On This Day

Historical Events on August 3 (Part 2)

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 2008 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Broadmoor GC: Eduardo Romero of Argentina wins by 4 strokes ahead of Fred Funk for his second Champions Tour major title
  • 2008 British Open Women's Golf, Sunningdale GC: Jiyai Shin of South Korea shoots final round 66 (−6) to win her first major championship, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Yani Tseng
  • 2012 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria

Olympic Gold

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
  • 2013 80 people are killed in a wave of insurgency across Iraq
  • 2013 Super Rugby Final, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: Chiefs successfully defend title with a 27-22 over ACT Brumbies
  • 2014 The Israeli Defence Force remove much of its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following the destruction of 32 tunnels built by Hamas and other militants
  • 2014 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel

Historic Event

2015 US President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases

  • 2015 The Athens Stock Exchange re-opens after a month and falls by 22%

Historic Event

2015 Chilean-born author Isabel Allende receives the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama

  • 2016 International Olympic Committee approves baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding to be included in the sports program for 2020 Games only; total number of sports, 33

Election of Interest

2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is elected for his second term as President

World Record

2017 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

  • 2017 Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide
  • 2017 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music Single

2017 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

  • 2019 Suspected domestic terrorist shoots and kills 22 and injures 24 at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas
  • 2020 Spain's former King Juan Carlos announces he will go into exile abroad amid his implication in a corruption inquiry
  • 2020 Number of Iranian COVID-19 deaths triple that of government tally, showing 42,000 have died instead of 14,405, according to BBC Persian Service investigation [1]
  • 2020 Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
  • 2021 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third straight Olympic K-1 200m title at the Tokyo Games; also wins K-2 500m for her 4th career Olympic gold medal
  • 2021 Karsten Warholm of Norway runs first ever sub-46 second 400m hurdles 45.94 WR to claim gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 2021 132 wildfires in Turkey's southern coastal Manavgat district have burnt 118,789 hectares of land in six days, killing eight people [1]
  • 2021 Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson Herah wins 200m gold in Tokyo to become the first female to claim the 100/200m double at consecutive Olympic Games

Music History

2021 Singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday with Lady Gaga in the first of 2 "farewell" performances at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

  • 2021 Hawaii's largest wildfire on record, Mana Road Fire in South Kohala, finally being brought under control after burning through 40,000 acres