On This Day

What Happened on March 3

Important Events

  • 1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi
  • 1857 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China
  • 1861 Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs and granting them the full rights of free citizens [O.S. Feb 19]
  • 1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 1917 1st major strike of the Russian "February Revolution" starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [OS=Feb 18]
  • 1921 Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin
  • 1939 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted
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Mar 3 in Film & TV

  • 1985 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

Mar 3 in Music

Mar 3 in Sport

  • 1956 Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

US Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail

On March 3, 1873

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured

On March 3, 2013

Famous Weddings

  • 1956 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia
  • 1984 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California
  • 2004 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

  • 1995 Camilla Parker Bowles (46) and her husband retired Army Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles(55) divorce, after 21 years of marriage
  • 2008 Actor Michael Biehn (52) divorces film producer Gina Marsh after 20 years of marriage
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