What Happened on November 3

Historical Events

  • 644 Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed in Medina by Lu'lu, an enslaved Persian captive
  • 1534 English parliament passes the Act of Supremacy making Henry VIII and all subsequent monarchs the Head of the 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 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space
  • 1970 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
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Nov 3 in Film & TV

  • 1953 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released

Nov 3 in Music

Nov 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 Championship 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

  • 1954 American aspiring songwriter Sonny Bono (19) weds American Donna Rankin; divorce in 1962
  • 1963 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (26) weds cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (34) at the Moscow Wedding Palace
  • 1972 American singer-songwriter James Taylor (23) weds American singer-songwriter Carly Simon (27 or 29) at her Manhattan apartment, they announce the nuptials and celebrate that evening at his Radio City Music Hall concert; divorce in 1983

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