What happened on February 3? There are more than 286 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 3

February 3 In HistoryFebruary 3 is the 34th day of the year 2021. There are 331 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 5th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Underwood, Washington 98651 sunrise occured at 07:23 AM and sunset occured at 05:16 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 9 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 3

  • 313
    Edict of Milan: Constantine the Great and co-emperor Valerius Licinius met at a conference in Milan. They proclaimed a policy of religious freedom, ending the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
  • 1112
    Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
  • 1377
    More than 2,000 people of the Italian city of Cesena are slaughtered by Papal Troops (Cesena Bloodbath).
  • 1451
    Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1488
    Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south.
  • 1509
    The Battle of Diu, between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire takes place in Diu, India.
  • 1534
    The Irish rebel Silken Thomas is executed by the order of Henry VIII in London, England.
  • 1637
    Tulip mania collapses in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) as sellers could no longer find buyers for their bulb contracts.
  • 1690
    The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America.
  • 1706
    During the Battle of Fraustadt Swedish forces defeat a superior Saxon-Polish-Russian force by deploying a double envelopment.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British forces seize the Dutch-owned Caribbean island Sint Eustatius.
  • 1783
    American Revolutionary War: Spain recognizes United States independence.
  • 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.
  • 1809
    The Illinois Territory is created.
  • 1813
    José de San Martín defeats a Spanish royalist army at the Battle of San Lorenzo, part of the Argentine War of Independence.
  • 1830
    The sovereignty of Greece is confirmed in a London Protocol.
  • 1834
    Wake Forest University is established.
  • 1852
    Justo José de Urquiza defeats Juan Manuel de Rosas at the Battle of Caseros.
  • 1870
    The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.
  • 1900
    Governor of Kentucky William Goebel dies of wound sustained in an assassination attempt three days earlier in Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • 1913
    The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.
  • 1916
    Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada burn down.
  • 1917
    World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • 1918
    The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.
  • 1931
    The Hawke’s Bay earthquake, New Zealand’s worst natural disaster, kills 258.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: During the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, U.S. Army and Marine forces seize Kwajalein Atoll from the defending Japanese garrison.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: The United States and the Philippine Commonwealth begin a month-long battle to retake Manila from Japan.
  • 1947
    The lowest temperature in North America is recorded in Snag, Yukon.
  • 1957
    Senegalese political party Democratic Rally merges into the Senegalese Party of Socialist Action (PSAS).
  • 1958
    Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community.
  • 1959
    A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a “Doomsday Plane” is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States’ bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC’s command post.
  • 1966
    The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
  • 1967
    Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne.
  • 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.
  • 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
    After a stroke two weeks previous, South African President P. W. Botha resigns as leader of the National Party, but stays on as president for six more months.
  • 1989
    A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954.
  • 1995
    Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • 1996
    The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
  • 2008
    The New York Giants defeated the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, in what is known to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
  • 2011
    All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.
  • 2011
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rabbit in Chinese astrology.

Who Were Born On February 3?

  • 1338
    Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (d. 1378)
  • 1677
    Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect (d. 1723)
  • 1689
    Blas de Lezo, Spanish admiral (d. 1741)
  • 1690
    Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
  • 1721
    Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (d. 1773)
  • 1747
    Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
  • 1777
    John Cheyne, British physician, surgeon and author (d. 1836)
  • 1795
    Antonio José de Sucre, South American independence leader (d. 1830)
  • 1807
    Joseph E. Johnston, American Confederate general (d. 1891)
  • 1808
    Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Princess of Prussia (d. 1877)
  • 1809
    Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (d. 1847)
  • 1811
    Horace Greeley, American journalist, editor, and publisher (d. 1872)
  • 1817
    Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • 1821
    Elizabeth Blackwell, American physician (d. 1910)
  • 1824
    Ranald MacDonald, Canadian-born Scottish educator and interpreter (d. 1894)
  • 1826
    Walter Bagehot, English essayist, journalist and businessman (d. 1877)
  • 1830
    Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1903)
  • 1842
    Sidney Lanier, American writer (d. 1881)
  • 1843
    William Cornelius Van Horne, American-born railway pioneer and executive (d. 1915)
  • 1857
    Giuseppe Moretti, Italian sculptor (d. 1935)
  • 1859
    Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
  • 1862
    James Clark McReynolds, American Supreme Court Justice (d. 1946)
  • 1872
    Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • 1874
    Gertrude Stein, American writer (d. 1946)
  • 1876
    William Tedmarsh, English-born American silent movie actor (d. 1937)
  • 1887
    Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (d. 1914)
  • 1887
    Juan Negrín, Spanish Prime Minister (d. 1956)
  • 1889
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (d. 1968)
  • 1893
    Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1894
    Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (d. 1978)
  • 1898
    Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (d. 1976)
  • 1899
    Doris Speed, English actress (d. 1994)
  • 1899
    João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • 1899
    Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • 1903
    Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish aviator (d. 1973)
  • 1903
    Joe Stripp, American baseball player d. 1989
  • 1904
    Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (d. 1975)
  • 1904
    Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (d. 1934)
  • 1905
    Arne Beurling, Swedish/American mathematician(d. 1986)
  • 1907
    James Michener, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1909
    André Cayatte, French filmmaker (d. 1989)
  • 1909
    Simone Weil, French philosopher (d. 1943)
  • 1911
    Jehan Alain, French organist and composer (d. 1940)
  • 1911
    Robert Earl Jones, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist (d. 1990)
  • 1912
    Mary Carlisle, American actress and singer
  • 1913
    Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • 1918
    Helen Stephens, American runner (d. 1994)
  • 1918
    Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    Shlomo Goren, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel (d. 1994)
  • 1920
    Henry Heimlich, American physician
  • 1920
    Russell Arms, American actor and singer
  • 1920
    Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1923
    Alys Robi, Canadian singer
  • 1924
    E. P. Thompson, English socialist historian, (The Making of the English Working Class), (d. 1993)
  • 1924
    Martial Asselin, Canadian politician and lieutenant governor of Quebec
  • 1925
    John Fiedler, American voice actor (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Keith Dunstan, Australian author and journalist
  • 1925
    Leon Schlumpf, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1926
    Hans-Jochen Vogel, German politician
  • 1926
    Shelley Berman, American comedian
  • 1927
    Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • 1927
    Val Doonican, Irish singer and entertainer
  • 1928
    Frankie Vaughan, English singer (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1930
    Gillian Ayres, English painter
  • 1932
    Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (d. 1984)
  • 1933
    Paul Sarbanes, American politician
  • 1934
    Juan Carlos Calabró, Argentine actor
  • 1936
    Jim Marshall, American photographer (d. 2010)
  • 1937
    Billy Meier, Swiss ufologist
  • 1938
    Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands boxer
  • 1938
    Victor Buono, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 1939
    Michael Cimino, American film director
  • 1940
    Fran Tarkenton, American football player
  • 1941
    Bridget Hanley, American actress
  • 1941
    Dory Funk, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1941
    Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • 1943
    Blythe Danner, American actress
  • 1943
    Dennis Edwards, American singer (The Temptations)
  • 1943
    Shawn Phillips, American singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • 1944
    Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1945
    Bob Griese, American football player
  • 1945
    Johnny Cymbal, American singer and songwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1947
    Dave Davies, English musician (The Kinks)
  • 1947
    Melanie Safka, American singer-songwriter
  • 1947
    Paul Auster, American novelist
  • 1947
    Stephen McHattie, Canadian actor
  • 1948
    Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timorese politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • 1948
    Henning Mankell, Swedish author
  • 1948
    Jim Lockhart, Irish musician (Horslips)
  • 1949
    Arthur Kane, American musician (d. 2004)
  • 1949
    Donald Palma, American musician
  • 1949
    Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1950
    Morgan Fairchild, American actress
  • 1951
    Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 1952
    Fred Lynn, American baseball player
  • 1953
    Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • 1954
    Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955
    Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • 1955
    Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • 1956
    John Jefferson, American football player
  • 1956
    Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1956
    Nathan Lane, American actor
  • 1957
    Chico Serra, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1957
    Steven Stapleton, English musician (Nurse With Wound)
  • 1958
    Joe F. Edwards, Jr., American astronaut
  • 1958
    N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • 1959
    Ferzan Özpetek, Turkish film director
  • 1959
    Lol Tolhurst, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1959
    Thomas Calabro, American actor
  • 1959
    Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1960
    Joachim Löw, German football manager
  • 1960
    Kerry Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1961
    Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • 1961
    Keith Gordon, American actor
  • 1961
    Linda Eder, American singer
  • 1962
    Marty Jannetty, American professional wrestler
  • 1962
    Michele Greene, American actress
  • 1963
    Raghuram Rajan, American economist
  • 1965
    Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • 1965
    Kathleen Kinmont, American actress
  • 1965
    Maura Tierney, American actress
  • 1966
    Frank Coraci, American film director
  • 1966
    Kostas Patavoukas, Greek basketball player
  • 1967
    Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • 1967
    Dave Benson Phillips, English children’s TV presenter
  • 1967
    Mixu Paatelainen, Finnish footballer and coach
  • 1968
    Vlade Divac, Serbian basketball player
  • 1969
    Retief Goosen, South African golfer
  • 1969
    Robert Pack, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Óscar Córdoba, Colombian footballer
  • 1970
    Warwick Davis, English actor
  • 1971
    Elisa Donovan, American actress
  • 1971
    Hong Seok-cheon, South Korean actor
  • 1971
    Rockwilder, American hip-hop/R&B producer
  • 1971
    Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • 1971
    Sean Dawkins, American football player
  • 1971
    Vincent Elbaz, French actor
  • 1972
    Jesper Kyd, Danish film and video game music composer
  • 1972
    Mart Poom, Estonian footballer
  • 1973
    Ilana Sod, Mexican journalist
  • 1974
    Julie Meadows, American pornographic actress
  • 1974
    Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • 1974
    Miriam Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1976
    Dwayne Rudd, American football player
  • 1976
    Isla Fisher, Scottish-Australian actress
  • 1976
    Mathieu Dandenault, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Tim Heidecker, American comedian
  • 1977
    Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/rapper
  • 1978
    Adrian R'Mante, American actor
  • 1978
    Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • 1978
    Joan Capdevila, Spanish footballer
  • 1980
    Kim E-Z, former member of the Korean girl group, Baby V.O.X.
  • 1980
    Sarah Lewitinn, American writer
  • 1981
    Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • 1981
    Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • 1982
    Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • 1982
    Bridget Regan, American actress
  • 1982
    Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • 1983
    Gabriel Sargissian, Armenian chess Grandmaster
  • 1983
    Richard Bartel, American football player
  • 1983
    Silambarasan Rajendar, Indian actor
  • 1984
    Sara Carbonero, Spanish TV presenter and journalist
  • 1985
    Andrei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • 1986
    Lucas Duda, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Angela Fong, Canadian professional wrestler, model, cheerleader
  • 1988
    Gregory van der Wiel, Dutch footballer
  • 1988
    Kyuhyun, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
  • 1988
    Nicola Redomi, Italian footballer
  • 1989
    Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • 1989
    Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer
  • 1990
    Sean Kingston, Jamaican-American singer
  • 1993
    Getter Jaani, Estonian actress and singer

Who Died On February 3?

  • 619
    Laurence of Canterbury, 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 699
    Saint Werburgh
  • 1014
    Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark, England and Norway (b. c. 960)
  • 1116
    King Coloman of Hungary (b. 1070)
  • 1399
    John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (b. 1340)
  • 1428
    Ashikaga Yoshimochi, Japanese shogun (b. 1386)
  • 1451
    Murad II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1404)
  • 1468
    Johannes Gutenberg, German publisher (b. c. 1398)
  • 1549
    Sri Suriyothai, Chief Queen of Ayutthaya
  • 1566
    George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • 1619
    Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator (b. 1564)
  • 1737
    Tommaso Ceva, Italian mathematician (b. 1648)
  • 1802
    Pedro Rodríguez, Conde de Campomanes, Spanish statesman (b. 1723)
  • 1820
    Emperor Gia Long the founded the Nguyễn Dynasty, the last of the Vietnamese dynasties (b. 1762)
  • 1832
    George Crabbe, English naturalist (b. 1754)
  • 1862
    Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist (b. 1774)
  • 1866
    François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (b. 1809)
  • 1873
    Isaac Baker Brown, English gynaecologist and surgeon (b. 1811)
  • 1874
    King William Charles Lunalilo of Hawaiʻi (b. 1835)
  • 1889
    Belle Starr, American outlaw (b. 1848)
  • 1922
    John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)
  • 1924
    Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Nobel laureate (b. 1856)
  • 1929
    Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • 1935
    Hugo Junkers, German engineer (b. 1859)
  • 1936
    Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b. 1885)
  • 1937
    Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • 1945
    Roland Freisler, Nazi leader (b. 1893)
  • 1947
    Marc Mitscher, American Navy Admiral (b. 1887)
  • 1952
    Harold L. Ickes, American administrator and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1955
    Vasili Blokhin, Soviet Union executioner (b. 1895)
  • 1956
    Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1956
    Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1959
    The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 1959
    The Day the Music Died: J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 1959
    The Day the Music Died: Ritchie Valens, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1959
    The Day the Music Died: Roger Peterson, pilot (b. 1937)
  • 1960
    Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • 1961
    Anna May Wong, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1961
    Viscount Dunrossil, Australian governor-general (b. 1893)
  • 1964
    Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • 1967
    Joe Meek, English record producer (b. 1929)
  • 1969
    Eduardo Mondlane Mozambican independence founder (b. 1920)
  • 1975
    Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)
  • 1975
    William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • 1985
    Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    John Cassavetes, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1989
    Lionel Newman, American movie music orchestra leader, composer and arranger (b. 1916)
  • 1991
    Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • 1991
    Nancy Kulp, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 1998
    Fat Pat, American rapper (Screwed Up Click) (b. 1970)
  • 1998
    Karla Faye Tucker, American murderer (b. 1959)
  • 2003
    Lana Clarkson, American actress and model (b. 1962)
  • 2004
    Jason Raize, American actor (b. 1975)
  • 2006
    Al Lewis, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2009
    Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • 2011
    Maria Schneider, French actress (b. 1952)

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