About February 3

February 3, 2021 is the 34th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 331 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 9 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 3

  • 1509
    The Battle of Diu, between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire takes place in Diu, India.
  • 1706
    During the Battle of Fraustadt Swedish forces defeat a superior Saxon-Polish-Russian force by deploying a double envelopment.
  • 1787
    Shays’ Rebellion is crushed.
  • 1807
    A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now the capital of Uruguay.
  • 1830
    The sovereignty of Greece is confirmed in a London Protocol.
  • 1834
    Wake Forest University is established.
  • 1943
    The USAT Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survived. The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, dedicated by President Harry Truman, is one of many memorials established to commemorate the Four Chaplains story.
  • 1945
    World War II: As part of Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17s of the Eighth Air Force bomb Berlin, a raid which kills between 2,500 to 3,000 and dehouses another 120,000.
  • 1960
    British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the “a wind of change” of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government is likely to support decolonisation.
  • 1961
    A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
  • 1966
    The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
  • 1969
    In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress.
  • 1971
    New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.
  • 1972
    The first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history.
  • 1973
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1984
    John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history’s first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.
  • 1984
    Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B is launched using Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • 1989
    A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.

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