What Happened on November 3

Significant Events

  • 644 Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina
  • 1534 English parliament passes Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII and subsequent monarchs become Head of Church of England
  • 1620 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
  • 1640 English Long Parliament forms
  • 1906 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help
  • 1957 USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit
  • 1970 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
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November 3 in Film & TV

  • 1953 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • 1992 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

November 3 in Music

November 3 in Sport

  • 1991 Ayrton Senna wins Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions; Senna retains his 3rd World Drivers title by 24 points from Nigel Mansell

Did You Know?

Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet

On November 3, 1928


Would You Believe?

The Times of India, world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce

On November 3, 1838

Famous Weddings

  • 1963 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (26) weds cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (34) at the Moscow Wedding Palace
  • 2012 Professional bull rider Luke Snyder (30) weds Jennifer Manna (34) at Big Cedar Lodge outside of Branson, Missouri
  • 2012 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas
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