Historical Events on August 3

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8 Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus

Roman Emperor Tiberius
Roman Emperor
Tiberius
  • 435 Deposed Patriarch of Constantinople Nestorius, considered the originator of Nestorianism, exiled by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt
  • 881 Battle at Saucourt: French King Louis III beats the Vikings
  • 1108 Louis VI, "the Fat One," King of France, crowned
  • 1312 Power of Luik Patriarch murders over 200

Historic DiscoverySanta María

1492 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
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  • 1527 First known letter sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1529 "Peace of the Ladies" (Treaty of Cambrai) made between Holy Roman Empire and the French, negotiated by Louise of Savoy and Margaret of Austria
  • 1557 Dutch States-General meet at Valenciennes
  • 1596 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
  • 1635 Tokugawa Iemitsu, 3rd Tokugawa shogun, establishes alternate attendance (sankin kotai) feudal daimyōs spend 1 year at Edo Castle (Tokyo) and 1 year at their feudal manor, while their families remain in Tokyo as hostages (Traditional Japanese Date: June 21)
  • 1640 2,000 men VOC-army surrounds the city of Malacca
  • 1640 Zorilla's "Bire el Ojo" premieres in Toledo
  • 1645 Battle of Allersheim: French defeat Bavarians
  • 1650 Viceroy Willem II and Amsterdam reach accord about standing army
  • 1676 Nathaniel Bacon publishes "Declaration of People of Virginia"
  • 1678 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
  • 1692 Battle at Steenkerke: French beat English/Dutch army
  • 1704 English/Dutch fleet under Rooke/Callenburgh occupy Gibraltar
  • 1708 Battle at Trencsén: Austria beats Hungarian rebellion army
  • 1778 Teatro alla Scala opens in Milan
  • 1797 Emperor Francis I permits Jews who served in military in "Countries of Bohemian Crown" to marry non Jews

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1798 Battle of the Nile: British Admiral Horatio Nelson forces the remnants of the French fleet to surrender, concluding a decisive victory for the British who capture or destroy 11 French ships of the line and 2 frigates

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson

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1804 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt lands at Bordeaux, France completing his 5 year expedition to Latin America

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 1829 Gioacchino Rossini's "William Tell" premieres in Paris
  • 1829 Opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) Gioachino Rossini's last and greatest opera premieres in Paris
  • 1833 HMS Beagle reaches river mouth of Rio Negro
  • 1852 America's first intercollegiate sporting event takes place as the Harvard heavyweight rowing crew beats Yale by 2 lengths over 2 miles on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
  • 1855 Rotterdam-Gouda railway opens
  • 1860 The Second Maori War begins in New Zealand
  • 1861 Federal fleet bombards Galveston, Texas
  • 1863 Governor Seymour asks Lincoln to suspend draft in NY
  • 1880 American Canoe Association founded at Lake George, NY, first Commodore William L. Alden
  • 1881 Boers signs Convention of Pretoria: Transvaal semi-autonomous
  • 1881 US National Lawn Tennis Association removes "National" from its name
  • 1882 US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
  • 1897 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC

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1900 Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1904 British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
  • 1906 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns
  • 1907 Emperor Wilhelm (Germany) meets with Tsar Nicholas (Russia) to discuss Germany's plan to build a railroad to Baghdad; the discussion helps move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance
  • 1908 French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man 'Old man of La Chappelle' at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France
  • 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot on a California farm, 4 die in one of the first farm labour disputes
  • 1914 1st seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal
  • 1914 Belgium rejects demand to allow free crossing for German Army leading to their invasion hours later
  • 1914 French fleet sails to North Africa
  • 1914 German battle cruiser Goeben leaves Messina
  • 1914 Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I
  • 1914 World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through Churches forms
  • 1914 NY Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 Tigers' runners to 2nd base during the 1st innings, only time in 20th Century
  • 1914 British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey famously remarks "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time."

  • 1918 The first allied troops land at Archangel, the Russian port on the White Seas
  • 1921 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars
  • 1921 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury

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1923 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

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1923 Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1924 Dutch track cyclist Piet Moeskops wins his 4th consecutive UCI world sprint championship in Paris
  • 1925 Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912)
  • 1926 Traffic lights installed at Piccadilly Circus, London
  • 1928 Ray Barbuti wins 400m in 47.8 at the Amsterdam Olympics, the only individual track event won by an American at the Games
  • 1930 For the 2nd time in the year, Phillies outfielder Chuck Klein hits safely in 26 straight games, run halted in 2nd game of doubleheader v Boston Braves
  • 1932 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller
  • 1933 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out

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1934 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself "Führer" (leader)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1936 American sprinter Jesse Owens wins the 100m (10.3 seconds) in front of Adolf Hitler in a famous race at the Berlin Olympics, first of 4 gold medals at the Games

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1936 Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1939 Jean Genet's "Ondine" premieres in Paris
  • 1940 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • 1940 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • 1940 Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
  • 1940 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
  • 1941 Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US
  • 1941 German troops conquer Roslavl USSR

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1941 Joe DiMaggio goes 0-4 in Yankees 6-2 loss v St. Louis Browns, ending his on-base streak of 74 games, 2nd in MLB history

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

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1943 General Patton slaps a US GI in hospital, accusing him of cowardice

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1943 Nazi occupiers attack city of Orel, leave it on fire
  • 1944 Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp gases 4,000 gypsies
  • 1944 General Montgomery visits general Dempsey's headquarter
  • 1944 Allied troops under Lieutenant-General Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
  • 1946 Belgian government of Huysmans forms
  • 1948 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • 1948 FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist"
  • 1948 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • 1948 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • 1948 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • 1948 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating team mate Barney Ewell
  • 1948 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • 1949 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • 1949 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 1951 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1953 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of "Today Show"
  • 1954 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • 1955 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors
  • 1955 Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days
  • 1955 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany
  • 1957 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman
  • 1958 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole
  • 1958 The Billboard Hot 100 is founded
  • 1959 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • 1959 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • 1959 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
  • 1960 Niger gains independence from France
  • 1960 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
  • 1960 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1960 Lee Petty and his sons, Richard & Maurice race against each other for the first and only time at Dixie Speedway in Birmingham, Alabama; Richard 2nd, Lee 3rd
  • 1961 Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St. Louis Cardinals, 19-0, the largest lopsided shutout in NL history
  • 1962 29th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1962 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games
  • 1963 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • 1963 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"
  • 1963 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1966 South African government bans Beatle records
  • 1967 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam
  • 1967 James Law rides entire NYC subway in 22 hrs 12 minutes
  • 1968 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1969 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium
  • 1970 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • 1970 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • 1970 Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history
  • 1970 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire passes her driving test on 40th try

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1971 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1972 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1972 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • 1972 U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1973 Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park (Isle of Man, UK)
  • 1973 National People's party wins Dutch Antilles National elections
  • 1974 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 1974 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances

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1974 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • 1975 500 drown when 2 river boats collide and sink in China's West River
  • 1975 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated
  • 1975 Poland and West Germany reach accord about returning ethnic Germans
  • 1977 Radio Shack issues a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • 1977 United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.
  • 1978 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1979 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island
  • 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1979 Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major - PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1980 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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1981 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • 1981 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • 1982 Pitching coach Clyde King becomes NY Yankees 3rd manager of the season replacing Gene Michaels after Yanks swept at home by Chicago WS
  • 1983 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 365.7 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1984 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • 1984 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • 1984 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1984 Mexicans Ernesto Canto and Raúl González take the gold and silver medals in the 20k walk at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1985 "Nihilator" set harness pacing mile (1:49.6) in East Rutherford, NJ
  • 1985 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • 1986 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1986 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1987 Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26
  • 1987 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
  • 1987 Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound in 11-3 win v Angels, ejected and suspended for 10 games
  • 1988 Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to NYC
  • 1989 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners
  • 1989 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1989 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • 1990 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • 1990 98.8°F (37.1°C) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (UK record)
  • 1990 NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)
  • 1990 Radio Kuwait resigns air, due to Iraqi invasion
  • 1990 US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions
  • 1991 Giant Victory driven by Jack Moiseyev wins Hambletonian, 2nd $1m purse in 22 days for Moiseyev after winning Meadowlands Pace
  • 1992 Paramount inaugurates New York Street on TV/movie lot

Film release premierFilm Premier

1992 "Unforgiven" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1993)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • 1994 102.4°F (39.1°C) in Tokyo Japan: record
  • 1994 1st Jordanian plane to fly over Israeli airspace (King Hussein pilot)
  • 1995 CNN en Espanol premieres
  • 1996 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service
  • 1996 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics

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1996 American Andre Agassi wins the men's singles Tennis gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics beating Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1997 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden

Music concertMusic Concert

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1997 Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • 1997 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley
  • 1998 The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture
  • 1999 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.
  • 2000 England cricket wicket keeper Alec Stewart becomes only the 4th batsman to score a century (105) in his 100th Test, during the 3rd Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford
  • 2001 The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, injuring 7 people

Film release premierFilm Release

2001 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Actress
Anne Hathaway

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2001 US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2001 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • 2004 The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • 2004 MESSENGER spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral
  • 2004 St. Louis 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons as Cardinals beat Montreal, 10-6
  • 2005 President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2006 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2006 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008

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2008 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • 2012 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria

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2012 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 100m butterfly in London to take his all-time Olympic gold medal tally to a record 17

  • 2012 American Missy Franklin swims a world record 2:04.06 to win the 200m backstroke gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 2013 9 children are killed by a suicide bombing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan