What happened on June 3? There are more than 275 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 June 3

June 3 In HistoryJune 3 is the 154th day of the year 2021. There are 211 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 22nd week of the year 2021.

On this day in Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 sunrise will occur at 05:52 AM and sunset will occur at 08:35 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 243 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For June 3

  • 350
    Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators.
  • 1140
    French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy.
  • 1326
    Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.
  • 1539
    Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain.
  • 1608
    Samuel de Champlain completes his third voyage to New France at Tadoussac, Quebec.
  • 1620
    Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • 1621
    The Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherlands.
  • 1658
    Pope Alexander VII appoints François de Laval vicar apostolic in New France.
  • 1665
    James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
  • 1839
    In Humen, China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a casus belli to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Battle of Philippi (also called the Philippi Races) – Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, Virginia, now West Virginia, in first land battle of the War.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Cold Harbor – Union forces attack Confederate troops in Hanover County, Virginia.
  • 1866
    The Fenians are driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the United States.
  • 1885
    In the last military engagement fought on Canadian soil, Cree leader Big Bear escapes the North-West Mounted Police.
  • 1888
    The poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.
  • 1889
    The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 mi between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
  • 1889
    The transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway is completed.
  • 1916
    The National Defense Act is signed into law, increasing the size of the United States National Guard by 450,000 men.
  • 1932
    Lou Gehrig and teammate Tony Lazzeri hit four home runs in one game, and hit for the natural cycle, respectively. These two feats are both less common than a perfect game, which has occurred twenty one times in one hundred and twenty years.
  • 1935
    One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 1937
    The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Wehrmacht razes the Greek village of Kandanos to the ground, killing 180 of its inhabitants.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japan begins the Aleutian Islands Campaign by bombing Unalaska Island.
  • 1943
    In Los Angeles, California, white U.S. Navy sailors and Marines clash with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots.
  • 1950
    First successful ascent of an Eight-thousander; Annapurna is summited by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal
  • 1962
    An Air France Boeing 707 charter, Chateau de Sully crashes after an aborted takeoff from Paris-Orly Airport, killing 130.
  • 1963
    A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
  • 1963
    The Buddhist crisis: Soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam attack protesting Buddhists in Huế, South Vietnam, with liquid chemicals from tear gas grenades, causing 67 people to be hospitalised for blistering of the skin and respiratory ailments.
  • 1965
    Launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew. Crew-member Ed White performs the first American spacewalk.
  • 1968
    Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times.
  • 1969
    Melbourne-Evans collision: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cuts the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half.
  • 1973
    A Soviet supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 crashes near Goussainville, France, killing 14, the first crash of a supersonic passenger aircraft.
  • 1979
    A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 3000000 oilbbl of oil to be spilled into the waters, the second-worst accidental oil spill ever recorded.
  • 1980
    The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak. Seven tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska takes five lives, 357 single-family homes, 33 mobile homes, 85 apartments, 49 businesses and $300 million in damages all told, according to National Weather Service and American Red Cross statistics on the deadly storm.
  • 1982
    The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, is shot on a London street. He survives but is permanently paralysed.
  • 1984
    Operation Blue Star, a military offensive, is launched by the Indian government at Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for the Sikhs, in Amritsar. The operation continues until June 6 with casualties, most of them civilians, in excess of 5,000.
  • 1989
    The government of China sends troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.
  • 1991
    Mount Unzen erupts in Kyūshū, Japan, killing 43 people, all of them either researchers or journalists.
  • 1992
    Aboriginal Land Rights are granted in Australia in Mabo v Queensland (1988), a case brought by Eddie Mabo.
  • 1998
    Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
  • 2006
    The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.

Who Were Born On June 3?

  • 1537
    John Manuel, Prince of Portugal (d. 1554)
  • 1540
    Charles II of Austria (d. 1590)
  • 1635
    Philippe Quinault, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1636
    John Hale, pastor during the Salem witch hunt (d.1700)
  • 1659
    David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)
  • 1723
    Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)
  • 1726
    James Hutton, Scottish geologist (d. 1797)
  • 1770
    Manuel Belgrano, Argentine politician (d. 1820)
  • 1808
    Jefferson Davis, American politician and President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1889)
  • 1818
    Louis Faidherbe, French general (d. 1889)
  • 1819
    Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1892)
  • 1832
    Alexandre Charles Lecocq, French composer (d. 1918)
  • 1840
    Michael O'Laughlen, American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1867)
  • 1843
    Frederick VIII of Denmark (d. 1912)
  • 1844
    Detlev von Liliencron, German poet (d. 1909)
  • 1844
    Garret Hobart, 24th Vice President of the United States (d. 1899)
  • 1853
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (d. 1942)
  • 1864
    Otto Erich Hartleben, German writer (d. 1905)
  • 1864
    Ransom E. Olds, American pioneer (d. 1950)
  • 1865
    George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1936)
  • 1866
    George Howells Broadhurst, English director (d. 1952)
  • 1873
    Otto Loewi, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (d. 1961)
  • 1877
    Raoul Dufy, French painter (d. 1953)
  • 1878
    Barney Oldfield, American race car driver (d. 1946)
  • 1879
    Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • 1881
    Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (d. 1964)
  • 1888
    Tom Brown, American musician (d. 1958)
  • 1899
    Georg von Békésy, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (d. 1972)
  • 1900
    Leo Picard, German-born Israeli geologist (d. 1997)
  • 1901
    Maurice Evans, English actor (d. 1989)
  • 1901
    Zhang Xueliang, Chinese warlord (d. 2001)
  • 1903
    Eddie Acuff, American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1904
    Charles R. Drew, American surgeon,(d. 1950)
  • 1904
    Jan Peerce, American tenor (d. 1984)
  • 1905
    Martin Gottfried Weiss, German commandant of Dachau concentration camp (d. 1946)
  • 1906
    Josephine Baker, American dancer (d. 1975)
  • 1906
    Nate Barragar, American football player (d. 1985)
  • 1907
    Paul Rotha, English director (d. 1984)
  • 1910
    Paulette Goddard, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1911
    Ellen Corby, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1913
    Pedro Mir, Dominican Poet Laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1917
    Leo Gorcey, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1918
    Lili St. Cyr, American stripper (d. 1999)
  • 1918
    Patrick Cargill, English actor (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete
  • 1922
    Alain Resnais, French director
  • 1923
    Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician
  • 1924
    Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian actress (d. 1991)
  • 1924
    Jimmy Rogers, American blues guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1924
    M. Karunanidhi, Indian Politician
  • 1924
    Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Torsten Wiesel, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1925
    Thomas Joseph Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1925
    Tony Curtis, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Allen Ginsberg, American poet (d. 1997)
  • 1927
    Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Chuck Barris, American game show host
  • 1929
    Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1930
    Ben Wada, Japanese television producer
  • 1930
    Dakota Staton, American jazz singer (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    George Fernandes, Indian politician
  • 1930
    Marion Zimmer Bradley, American author (d. 1999)
  • 1931
    Françoise Arnoul, French actress
  • 1931
    John Norman, American author
  • 1931
    Lindy Remigino, American athlete
  • 1931
    Raúl Castro, Cuban statesman
  • 1933
    Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, emir of Bahrain (d. 1999)
  • 1934
    Rolland D. McCune, American theologian
  • 1935
    Irma P. Hall, American actress
  • 1936
    Jim Gentile, baseball player
  • 1936
    Larry McMurtry, American author
  • 1937
    Edward Winter, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1937
    Solomon P. Ortiz, American politician
  • 1938
    David L. Mills, American computer engineer
  • 1939
    Ian Hunter, English musician
  • 1939
    Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, American novelist
  • 1939
    Steve Dalkowski, baseball player
  • 1940
    Connie Saylor, American racecar driver (d. 1993)
  • 1940
    Loretta Long, American actress
  • 1942
    Curtis Mayfield, American musician (d. 1999)
  • 1943
    Billy Cunningham, American basketball player
  • 1943
    Ilaiyaraaja, Indian film composer
  • 1944
    Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • 1944
    Edith McGuire, American runner
  • 1945
    Bill Paterson, British actor
  • 1945
    Hale Irwin, American professional golfer
  • 1945
    John Derbyshire, British-American mathematician and political commentator
  • 1946
    Eddie Holman, American singer
  • 1946
    Michael Clarke, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1946
    Penelope Wilton, British actress
  • 1946
    Tristan Rogers, Australian-American actor
  • 1947
    John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • 1947
    Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T.Rex) (d. 2003)
  • 1947
    Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1949
    Floyd Lloyd, Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1950
    Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • 1950
    Deniece Williams, American singer
  • 1950
    Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter
  • 1950
    Suzi Quatro, American musician and actress
  • 1952
    Billy Powell, American keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2009)
  • 1952
    David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur
  • 1953
    John Moulder Brown, English actor
  • 1954
    Dan Hill, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1954
    Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Brad Nessler, American sports broadcaster
  • 1956
    Danny Wilde, American musician (The Rembrandts)
  • 1956
    George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • 1957
    Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player
  • 1958
    Margot Käßmann, Lutheran theologian, German bishop
  • 1959
    John Carlson, American talk radio host
  • 1961
    Ed Wynne, English musician (Ozric Tentacles)
  • 1961
    Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • 1961
    Peter Vidmar, American gymnast
  • 1962
    Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • 1963
    Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician
  • 1963
    Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor
  • 1964
    James Purefoy, British actor
  • 1964
    Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)
  • 1965
    Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
  • 1965
    Mike Gordon, American musician (Phish)
  • 1966
    Wasim Akram, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1967
    Anderson Cooper, American reporter, journalist and anchorman
  • 1967
    Jason Jones, Canadian actor
  • 1968
    Jamie O'Neal, American singer
  • 1968
    Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer
  • 1969
    Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese musician
  • 1969
    Takako Minekawa, Japanese musician
  • 1970
    Ammon McNeely, American rock climber
  • 1970
    Esther Hart, Dutch singer
  • 1970
    Julie Masse, French Canadian singer
  • 1970
    Peter Tägtgren, Swedish musician (Hypocrisy) and producer
  • 1971
    Carl Everett, American baseball player
  • 1971
    John Hodgman, American author and humorist
  • 1974
    Arianne Zucker, American actress
  • 1974
    Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics)
  • 1975
    Jeff Soto, American painter
  • 1975
    Jose Molina, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976
    Enda Markey, Irish/Australian entertainer
  • 1976
    Jamie McMurray, American racecar driver
  • 1976
    Nikos Hatzis, Greek basketball player
  • 1976
    Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • 1977
    Az-Zahir Hakim, American football player
  • 1977
    Cristiano Marques Gomez, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Travis Hafner, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and songwriter
  • 1980
    Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1981
    Salvatore Giardina, Italian footballer
  • 1981
    Sosene Anesi, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1981
    Timur Tekkal, German rugby player
  • 1982
    Dihan Slabbert, South African singer and composer
  • 1982
    Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter
  • 1983
    Janine Habeck, German model
  • 1984
    Emily Scott, Australian model
  • 1985
    Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan, Mongolian boxer
  • 1986
    Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver
  • 1986
    Al Horford, Dominican basketball player
  • 1986
    Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer
  • 1986
    Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player
  • 1986
    Tomas Verner, Czech ice skater
  • 1987
    Lalaine, American actress
  • 1987
    Masami Nagasawa, Japanese actress
  • 1987
    Michelle Keegan, British actress
  • 1989
    Anthony Taugourdeau, French footballer
  • 1989
    Katie Hoff, American swimmer
  • 1992
    Mario Götze, German footballer
  • 2006
    Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, Member of the Dutch royal family

Who Died On June 3?

  • 800
    Staurakios, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire
  • 1395
    Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria
  • 1397
    William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (b. 1328)
  • 1411
    Duke Leopold IV of Austria (b. 1371)
  • 1548
    Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)
  • 1594
    John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)
  • 1615
    Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
  • 1640
    Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician (b. 1584)
  • 1649
    Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (b. 1590)
  • 1657
    William Harvey, English physician (b. 1578)
  • 1659
    Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
  • 1780
    Thomas Hutchinson, American colonial governor of Massachusetts (b. 1711)
  • 1826
    Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (b. 1766)
  • 1858
    Julius Reubke, German composer (b. 1834)
  • 1861
    Stephen A. Douglas, American politician (b. 1813)
  • 1865
    Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)
  • 1875
    Georges Bizet, French composer (b. 1838)
  • 1877
    Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1800)
  • 1882
    Christian Wilberg, German painter (b. 1839)
  • 1894
    Karl Eduard Zachariae von Lingenthal, German expert on Byzantine Law (b. 1812)
  • 1899
    Johann Strauss II, Austrian composer (b. 1825)
  • 1924
    Franz Kafka, Czech novelist (b. 1883)
  • 1928
    Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • 1933
    William Muldoon, American wrestler (b. 1852)
  • 1946
    Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet politician (b. 1875)
  • 1955
    Barbara Graham, American murderer (b. 1923)
  • 1963
    Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (b. 1902)
  • 1963
    Pope John XXIII (b. 1881)
  • 1964
    Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1970
    Hjalmar Schacht, Nazi official (b. 1877)
  • 1971
    Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • 1973
    Dory Funk, professional wrestler (b. 1919)
  • 1975
    Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister of Japan, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1901)
  • 1975
    Ozzie Nelson, American band leader, producer, director, and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1977
    Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1977
    Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)
  • 1983
    Nanna, Rafi Khawar, Pakistani actor
  • 1986
    Anna Neagle, British actress (b. 1904)
  • 1987
    Will Sampson, American actor and artist (b. 1933)
  • 1989
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian Shi'ite leader (b. 1900)
  • 1989
    John McCauley, hockey official (b. 1945)
  • 1990
    Robert Noyce, American inventor (b. 1927)
  • 1990
    Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (b. 1949)
  • 1991
    Katia Krafft, French volcanologist (b. 1942)
  • 1991
    Maurice Krafft, French volcanologist (b. 1946)
  • 1991
    Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    Robert Morley, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1994
    Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (b. 1925)
  • 1997
    Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • 1998
    Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born actor (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Felix de Weldon, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • 2005
    Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer (b. 1945)
  • 2006
    Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley’s Comets (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2009
    Koko Taylor, American blues musician (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    John Hedgecoe, English photographer (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Rue McClanahan, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Andrew Gold, American singer, musician and songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2011
    Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, right-to-die activist (b. 1928)
  • 2011
    James Arness, American actor (d. 1923)

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