On This Day

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

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 221

  • 1917 1st major strike of the Russian "February Revolution" starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [OS=Feb 18]
  • 1917 Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations
  • 1917 German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann publicly admits the "Zimmermann Telegram" is genuine. Generates support for the US declaration of war on Germany in April.
  • 1918 Richard Goering's "Seeschlacht" premieres in Berlin
  • 1918 Facing internal counterrevolutionary pressures and external German offensive, Bolsheviks forced to sign harsh Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany and Austria
  • 1919 1st international air mail service from US, Seattle-Victoria, BC
  • 1919 Communist Party in Germany announces a general strike
  • 1921 Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin
  • 1921 The Asiatic Inquiry Commission, established by the South African Government, proposes a system of voluntary repatriation and segregation of Indians and prohibits Indians from buying agricultural land in a specified area along the coast
  • 1922 Italian fascists occupy Fiume & Rijeka
  • 1922 WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Time magazine publishes 1st issue featuring Joseph G. Cannon (Speaker of US House of Representatives)
  • 1923 US Senate rejects membership of the International Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 1924 German & Turkish friendship/trade treaty signed
  • 1924 Sean O'Casey's "Juno & the Paycock" premieres in Dublin
  • 1926 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)

  • 1933 German presidential candidate Earnest Thalmann (KPD) arrested
  • 1933 Mount Rushmore dedicated

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1934 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • 1935 Dutch Revolutionary Socialist Worker's party (RSAP), forms
  • 1936 Clarence Grimmett ends his Test career with 13 wkts in 5th Test v South Africa
  • 1937 Australia snatches series against England 3-2 after being 2-0 down
  • 1938 American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)

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1939 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

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1941 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1942 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
  • 1943 Bethnal Green Tube disaster: 173 die in a stampede sheltering in an air raid, UK's greatest loss of civilian life in WWII (details censored till January 20 1945)
  • 1943 F Ryerson & Cohn Claues' "Harriet" premieres in NYC
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy

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1945 Winston Churchill visits Field Marshal Montgomery's headquarters

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1945 RAF bombing error hits The Hague killing 511
  • 1945 Roermond & Venlo, Netherlands, liberated
  • 1945 US & Philippine forces recaptures Corregidor
  • 1945 US 7th Army occupies last part of Westwall
  • 1946 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • 1946 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

  • 1952 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • 1953 Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
  • 1956 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • 1956 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • 1956 Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • 1957 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • 1957 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • 1957 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • 1958 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • 1959 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • 1959 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • 1960 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • 1961 King Hassan II ascends to throne of Morocco
  • 1962 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • 1963 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1966 James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC

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1966 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinea

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1966 Twister hits Jackson Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die

  • 1967 Grenada gains partial independence from Britain
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • 1968 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • 1968 Pirate station "Radio Caroline" goes off the air when its ships Mi Amigo and Caroline are boarded and seized before the day's broadcasting began
  • 1969 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)

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1971 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela

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1972 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1974 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes in the Ermenonville Forest outside Paris, killing all 346 people onboard
  • 1976 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • 1976 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 1977 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • 1977 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • 1977 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • 1980 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus is decommissioned

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1980 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1982 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • 1985 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • 1989 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines

  • 1989 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra

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1991 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

USARodney King Riots

1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted

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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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  • 1991 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • 1991 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • 1991 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal
  • 1991 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • 1991 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • 1992 Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 263 die

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1992 US President George H. W. Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established.
  • 1994 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels
  • 1996 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • 1997 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.

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1998 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee about Microsoft's dominant position in the software industry

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates
  • 2002 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.

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2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival Ambev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal forming InBev, the world's largest brewer

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • 2005 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • 2005 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
  • 2009 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • 2012 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • 2012 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • 2013 45 people are killed by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan

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