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 accepts Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII becomes 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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Did You Know?

Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet

On November 3, 1928

Would You Believe?

1st modern elastic brassiere is patented by New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob

On November 3, 1913

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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