What happened on September 3? There are more than 266 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 September 3

September 3 In HistorySeptember 3 is the 247th day of the year 2020. There are 119 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 36th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Winthrop, New York 13697 sunrise occured at 06:25 AM and sunset occured at 07:31 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Sapphire while the mystical birthstone is Agate.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 162 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For September 3

  • 36 BC
    In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, thus ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate.
  • 301
    San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.
  • 590
    Consecration of Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great).
  • 863
    Major Byzantine victory at the Battle of Lalakaon against an Arab raid.
  • 1189
    Richard I of England (a.k.a. Richard “the Lionheart”) is crowned at Westminster.
  • 1260
    The Mamluks defeat the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine, marking their first decisive defeat and the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1650
    Third English Civil War: in the Battle of Dunbar, English Parliamentarian forces led by Oliver Cromwell defeat an army loyal to King Charles II of England and led by David Leslie, Lord Newark.
  • 1651
    Third English Civil War: Battle of Worcester – Charles II of England is defeated in the last main battle of the war.
  • 1658
    Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England
  • 1666
    The Royal Exchange burns down in the Great Fire of London
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: during the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, the Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time.
  • 1783
    American Revolutionary War: the war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1798
    The week long battle of St. George’s Caye begins between Spain and Britain off the coast of Belize.
  • 1802
    William Wordsworth composes the sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.
  • 1803
    English scientist John Dalton begins using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
  • 1812
    24 settlers are killed in the Pigeon Roost Massacre in Indiana.
  • 1838
    Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery.
  • 1855
    Indian Wars: in Nebraska, 700 soldiers under United States General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village and killing 100 men, women and children.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Metz begins, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory on October 23.
  • 1874
    The congress of the state of México elevates Naucalpan to the category of Villa, with the title of “Villa de Juárez”.
  • 1875
    The first official game of Polo is played in Argentina after being introduced by British Ranchers.
  • 1878
    Over 640 die when the crowded pleasure boat SS Princess Alice collides with the Bywell Castle in the River Thames.
  • 1914
    William, Prince of Albania leaves the country after just six months due to opposition to his rule.
  • 1925
    USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), the United States’ first American-built rigid airship, was destroyed in a squall line over Noble County, Ohio. Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Lansdowne.
  • 1933
    Yevgeniy Abalakov is the first man to reach the highest point in the Soviet Union, Communism Peak (now called Ismoil Somoni Peak and situated in Tajikistan) (7495 m).
  • 1935
    Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph
  • 1939
    World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies.
  • 1941
    The Holocaust: Karl Fritzsch, deputy camp commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, experiments with the use of Zyklon B in the gassing of Soviet POWs.
  • 1942
    World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn leads an uprising in the Ghetto of Lakhva, in present-day Belarus.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Allied invasion of Italy begins.
  • 1944
    Holocaust: diarist Anne Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from Westerbork to Auschwitz, arriving three days later.
  • 1945
    Three-day celebration was held in China, following the Victory over Japan Day on September 2.
  • 1950
    “Nino” Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
  • 1951
    The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its first episode on the CBS network.
  • 1954
    The German U-Boat U-505 begins its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
  • 1954
    The People’s Liberation Army begins shelling the Republic of China-controlled islands of Quemoy, starting the First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
  • 1967
    Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.
  • 1971
    Qatar becomes an independent state
  • 1976
    Viking program: The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars.
  • 1987
    In a coup d'état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza is deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.
  • 1994
    Sino-Soviet Split: Russia and the People’s Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
  • 1997
    Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 (Tupolev TU-134) crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.
  • 1999
    An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair.
  • 2004
    Beslan school hostage crisis – day 3: the Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of which are children.

Who Were Born On September 3?

  • 1034
    Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (d. 1073)
  • 1499
    Diane de Poitiers, French noblewoman and mistress of King Henry II of France (d. 1566)
  • 1568
    Adriano Banchieri, Italian composer (d. 1634)
  • 1675
    Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts (d. 1751)
  • 1693
    Charles Radclyffe, British politician (d. 1746)
  • 1695
    Pietro Locatelli, Italian composer (d. 1764)
  • 1710
    Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (d. 1784)
  • 1724
    Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec (d. 1808)
  • 1760
    James ‘Pearlie’Wilson, Scottish revolutionary (d. 1820)
  • 1781
    Eugène de Beauharnais, French nobleman, son of Joséphine de Beauharnais and adoptive son of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1824)
  • 1810
    Paul Kane, Canadian painter (d. 1871)
  • 1811
    John Humphrey Noyes, American political and religious figure (d. 1886)
  • 1820
    George Hearst, American businessman, father of William Randolph Hearst (d. 1891)
  • 1841
    Tom Emmett, England cricketer (d. 1904)
  • 1849
    Sarah Orne Jewett, American writer (d. 1909)
  • 1851
    Olga Konstantinovna of Russia, Queen of Greece (d. 1926)
  • 1856
    Louis Sullivan, American architect (d. 1924)
  • 1856
    Robert Stewart, South African cricketer (d. 1913)
  • 1869
    Fritz Pregl, Slovenian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1930)
  • 1875
    Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian automotive engineer (d. 1951)
  • 1882
    Johnny Douglas, England cricketer and boxer (d. 1930)
  • 1887
    Frank Christian, American trumpeter (d. 1973)
  • 1897
    Sally Benson, American writer (d. 1972)
  • 1899
    Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1985)
  • 1900
    Maurice Dobb, British economist (d. 1976)
  • 1900
    Percy Chapman, England cricketer (d. 1961)
  • 1900
    Urho Kekkonen, Finnish politician (d. 1986)
  • 1901
    Eduard van Beinum, Dutch conductor (d. 1959)
  • 1905
    Carl David Anderson, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1905
    John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1972)
  • 1907
    Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist (d. 1977)
  • 1908
    Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (d. 1988)
  • 1910
    Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (d. 2007)
  • 1910
    Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (d. 2007)
  • 1911
    Bernard Mammes, American cyclist (d. 2000)
  • 1913
    Alan Ladd, American actor (d. 1964)
  • 1914
    Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (d. 1994)
  • 1914
    Memphis Slim, American blues pianist, born John Len Chatman (d. 1988)
  • 1916
    Eddie Stanky, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1918
    Helen Wagner, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Les Medley, English footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1921
    Marguerite Higgins, American reporter and war correspondent, Pulitzer Prize winner (d. 1966)
  • 1921
    Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1923
    Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois)
  • 1925
    Bengt Lindström, Swedish outdoor artist (d. 2008)
  • 1925
    Hank Thompson, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1925
    Shoista Mullojonova, Tajikistani Shashmakom singer (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Alison Lurie, American novelist
  • 1926
    Anne Jackson, American actress
  • 1926
    Irene Papas, Greek actress
  • 1928
    Gaston Thorn, Luxembourg politician, 8th Prime Minister of Luxembourg and 7th President of the European Commission (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Armand Vaillancourt, Canadian sculptor and painter
  • 1929
    Carlo Clerici, Swiss cyclist (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    James J. Bulger, former crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang based in Massachusetts.
  • 1930
    Cherry Wilder, New Zealand science fiction and fantasy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1931
    Albert DeSalvo, American serial killer (accused to be the “Boston Strangler”) (d. 1973)
  • 1931
    Dick Motta, American basketball coach
  • 1932
    Eileen Brennan, American actress
  • 1933
    Basil Butcher, West Indian cricketer
  • 1933
    Tompall Glaser, American singer
  • 1934
    Freddie King, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1935
    Helmut Clasen, Canadian offroad racer
  • 1936
    Pilar Pallete, Peruvian actress and third wife of American movie star John Wayne
  • 1936
    Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia
  • 1938
    Caryl Churchill, English playwright
  • 1938
    Ryōji Noyori, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940
    Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist
  • 1940
    Pauline Collins, English actress
  • 1941
    Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (d. 1990)
  • 1942
    Al Jardine, American guitarist (The Beach Boys)
  • 1942
    John Shrapnel, English actor
  • 1943
    Frank Lister, English footballer
  • 1943
    Valerie Perrine, American actress
  • 1945
    George Biondo, bass guitarist and songwriter (Steppenwolf)
  • 1947
    Eric Bell, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1947
    Kjell Magne Bondevik, Norwegian politician
  • 1948
    Don Brewer, drummer and singer with Grand Funk Railroad
  • 1948
    Fotis Kouvelis, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1948
    Levy Mwanawasa, President of Zambia (d. 2008)
  • 1949
    José Pekerman, Argentine football manager
  • 1949
    Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Cypriot-born 129th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1950
    Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King’s X)
  • 1951
    Denys Hobson, South African cricketer
  • 1953
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French film director
  • 1955
    Steve Jones, English guitarist (Sex Pistols)
  • 1956
    Pat McGeown, Northern Irish Provisional Irish Republican Army member (d. 1996)
  • 1957
    Earl Cureton, American basketball player
  • 1957
    Garth Ancier, American television executive
  • 1957
    Steve Schirripa, American actor
  • 1959
    Merritt Butrick, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1962
    Costas Mandylor, Australian actor
  • 1963
    Amber Lynn, American porn star
  • 1963
    Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian journalist and author
  • 1963
    Mubarak Ghanim, United Arab Emirates footballer
  • 1964
    Adam Curry, American Internet entrepreneur and MTV VJ
  • 1964
    Holt McCallany, American actor
  • 1964
    Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer
  • 1964
    Nigel Rhodes, English actor
  • 1964
    Spike Feresten, American television writer
  • 1965
    Charlie Sheen, American actor
  • 1966
    Vladimir Ryzhkov, Russian politician
  • 1967
    Chris Gatling, American basketball player
  • 1969
    John Fugelsang, American actor
  • 1969
    Marianna Komlos, Canadian bodybuilder, fitness model, professional wrestler and valet (d. 2004)
  • 1969
    Noah Baumbach, American film director
  • 1970
    Gareth Southgate, English footballer
  • 1970
    George Lynch, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Jeremy Glick, American United Airlines Flight 93 passenger (d. 2001)
  • 1971
    Chabeli Iglesias, Spanish journalist
  • 1971
    Kiran Desai, Indian writer
  • 1971
    Trevor St. John, American actor
  • 1972
    Christine Boudrias, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1972
    Martin Straka, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Natalia Estrada, Spanish model and actress
  • 1973
    Damon Stoudamire, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Jennifer Paige, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973
    Norihiko Hibino, Japanese composer
  • 1973
    Zita Urbonaitė, Lithuanian road cyclist (d. 2008)
  • 1974
    Clare Kramer, American actress
  • 1974
    Rahul Sanghvi, Indian cricketer
  • 1975
    Cristobal Huet, French ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Daniel Chan, Hong Kong Celebrity
  • 1976
    Ashley Jones, American actress
  • 1976
    Jevon Kearse, American football player
  • 1976
    Vivek Oberoi, Indian actor
  • 1977
    Nate Robertson, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Olof Mellberg, Swedish footballer
  • 1977
    Rui Marques, Angolan footballer
  • 1978
    John Curtis, English footballer
  • 1978
    Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Nick Wechsler, American actor
  • 1978
    Paul Moor, English ten-pin bowler
  • 1978
    Valfar, Norwegian vocalist (Windir) (d. 2004)
  • 1979
    Tiffany Chapman, English actress
  • 1979
    Tomo Miličević, Bosnian-born American guitarist (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • 1980
    Daniel Ruben Bilos, Argentinian footballer
  • 1980
    Jason McCaslin (“Cone”), Canadian bassist (Sum 41)
  • 1980
    Jennie Finch, American softball player
  • 1980
    The B.G., American rapper
  • 1981
    Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
  • 1982
    Andrew McMahon, American singer and songwriter
  • 1982
    Kaori Natori, Japanese singer and model
  • 1982
    Tiago Rannow, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Augusto Farfus, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1983
    Christine Woods, American actress
  • 1983
    Marcus McCauley, American football player
  • 1983
    Nicky Hunt, English footballer
  • 1983
    Valdas Vasylius, Lithuanian basketball player
  • 1984
    Garrett Hedlund, American actor
  • 1984
    Seo In-Young, South Korean singer
  • 1985
    Kelvin Wilson, English footballer
  • 1985
    Scott Carson, English footballer
  • 1986
    Shaun White, American snowboarder and skateboarder
  • 1987
    Chris Fountain, English actor
  • 1987
    James Neal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1993
    Rina Koike, Japanese junior idol

Who Died On September 3?

  • 264
    Sun Xiu, third emperor of Eastern Wu
  • 863
    Umar al-Aqta, Emir of Melitene (birth year unknown)
  • 1402
    Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan (b. 1351)
  • 1420
    Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, regent of Scotland (b. c. 1340)
  • 1592
    Robert Greene, English writer (b. 1558)
  • 1634
    Edward Coke, English jurist and Member of Parliament (b. 1552)
  • 1653
    Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (b. 1588)
  • 1658
    Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (b. 1599)
  • 1662
    William Lenthall, English politician (b. 1591)
  • 1720
    Henri de Massue, Earl of Galway, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1648)
  • 1722
    Ivan Skoropadsky, Hetman of the Ukrainian Cossacks (b. 1646)
  • 1729
    Jean Hardouin, French scholar (b. 1646)
  • 1766
    Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (b. 1686)
  • 1808
    John Montgomery, American Continental congressman (b. 1722)
  • 1857
    John McLoughlin, Canadian trapper (b. 1784)
  • 1860
    Aleksey Khomyakov, Russian poet (b. 1804)
  • 1866
    Konstantin Flavitsky, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  • 1883
    Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist and playwright (b. 1818)
  • 1886
    William W. Snow, American politician (b. 1812)
  • 1893
    James Harrison, Scottish-born Australian newspaper printer, journalist, politician and pioneer in the field of mechanical refrigeration (b. 1816)
  • 1903
    Joseph Skipsey, British poet (b. 1832)
  • 1906
    Mihály Kolossa, Hungarian Slovene writer (b. 1846)
  • 1914
    Albéric Magnard, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1936
    Nikita Balieff, Armenian vaudevillian and impresario (b. 1876 or 1877)
  • 1948
    Edvard Beneš, 2nd President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1884)
  • 1954
    Marika Kotopouli, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • 1961
    Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • 1962
    E. E. Cummings, American poet (b. 1894)
  • 1963
    Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (b. 1907)
  • 1964
    Stewart Holbrook, American writer (b. 1893)
  • 1967
    Francis Ouimet, American golfer and businessman(b.1893)
  • 1967
    James Dunn, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1968
    Isabel Withers, American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1969
    John Lester, American cricketer (b. 1871)
  • 1970
    Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, American singer and gutarist (Canned Heat) (b. 1943)
  • 1970
    Vince Lombardi, American football coach (b. 1913)
  • 1974
    Harry Partch, American composer (b. 1901)
  • 1978
    Karin Molander, Swedish actress (b. 1889)
  • 1980
    Dirch Passer, Danish actor (b. 1926)
  • 1980
    Duncan Renaldo, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1981
    Alec Waugh, English writer (b. 1898)
  • 1983
    Ellie Lambeti, Greek actress (b. 1926)
  • 1985
    Johnny Marks, American singer (b. 1909)
  • 1986
    Beryl Markham, Kenyan horse trainer, adventurer, aviatrix and memoir writer (b. 1902)
  • 1987
    Morton Feldman, American composer (b. 1926)
  • 1989
    Gaetano Scirea, Italian footballer (b. 1953)
  • 1991
    Frank Capra, American film director (b. 1897)
  • 1994
    Billy Wright, English footballer (b. 1924)
  • 1994
    James T. Aubrey, American television executive (b. 1918)
  • 1994
    Major Lance, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 1996
    Emily Kngwarreye, Australian painter (b. 1910)
  • 2000
    Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • 2001
    Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-born American actress (b. 1973)
  • 2002
    Kenneth Hare, Canadian climatologist and academic (b. 1919)
  • 2002
    W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (b. 1902)
  • 2003
    Paul Jennings Hill, American anti-abortion murderer (b. 1954)
  • 2005
    R. S. R. Fitter, British ornithologist and botanist (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Carter Albrecht, American keyboardist and guitarist (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) (b. 1973)
  • 2007
    Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
  • 2007
    Steve Ryan, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Syd Jackson, New Zealand Māori activist and trade unionist (b. 1939)
  • 2008
    Donald Blakeslee, American World War II aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Noah Howard, American jazz musician (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Robert Schimmel, American stand-up comedian (b. 1950)

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