About July 3

July 3, 2024 is the 185th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 181 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Cancer is the sun 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 210 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 3

  • 987
    Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792.
  • 1608
    Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain.
  • 1754
    French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French forces.
  • 1767
    Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British forces kill 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.
  • 1819
    The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens.
  • 1848
    Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans.
  • 1849
    The French enter Rome in order to restore Pope Pius IX to power. This would prove a major obstacle to Italian unification.
  • 1852
    Congress establishes the United States’ 2nd mint in San Francisco, California.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War is decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria.
  • 1886
    Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile.
  • 1940
    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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Minsk is liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.
  • 1969
    The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N-1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad.
  • 1970
    A British Dan-Air De Havilland Comet chartered jetliner crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 113 people.
  • 1970
    The Troubles: the “Falls Curfew” begins in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1979
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
  • 2001
    A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
  • 2005
    Same-sex marriage in Spain becomes legal.
  • 2006
    Valencia metro accident leaves 43 dead in Valencia, Spain.

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