On This Day

What Happened on August 3, 2001

Historical Events

Film Release

"The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released nationwide

  • 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia becomes first athlete to achieve Olympics-World Championships marathon double; runs 2:12:42 to beat Kenya's Simon Biwott by just 0.1s in Edmonton World Championships
  • The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, injuring 7 people

Historic Event

US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001

Famous Deaths

  • Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • Lars Johan Werle, Swedish avant-garde composer (Pentagram; Resan - The Journey), singer, and jazz musician, dies at 75
2001 Highlights

About August 3, 2001

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 20 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo