What happened this day in history August 3

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

  • 1031
    Olaf II of Norway is canonised as Saint Olaf by Grimketel, the English Bishop of Selsey.
  • 1527
    The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1811
    First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
  • 1900
    The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded.
  • 1907
    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.
  • 1913
    A major labour dispute, known as the Wheatland Hop Riot, starts in Wheatland, California.
  • 1914
    World War I: Germany declares war against France.
  • 1934
    Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into Führer.
  • 1960
    Niger gains independence from France.
  • 2007
    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?

  • 1770
    King Frederick William III of Prussia (d. 1840)
  • 1850
    Reginald Heber Roe, Australian academic and educator (d. 1926)
  • 1856
    Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1894
    Harry Heilmann, American baseball player (d. 1951)
  • 1941
    Martha Stewart, American media personality
  • 1953
    Ian Bairnson, Scottish musician
  • 1964
    Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
  • 1980
    Tony Pashos, American football player
  • 1985
    Holly Blake-Arnstein, American singer and dancer
  • 1988
    Leigh Tiffin, American football player

Who died on August 3?

  • 1621
    Guillaume du Vair, French writer (b. 1556)
  • 1761
    Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar (b. 1691)
  • 1835
    Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1767)
  • 1916
    Sir Roger Casement, Irish rebel (hanged) (b. 1864)
  • 1929
    Emile Berliner, German-born American telephone and recording pioneer (b. 1851)
  • 1929
    Thorstein Veblen, American economist (b. 1857)
  • 1977
    Makarios III, Archbishop and first President of Cyprus (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Byron Farwell, American military historian (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born British opera singer (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Nikolaos Makarezos, Greek Army officer, member of the military junta of 1967–1974 (b. 1919)

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