What are the important events that happened on July 3? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
July 3: Facts & Myths About This Day
July 3 is the 184th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 181 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 20, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,625,270,400 seconds 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 ‘hectaoctacontatetragon’ day.
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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 213 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 3,116 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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July 3 Historical Events
Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792.
Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published.
Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret.
The last pair of Great Auks is killed.
Austro-Prussian War is decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria.
Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average.
Spanish-American War: The Spanish fleet, led by Pascual Cervera y Topete, is destroyed by the U.S. Navy in Santiago, Cuba.
World War II: the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers el Kébir, is bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perish.
The SS United States sets sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship takes the Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary.
A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
Who were born on July 3?
Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (d. 1768)
Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer (d. 1952)
Harrison Schmitt, American astronaut and politician
Jerzy Buzek, Prime Minister of Poland
Paco Stanley, Mexican TV personality (d. 1999)
Don Vito, American Viva La Bam castmember
Aku Louhimies, Finnish film director and screenwriter
Warren Furman, British television personality
Bostjan Nachbar, Slovenian basketball player
Godfrey Walusimbi, Ugandan footbller
Who died on July 3?
Aonio Paleario, Italian humanist
Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (b. 1746)
Joel Chandler Harris, American writer (b. 1845)
Sultan Mehmed V of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1844)
Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
Trigger, Roy Rogers’ horse (b. 1932)
James Daly, American actor (b. 1918)
Louis Durey, French composer (b. 1888)
Don Drysdale, American baseball player (b. 1936)
Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
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