On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1985 21st Shuttle Mission (51J)-Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched
  • 1985 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution

BeatificationBeatification

1985 Pope John Paul II beatifies Titus Brandsma

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1985 South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution
  • 1985 Walter Polovchak becomes a "free man" upon turning 18
  • 1986 Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die
  • 1986 TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, was officially opened.
  • 1987 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • 1987 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1988 26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days
  • 1988 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • 1988 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • 1988 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern

BattleCoup d'état

1989 Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1990 Reunification of East and West Germany. West German flag is raised above the Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight.

RussiaOstankino Tower

1993 Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
Ostankino Tower, Moscow
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Boris Yeltsin declares state of emergency in Moscow

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1993 Harry Belafonte performs in Tivoli Copenhagen
  • 1993 Somali General Aidids arm forces kill 18 US Rangers
  • 1993 Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organisation in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
  • 1994 Fernando Henrique Cardoso elected president of Brazil
  • 1995 1st first-class match at Hurstville Oval, Sydney (NSW vs Western Australia )
  • 1996 Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
  • 1997 Gordie Howie, 69, plays in 7th decade, with IHL'S Detroit Vipers
  • 1997 Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph
  • 2003 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • 2004 Final game in Montreal Expos team history is played in NYC against the Mets at Shea Stadium, an 8-1 defeat; Jamey Carroll scores the final Expos run and Endy Chavez is the last Expos batter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 The $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system is signed by President George W. Bush

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2010 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India
  • 2012 34 people are killed by a series of bombings in Aleppo, Syria
  • 2013 325 people are killed after a migrant ship catches fire and shipwrecks of the coast of Lampedusa, Italy
  • 2013 13 people are killed after a passenger plane crashes in Lagos, Nigeria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Chinese President President Xi Jinping announces plans for a ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, linking China to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean (Belt and Road Initiative / One Belt One Road) while in Indonesia

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2014 83 million accounts are compromised after a cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase & 9 other financial institutions
  • 2015 US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing around 19
  • 2015 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • 2016 Yoshinori Ohsumi from Japan wins Nobel Prize for Medicine for research into autophagy

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

2017 King Felipe of Spain speaks out against the Catalan referendum saying organizers have "broken the rule of law"

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricane Maria

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves"
  • 2018 Wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrested on corruption charges
  • 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter for discoveries in enzyme research
  • 2018 Cervical Cancer could be eliminated in Australia within decades because of government vaccination program, according to report in "The Lancet Public Health"
  • 2018 First exomoon, moon outside the solar system, discovered 8,000 years away (size of Neptune) by astronomers at Columbia University
  • 2018 259 people have died taking selfies since 2011 according to study in "Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care"
  • 2018 Most expensive whisky ever sold at auction for $1.1 million, the Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Frances Arnold, Gregory Winter and George Smith for their use of evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies

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