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    What happened on February 3

    • February 3, 1112 "marriage of Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence, uniting the fortunes of those two states"

    • February 3, 1377 Cardinal Robert of Geneva (anti-pope Clemens VII) starts term

    • February 3, 1377 Mass execution of population of Cesena Italy

    • February 3, 1377 "more than 2,000 people of the Italian city of Cesena are slaughtered by Papal Troops (Cesena Bloodbath)."

    • February 3, 1451 Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

    • February 3, 1488 Bartholomeus Diaz discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)

    • February 3, 1488 "Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa, becoming the first known European to travel this far south."

    • February 3, 1509 "The Battle of Diu, between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire takes place in Diu, India."

    • February 3, 1547 Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova

    • February 3, 1576 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris

    • February 3, 1591 German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau

    • February 3, 1653 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile

    • February 3, 1660 General Moncks army reaches London

    • February 3, 1690 The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America.

    • February 3, 1690 The first paper money in America issued (colony of Massachusetts)

    • February 3, 1706 Swedish forces defeats a superior Saxon-Russian force by deploying a text book example of a double envelopment during the Battle of Fraustadt.

    • February 3, 1740 "Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily"

    • February 3, 1743 "Philadelphia establishes a ""pesthouse"" to quarantine immigrants"

    • February 3, 1752 Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills

    • February 3, 1781 Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by the British

    • February 3, 1787 "Shays' Rebellion is crushed, ending an uprising that would prompt negotiations that would result in the drafting of the Constitution of the United States."

    • February 3, 1807 "A British military force, under Brig-Gen. Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now capital of Uruguay, following a siege."

    • February 3, 1809 Illinois Territory is created.

    • February 3, 1809 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)

    • February 3, 1815 "World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland"

    • February 3, 1825 Dutch North Sea coast floods

    • February 3, 1830 The sovereignty of Greece was confirmed in a London Protocol.

    • February 3, 1834 "The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina establishes the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute, today known as Wake Forest University."

    • February 3, 1836 Whig Party holds its first national convention (Albany NY)

    • February 3, 1855 Wisconsin Supreme Court declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional

    • February 3, 1860 Thomas Clemson takes office as first US superintendent of agriculture

    • February 3, 1865 "Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln & Stephens reach an impasse"

    • February 3, 1867 Prince Mutshito becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan.

    • February 3, 1867 "Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)"

    • February 3, 1870 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed

    • February 3, 1870 "The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, grants voting rights regardless of race."

    • February 3, 1876 "Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods company, manufacturing first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football"

    • February 3, 1882 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo

    • February 3, 1887 "To avoid disputed national elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act"

    • February 3, 1892 Russia closes down Yeshiva of Volozhin

    • February 3, 1894 "The first US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched, Bath ME"

    • February 3, 1899 "-16§ F (-27§ C), Minden LA (state record)"

    • February 3, 1900 "Gubernatorial candidate William Goebel is assassinated in Frankfort, Kentucky. Former Secretary of State Caleb Powers was later found guilty in a conspiracy to kill Goebel."

    • February 3, 1901 Dutch troops under General Van Heutsz conquer Batu Ili‰ on Sumatra

    • February 3, 1908 Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act

    • February 3, 1913 The Income tax was first levied by US Congress

    • February 3, 1913 "The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect a graduated income tax."

    • February 3, 1915 Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal

    • February 3, 1916 "Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada burn down."

    • February 3, 1916 "The original Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada, are destroyed by fire."

    • February 3, 1917 "The U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Germany, due to Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare."

    • February 3, 1917 US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub

    • February 3, 1917 World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after Germany announces a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

    • February 3, 1918 "The Twin Peaks Tunnel begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long)."

    • February 3, 1918 "Twin Peaks Tunnel longest (11,920') streetcar tunnel begins service"

    • February 3, 1919 League of Nations first meeting (Paris)

    • February 3, 1919 Socialist conference convenes (Berne Switzerland)

    • February 3, 1923 Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia founded at Pennsylvania State University.

    • February 3, 1924 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)

    • February 3, 1924 "Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the U.S., dies in Washington, D.C. at age 68."

    • February 3, 1927 Uprising against regime of General Carmona in Portugal

    • February 3, 1929 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam

    • February 3, 1930 Vietnamese Communistic Party forms

    • February 3, 1930 "William Howard Taft, resigns as chief justice for health reasons"

    • February 3, 1931 "The Napier earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258."

    • February 3, 1933 German minister G”ring bans social-democratic newspaper Vorw„rts

    • February 3, 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe departs to Berlin

    • February 3, 1941 "Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours"

    • February 3, 1941 "World War II: The Nazis forcibly restore Pierre Laval to office in occupied Vichy, France."

    • February 3, 1942 Japanese air raid on Java

    • February 3, 1945 Almost 1000 Flying Fortresses drop 3000 ton bombs on Berlin

    • February 3, 1945 "Walt Disney's ""The 3 Caballeros"" released"

    • February 3, 1945 "World War II: As part of Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17's of the Eighth Air Force bomb Berlin."

    • February 3, 1947 "-81§F (-63§C), Snag Yukon (North American record)"

    • February 3, 1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket

    • February 3, 1947 "Coldest ever temperature recorded in North America at Snag, Yukon, -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 Fahrenheit)"

    • February 3, 1947 Percival Prattis becomes the first African American news correspondent allowed in the United States House and Senate press gallery.

    • February 3, 1948 Dick Button becomes first world figure skating champion from US

    • February 3, 1951 """Victor Borge Show,"" debuts on NBC TV"

    • February 3, 1951 Dick Button win US skating title for 6th time

    • February 3, 1952 The earliest known tropical storm makes landfall in South Florida.

    • February 3, 1956 Toni Sailor becomes first Olympics skier to sweep the 3 alpine events

    • February 3, 1957 Senegalese political party Democratic Rally merges into the Senegalese Party of Socialist Action (PSAS).

    • February 3, 1958 "Royal Teens' ""Short Shorts"" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3"

    • February 3, 1959 "American Airlines Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65"

    • February 3, 1959 "The Day The Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper."

    • February 3, 1960 UK hist Macmillan 'wind of change' speech in South Africa

    • February 3, 1961 "6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4"" (44.2cm))"

    • February 3, 1962 President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs

    • February 3, 1964 """Meet the Beatles"" album goes Gold"

    • February 3, 1964 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools

    • February 3, 1965 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating on exams

    • February 3, 1965 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)

    • February 3, 1966 Soft landing on the Moon (Soviet Luna 9)

    • February 3, 1966 The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.

    • February 3, 1967 """Purple Haze"" recorded by Jimi Hendrix"

    • February 3, 1967 "Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne."

    • February 3, 1969 "In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress."

    • February 3, 1969 The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of PLO

    • February 3, 1972 11th Winter Olympics games opens in Sapporo Japan (1st in Asia)

    • February 3, 1973 "Dr Hook's ""Cover of ""Rolling Stone"""" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6"

    • February 3, 1973 President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law

    • February 3, 1974 "Science fiction author Philip K. Dick reportedly has a gnostic religious experience or theophany, later recounted in his books Valis (1981) and Radio Free Albemuth (1985)."

    • February 3, 1979 """YMCA"" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart"

    • February 3, 1979 Number one hit on UK music charts - Blondie - Heart Of Glass

    • February 3, 1980 Muhammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy

    • February 3, 1981 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway

    • February 3, 1982 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission

    • February 3, 1982 "Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR"

    • February 3, 1984 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched

    • February 3, 1984 The first baby conceived by embryo transplant born in Long Beach CA

    • February 3, 1985 """Harrigan 'n Hart"" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances"

    • February 3, 1987 San Diego Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup

    • February 3, 1988 Iran-Contra Affair: The United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to aid Nicaraguan Contras.

    • February 3, 1989 "A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954."

    • February 3, 1989 "After a stroke, P.W. Botha resigns party leadership and the presidency of South Africa."

    • February 3, 1989 Uruguayan president Alfredo Stroessner is overthrown in a military coup.

    • February 3, 1990 Number one hit on UK music charts - Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

    • February 3, 1991 "In Italy, the Italian Communist Party is dissolved, and split into the Democratic Party of the Left and the Communist Refoundation Party."

    • February 3, 1992 "Defense opens calling Noriega ""our ally in the war on drugs"""

    • February 3, 1992 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends

    • February 3, 1992 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week

    • February 3, 1993 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments

    • February 3, 1993 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles CA

    • February 3, 1993 General Hospital's Tristan Rogers convicted of drunk driving

    • February 3, 1994 """Les Miserables,"" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore"

    • February 3, 1994 Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok

    • February 3, 1994 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

    • February 3, 1994 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit

    • February 3, 1995 Air Force Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins becomes the first woman commander of a U.S. space mission as the shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Kennedy.

    • February 3, 1995 "STS 63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit"

    • February 3, 1997 Sixth general elections held in Pakistan under 1973 constitution.

    • February 3, 1998 "Cavalese cable-car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the death of 20 people when his low-flying plane cuts the cable of a cable-car near Trento, Italy."

    • February 3, 1998 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.

    • February 3, 1998 "Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby"

    • February 3, 1998 Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale across Britain

    • February 3, 1998 "US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20"

    • February 3, 1999 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.

    • February 3, 2000 Natalie Rasmussen and Ryan Crump start dating

    • February 3, 2004 Jannes Eidesgaard becomes Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands.

    • February 3, 2007 The Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

    • February 3, 2010 "US Transportation secretary Ray LaHood advises owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them, seek repair. This on the heels of Toyota's 5 million car recall worldwide."







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