What Happened on June 3

Significant Events

  • 1621 Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)
  • 1929 Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
  • 1943 A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots
  • 1976 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • 1979 Ixtoc I rig in the Gulf of Mexico blows, spilling 3 million barrels of oil in one of the worst oil spills in history
  • 1989 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
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June 3 in Film & TV

  • 1988 "Big" film directed by Penny Marshall, starring Tom Hanks premieres in US

June 3 in Sport

Did You Know?

Dr Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted

On June 3, 1934


Would You Believe?

Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968 by shooting him three times. She was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleaded guilty to "reckless assault with intent to harm", serving a 3 year sentence

On June 3, 1968

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