3rd August

Born on this Day 3rd August

1801 Joseph Paxton
1924 Leon Uris
1920 P D James
1926 Tony Bennett
1937 Steven Berkoff
1938 Terry Wogan
1940 Martin Sheen
1950 John Landis
1955 Billy Bob Thornton

Died on this Day

1460 James II of Scotland
1966 Lenny Bruce
2002 Carmen Silvera


1963 The Beatles played at The Cavern Club for the 294th and last time

1971 Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings

1976 Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album became their first US No. 1 album


1936 Black US athlete Jesse Owens won the first of his 4 Olympic gold medals in Berlin, denting Adolf Hitler’s hopes of using the Games to prove Aryan superiority.

1978 The Queen officially opened the 11th Comonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada

People & Showbiz

1955 Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ was performed for the first time in London at the Arts Theatre. Half the audience walked out of the play, now acknowledged as a classic

1999 Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

General Events

1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, a port in south west spain, on te voyage that was to lead him to the Americas

1610 Captain Henry Hudson discovered the bay that now bears his name.

1914 Germany declared war on France.

1926 Britain’s first traffic lights were installed at Picadilly Circus in London

1988 A giant planet was discovered , 30,000 times bigger than the earth, orbiting a star outside our solar system

2004 In New York, the Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public, having been closed since the terrorist attacks on the USA on 11th Sept 2001.

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