On This Day

What Happened on July 3

Important Events

  • 324 Battle of Adrianople: Roman Emperor Constantine I defeats his co-emperor Licinius, who flees to Byzantium
  • 1187 Battle of Horns of Hattin: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem's crusader army
  • 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union during the US Civil War
  • 1884 Dow Jones publishes its 1st stock index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average
  • 1996 UK House of Commons announces that the Stone of Scone, aka the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish (and subsequently English and British monarchs), will be returned to Scotland after 700 years in Westminster Abbey
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Jul 3 in Film & TV

Jul 3 in Music

  • 2018 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Jul 3 in Sport

  • 1976 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

Did You Know?

Intergovernmental Conference on Identity Certificates for Russian Refugees, convened by Fridtjof Nansen in Geneva, creates the Nansen passports (for stateless persons)

On July 3, 1922

Would You Believe?

Common tern banded in Maine; found dead in 1919 in Africa (1st bird known to have crossed the Atlantic)

On July 3, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1468 Charles the Stout, Duke of Burgundy marries Princess Margaret of York
  • 1920 Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)
  • 1951 Author Maya Angelou (23) weds Thomas J. Angelos

Famous Divorces

  • 1929 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage

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