1937 Australia snatches series against England 3-2 after being 2-0 down
  • 1938 American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)

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1939 In Mumbai (Bombay), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest against autocratic rule in India.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1940 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label

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1941 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1942 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
  • 1943 Bomb fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die
  • 1943 F Ryerson & Cohn Claues' "Harriet" premieres in NYC
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy

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1945 Winston Churchill visits Field Marshal Montgomery's headquarters

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1945 RAF bombing error hits The Hague killing 511
  • 1945 Roermond & Venlo, Netherlands, liberated
  • 1945 US & Philippine forces recaptures Corregidor
  • 1945 US 7th Army occupies last part of Westwall
  • 1946 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • 1946 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 1952 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • 1953 Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
  • 1956 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • 1956 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • 1956 Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • 1957 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • 1957 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins (USA)
  • 1957 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • 1958 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • 1959 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • 1959 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • 1960 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • 1961 King Hassan II ascends to throne of Morocco
  • 1962 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • 1963 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1966 James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC

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1966 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinee

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1966 Rock group Buffalo Springfield forms
  • 1966 Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • 1967 Grenada gains partial independence from Britain
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • 1968 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • 1969 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • 1971 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

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1972 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1974 World's worst air disaster, Turkish DC-10 crashes in Paris (346 die)
  • 1975 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana
  • 1976 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • 1976 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
  • 1977 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • 1977 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • 1977 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • 1980 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1980 The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned.

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1980 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1982 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • 1985 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • 1989 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • 1989 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • 1991 Iraqi generals & Gen "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss cease fire

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1991 LA Police severely beat motorist Rodney King, captured on amateur video

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1991 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • 1991 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • 1991 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal
  • 1991 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • 1991 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • 1992 Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 263 die

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1992 US President George H. W. Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established.
  • 1994 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels
  • 1996 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • 1997 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.

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1998 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 2002 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • 2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world's largest brewer.
  • 2005 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • 2005 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
  • 2009 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • 2012 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • 2012 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • 2013 45 people are killed by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2013 A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured

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2015 "Under the Dome" a documentary on pollution in China by Chai Jing has been viewed over 150 million times in 3 days on Tencent

Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Environmental Activist
Chai Jing