What Happened Today – August 3?

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom. – Leonard Louis Levinson.

On This Day:

1492 – Christopher Columbus, Italian Navigator, set sail with three ships from Palos de la Frontera to find new lands and landed on the islands Bahamas which is part of West Indies.

1527 – First ever Letter known to mankind was sent from (St John’s in Canada) North America by English Mariner John Rut.

1678 – Le Griffon, first ever sailing ship was built in The United States of America by French explorer Sieur de La Salle. It set sail in 1979 with 32 crew members.

1852 – First American athletic intercollegiate event a boat race was conducted between Harvard University and Yale University. Harvard became victorious.

1934 – After the death of the German President Paul Von Hindenburg on August 2nd, Hitler became Fuhrer or the leader by merging the offices of German Chancellor and President.

1936 – An industrial town Kursha -2 in Russia was completely wiped out by a firestorm killing 1200 people and only 20 survived.

1946 – World’s first Themed Amusement Park, Santa Claus Land was opened Santa Claus, Indiana, U.S.

1996 – Andre Agassi wins men’s Singles Tennis gold beating Sergi Bruguera at the Atlanta Olympics.

2004 – Pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public after the September 11 terrorist attack in 2001.

2004 – NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral. It orbited Mercury from 2011 to 2015 studying geology, magnetic field and chemical composition of the planet.

2008 – Morgan Freeman, American actor was involved in an automobile accident when his car got flipped several times on the highway.

2010 – Widespread Riots began engulfing Pakistan that lasted around 3 days where 6 Pashtuns were killed and more than 100 people were injured with overall losses nearing 17 billion Pakistani Rupees. It was in reaction to the assassination of Muttahida Qaumi Movement party member and parliament member Raza Haider on Aug 2nd.

2012 – Michael Phelps wins 100m Butterfly event in Swimming in the London Olympics bringing his tally of all time Gold to 17.

2014 – An Earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 rips Yunnan province in China killing 617 people and injuring more than 2400.

2017 – Brazilian Soccer star Neymar is transferred from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain with a whooping 222 million Euros, a world record fee for 5 year contract.

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