About August 3

August 3, 2024 is the 216th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 150 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Leo is the sun 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 179 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 3

  • 1031
    Olaf II of Norway is canonised as Saint Olaf by Grimketel, the English Bishop of Selsey.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
  • 1527
    The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1678
    Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
  • 1783
    Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing 35,000 people.
  • 1811
    First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
  • 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.
  • 1921
    Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirms the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court.
  • 1929
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, tapped to be the messianic “World Teacher”, shocks the Theosophy movement by dissolving the Order of the Star, the organisation built to support him.
  • 1934
    Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into Führer.
  • 1936
    Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.
  • 1948
    Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
  • 1960
    Niger gains independence from France.
  • 1972
    The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1975
    A privately chartered Boeing 707 crashes into the mountainside near Agadir, Morocco, killing 188.
  • 1981
    Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • 2005
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad becomes President of Iran.
  • 2007
    Former Deputy Director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga is captured after having been on the run following a conviction for kidnapping.
  • 2010
    Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US$200 million) in damage.

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