What Happened on February 3

Significant Events

  • 1451 Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire
  • 1509 The Battle of Diu, naval battle at port of Diu, India between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire, establishes Portugese trading control
  • 1870 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
  • 1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
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Did You Know?

Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo

On February 3, 1882

Would You Believe?

Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"

On February 3, 1931

Famous Weddings

  • 1112 Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
  • 1547 Russian Tsar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
  • 1910 Author James Weldon Johnson (38) weds civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson (24) at her family's home
  • 1994 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
  • 2006 "The Science Guy" Bill Nye (50) weds author/oboist Blair Tindall at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • 1999 Actress Angelina Jolie (23) divorces actor Jonny Lee Miller (26) after 3 years of marriage
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