Events in History on June 3

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  • 350 Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators.

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1083 Henry IV of Germany storms Rome, capturing St Peter's Cathedral

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1098 After 5-month siege in First Crusade, the Crusaders seize Antioch (now in modernTurkey)
  • 1140 French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy
  • 1326 Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark
  • 1357 Peace of Ath signed (in modern Belgium), settles Brabant succession

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1539 Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 1540 Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so
  • 1620 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1621 Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)
  • 1658 Pope Alexander VII appoints François de Laval vicar apostolic in New France
  • 1665 Duke of York (future James II) defeats Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft
  • 1748 Amsterdam establishes municipal postal service
  • 1752 Moscow houses and churches destroyed by fire
  • 1770 Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo founded in California

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1781 Jack Jouett rides to warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

  • 1784 US army officially established by Congress of the Confederation
  • 1789 Explorer Alexander Mackenzie sets out on his first expedition to the Pacific from Fort Chipewyan (finds the Arctic Ocean instead)
  • 1818 Maratha Wars between British and Maratha Confederacy in India ends
  • 1833 4th national black convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • 1856 Cullen Whipple patents a machine for making screws
  • 1860 Comanche, Iowa, completely destroyed by one of a series of tornadoes
  • 1861 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, West Virginia

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1864 General Robert E. Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

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1871 Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon Iowa), of $15,000

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • 1876 Lacrosse introduced in Britain and Canada
  • 1884 John Lynch (R-MS) chosen 1st black major-party national convention chair
  • 1886 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda
  • 1888 "Casey at the Bat" published (SF Examiner)
  • 1889 The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast.

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1896 British naval officer David Beatty is seconded to the Egyptian government and appointed second in command of the river flotilla

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1906 Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession
  • 1907 Centro Escolar University is established by Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna in Manila, Philippines
  • 1913 Dutch 1st Chamber accepts Health laws
  • 1915 Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse
  • 1916 US National Defense Act establishes Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • 1918 US Supreme Court in Hammer v. Dagenhart rules child labor laws unconstitutional
  • 1919 Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Co (Chicago) - first insurance company organized by African Americans formed
  • 1921 A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
  • 1924 Gila Wilderness Area established by US Forest Service
  • 1925 Goodyear airship "Pilgrim" makes the first with an enclosed cabin

  • 1929 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center (electric light)
  • 1929 Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
  • 1932 John McGraw, who came to NY in 1902, resigns as manager of Giants

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1932 Paul von Hindenburg disbands German Parliament

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1933 A's score 11 runs in 2nd, Yanks score 10 in 5th & win 17-11
  • 1933 Pope Pius XI encyclical "On oppression of the Church in Spain"


1934 Dr Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted

  • 1935 French liner SS Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of four days, three hours and 14 minutes on her maiden voyage
  • 1935 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1937 Josh Gibson HR's just 2 feet below rim of Yankee Stadium (580' drive)
  • 1938 German law on "Entartete Art" legalizes art robbery
  • 1940 Last British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • 1941 Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol
  • 1941 German occupiers stamp "J" on Jewish passports
  • 1943 United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration forms
  • 1943 A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots
  • 1944 Generals Giraud & de Gaulle reach agreement on constitution
  • 1944 Nazis pull out of Rome
  • 1946 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (Paris)
  • 1946 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • 1947 British Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
  • 1948 200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory
  • 1948 Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore
  • 1949 1st African American to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)
  • 1949 Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)
  • 1949 GN Clark becomes 1st female US treasurer
  • 1950 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • 1952 Romanian premier Petru Groza chosen president
  • 1956 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • 1959 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1959 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 1959 Singapore adopts constitution

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1961 JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1962 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130

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1962 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal, Netherlands

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1963 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101

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1964 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1965 Gemini 4 launched; 2nd US 2-man flight (McDivitt & White)
  • 1966 European DX Council forms in Copenhagen (shortwave listeners)
  • 1966 Gemini 9 launched; 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford & Cernan)
  • 1968 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
  • 1968 Poor Peoples March on Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Yanks turn 21st triple-play in their history lose 4-3 to Twins
  • 1968 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968 by shooting him three times. She was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleaded guilty to "reckless assault with intent to harm", serving a 3 year sentence
  • 1970 1st artificial gene synthesized
  • 1972 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • 1973 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed

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1974 Yitzhak Rabin forms a new Israeli government

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin

Historic PublicationMagna Carta

1976 US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta
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The Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin
The Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin
  • 1977 Belgium government of Tindemans forms
  • 1977 US & Cuba talk about diplomatic relations
  • 1979 33rd Tony Awards: "Elephant Man" and "Sweeny Todd" win
  • 1979 Ixtoc I rig in the Gulf of Mexico blows, spilling 3 million barrels of oil in one of the worst oil spills in history
  • 1980 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35

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1980 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

MurderAssassination Attempt

1981 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 55th National Spelling Bee: Molly Dieveney wins spelling psoriasis
  • 1982 Israeli ambassador Shlomo Argov seriously wounded by Palestinians
  • 1984 38th Tony Awards: Real Thing & La Cage Aux Folles win
  • 1985 Massive anti-ETA demonstration in Basques
  • 1986 Battles in Beirut; 53 killed
  • 1987 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • 1987 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" released in France
  • 1989 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
  • 1989 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die
  • 1990 3rd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $894,560
  • 1990 44th Tony Awards: "Grapes of Wrath" and "City of Angels" win
  • 1991 Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history
  • 1991 Kuwait asks Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members to produce 800,000 bbl/d (130,000 m3/d) of oil on its behalf
  • 1992 Joan Lunden ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000 a month support

  • 1992 World's largest environmental summit opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1993 66th National Spelling Bee: Geoff Hooper wins spelling kamikaze
  • 1994 5.9 earthquake/floods SE Java (150+ killed)
  • 1994 WIIZ (98.7) FM goes off the air
  • 1998 Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths
  • 2001 Iraq announces that it will halt crude oil exports in response to the UN's resolution that extends the oil-for-food program by only 1 month, instead of the normal 6-month period

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2003 Danielle Steel’s novel “Sunset in St. Tropez” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2005 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.

  • 2006 The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence
  • 2007 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engages with pirates after they board Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia
  • 2012 Suicide car bombing kills 15 and inures 42 people in Bauchi, Nigeria
  • 2012 Plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, kills all 152 passengers and 40 people on the ground
  • 2013 20 people, including 10 children, are killed by a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2013 US extends sanctions against Iran through its automotive industry and currency
  • 2013 119 people are killed in a poultry farm fire in Jilin Province, China

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2014 President Obama announces his plan for a $1 billion fund to increase deployment of US troops to Europe

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 200 people are killed by an explosion at a gasoline station in Accra, Ghana
  • 2015 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • 2016 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve
  • 2017 Terrorist attack in Borough Market, London by three men who drive van into pedestrians then stab and kill 7 and wound 48. Attackers shot dead by British police.

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2017 The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

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2017 Largest-ever exhibition of works by Piet Mondrian opens at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands to mark centenary of De Stijl movement

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • 2018 Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts killing at least 110, with 332 missing and forcing the evacuation of over 3,100
  • 2018 Boat capsizes off eastern Tunisia drowning at least 48 migrants
  • 2018 Dead whale found with 17 pounds (80 pieces) of plastic in its stomach in Songkhla province, Thailand
  • 2018 US Open Women's Golf, Shoal Creek GC: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand gives up 7-shot lead but wins in playoff with Kim Hyo-joo