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
  • 1928 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')
  • 1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
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February 3 in Film & TV

February 3 in Music

  • 1959 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.

February 3 in Sport

  • 1876 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football

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 journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "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 [Ivan the Terrible] (17) marries Anastasia Romanova (17)
  • 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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