On This Day

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

Events in History


SwedenSweden Switches to Driving on the Right Hand Side

1967 Sweden begins driving on right-hand side of road (Dagen H)

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Kungsgatan, Stockholm, on Dagen H (switch-over day)
Kungsgatan, Stockholm, on Dagen H (switch-over day)
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1970 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1971 Manlio Brosio resigns as secretary general of NATO
  • 1971 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
  • 1971 Watergate team breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's doctor's office
  • 1971 A baby girl and an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier are killed in separate shooting incidents in Northern Ireland
  • 1973 General Walters ends term as acting director of CIA
  • 1974 US & German Democratic Republic establish diplomatic relations
  • 1975 Chartered Boeing 707 crashes in Atlas Mts of Morocco, 188 die
  • 1976 Viking 2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), returns photos
  • 1978 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • 1978 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff
  • 1979 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • 1979 Iran army conquers Mahabad
  • 1982 Anker Jørgensen government in Denmark resigns
  • 1984 28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery

  • 1984 South Africa adopts constitution
  • 1985 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-returns to Earth
  • 1986 Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind" premieres in London
  • 1987 Coup in Burundi suspends constitution
  • 1988 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War
  • 1989 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die
  • 1990 Helen Hudson sings national anthem in 26th park of year (San Diego)
  • 1994 Circulation of Neth Telegraph/News of the Day reaches 800,000
  • 1995 Soyuz TM-22, launched into orbit
  • 1995 eBay (Electronic Bay) founded by Pierre Omidyar
  • 1996 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • 1997 A Vietnam Airlines Tupolev TU-134 crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.
  • 2004 The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
  • 2007 Panama Canal's "Third Set of Locks" expansion project begins with a huge initial explosion under Paraíso Hill that is watched by thousands of people
  • 2012 New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan
  • 2012 3 people are killed and 19 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2012 Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 people in North Korea
  • 2013 15 militants are killed by an Egyptian Army helicopter in Sinai Peninsula
  • 2013 Microsoft purchases Nokia for $7.2 Billion
  • 2015 Kentucky clerk in Rowan County jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples
  • 2015 Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia

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2017 Governor of California Jerry Brown issues state of emergency due to La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 2017 1.4 ton WWII bomb defused in Frankfurt, Germany with 60,000 people evacuated, the largest postwar
  • 2017 North Korea conducts its sixth and largest ever nuclear test, saying it had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb
  • 2018 Argentine President Mauricio Macri announces new austerity measures, including closing half of all government ministries, in televised address
  • 2018 2018 heatwave made summer hottest ever in England, joint hottest for UK according to UK Meteorological Office
  • 2018 First public caning and conviction of lesbian couple attempting to have sex, by Sharia High Court in Terengganu state, Malaysia
  • 2019 Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to El Paso shootings

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2019 British PM Boris Johnson loses significant vote in parliament as MPs gain control of the timetable, orders whip withdrawn from 21 rebel Tory MPs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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2019 Unknown text by John Locke “Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others” (1667-68), an argument for religious toleration announced discovered at St John’s College, Annapolis

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke
  • 2019 Hurricane Dorian finally moves off Grand Bahama after stalling for more than a day bringing catastrophic devastation, killing at least 50 with over 2,000 people missing
  • 2020 MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, becomes world's richest woman worth $68 billion
  • 2020 More healthcare workers have died of COVID-19 in Mexico than any other country - 1320 deaths vs 1077 (US) and 649 (UK) according to Amnesty International [1]

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