On This Day

On This Day in History for February 3 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • 1984 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1986 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1987 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • 1988 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS
  • 1989 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay

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1992 Defense opens calling Noriega "our ally in war on drugs"

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1992 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends
  • 1992 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week
  • 1993 General Hospital's Tristan Rogers convicted of drunk driving

USARodney King Riots

1993 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles, California

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1994 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • 1995 STS 63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit

  • 1997 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 1998 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • 1998 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, first woman executed in the United States since 1984
  • 1998 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line
  • 1999 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • 2007 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

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2009 Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attoney General, succeeding Michael Mukasey

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 2011 All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.
  • 2013 33 people are killed by a suicide bombing by an explosive-packed truck in Kirkuk, Iraq
  • 2014 2 students are shot & killed in a school shooting in Moscow

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race

US Senator Rand Paul
US Senator
Rand Paul
  • 2016 Lord Lucan's death certificate is granted, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 US President Barack Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018 Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees

BeatificationPapal Visit

2019 Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the first ever papal visit to the Arabian peninsula

  • 2019 Dam in Townsville, Australia, deliberately opened flooding 20,000 homes after city receives record 3.3ft of rain in a week
  • 2020 Malawi's constitutional court annuls 2019 election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected due to voting irregularities

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 First Democratic caucus in Iowa won narrowly by Pete Buttigieg (most delegates) and Bernie Sanders (most votes) after lengthy delays and irregularities in reporting the results

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2020 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of coronavirus found on board

Birthdays in History

  • 1994 Tallulah Belle Willis, 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore

Weddings in History


Deaths in History