What Happened on August 3

Significant Events

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
  • 1596 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
  • 1914 Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I
  • 1934 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself "Führer" (leader)
  • 1972 U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
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August 3 in Film & TV

  • 1995 CNN en Espanol premieres

August 3 in Music

  • 1958 The Billboard Hot 100 is founded

August 3 in Sport

  • 1949 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 2017 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Did You Know?

First known letter sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland

On August 3, 1527

Would You Believe?

South African government bans Beatle records

On August 3, 1966

Famous Weddings

  • 1824 Inventor Charles Goodyear (23) weds Clarissa Beecher
  • 1932 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill
  • 2000 British PM Gordon Brown (49) weds Sarah Jane Macaulay (36) in North Queensferry, Fife
  • 2013 Actor and model Kevin Zegers (28) weds talent agent Jaime Feld in New Jersey

Famous Divorces

  • 1979 Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage
  • 2012 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage
  • 2015 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage
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