What are the important events that happened on August 3? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
August 3: Facts & Myths About This Day
August 3 is the 216th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 150 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 21, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,606,880 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecahexagon’ day.
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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 193 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,782 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 3 Historical Events
Olaf II of Norway is canonised as Saint Olaf by Grimketel, the English Bishop of Selsey.
The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded.
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis fines Standard Oil of Indiana a record $29.4 million for illegal rebating to freight carriers; the conviction and fine are later reversed on appeal.
A major labour dispute, known as the Wheatland Hop Riot, starts in Wheatland, California.
World War I: Germany declares war against France.
Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into Führer.
Niger gains independence from France.
Former Deputy Director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga is captured after having been on the run following a conviction for kidnapping.
Who were born on August 3?
King Frederick William III of Prussia (d. 1840)
Reginald Heber Roe, Australian academic and educator (d. 1926)
Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
Harry Heilmann, American baseball player (d. 1951)
Martha Stewart, American media personality
Ian Bairnson, Scottish musician
Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
Tony Pashos, American football player
Holly Blake-Arnstein, American singer and dancer
Leigh Tiffin, American football player
Who died on August 3?
Guillaume du Vair, French writer (b. 1556)
Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar (b. 1691)
Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1767)
Sir Roger Casement, Irish rebel (hanged) (b. 1864)
Emile Berliner, German-born American telephone and recording pioneer (b. 1851)
Thorstein Veblen, American economist (b. 1857)
Makarios III, Archbishop and first President of Cyprus (b. 1913)
Byron Farwell, American military historian (b. 1921)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born British opera singer (b. 1915)
Nikolaos Makarezos, Greek Army officer, member of the military junta of 1967–1974 (b. 1919)
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