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This Day in History - June 3

June 3

1098 – Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey

1492 – Martin Behaim presents the world’s first globe, which he refers to as Erdapfel or Earth Apple

1539 – Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain

1726 – Scientist and geology pioneer, James Hutton, is born

1770 – Argentinian economist, lawyer and politician Manuel Belgrano is born

1780 – Former Massachusetts Governor, Thomas Hutchinson, dies

1800 – President John Adams becomes the first president to reside in Washington, DC when he takes up residence at Union Tavern in Georgetown

1804 – English economist and politician, Richard Cobden, is born

1808 – President of Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, is born

1861 – Union troops defeat Confederate forces at Philippi, in western Virginia

1864 – Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia

1875 – French composer, Georges Bizet, dies

1888 – The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest L. Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner

1904 – American physician, Charles R. Drew, is born

1906 – Dancer and singer, Josephine Baker, is born

1918 – The Finnish Parliament ratifies a treaty with Germany

1922 – French film director, Alain Resnais, is born

1923 – In Italy, dictator Benito Mussolini grants women the right to vote

1924 – Czech and German writer, Franz Kafka, dies

1926 – Poet, Allen Ginsberg, is born

1928 – Manchurian warlord, Zhang Zuolin, dies as a result of a bomb blast set off by the Japanese

1931 – 17th Prime Minister of Cuba, Raul Castro is born

1936 – Novelist, Larry McMurtry, is born

1937 – In France, the Duke of Windsor-formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain and Northern Ireland-marries Wallis Warfield, an American divorcee for whom he abdicated the British throne in December 1936

1937 – Catcher, Josh Gibson, of the Negro League’s Homestead Grays hit a ball two feet from the top of the façade of Yankee Stadium, 580 feet from home plate, and if compared to the National and American Leagues, would eclipse Mickey Mantle’s record of 565-foot home run hit off Chuck Stobbs in Washington’s Griffith Stadium, the longest ever hit

1938 – The German Third Reich votes to confiscate so-called “degenerate art”

1940 – The German Luftwaffe hits Paris with 1,100 bombs

1942 – Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island

1952 – A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea is put down by American troops

1957 – The US Supreme Court rules that the chemical company E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. must give up its large stock interest in GM on the grounds that it constituted a monopoly. The court felt Du Pont had an illegal advantage over competitors in the sale of its automotive finishes and textiles

1965 – Astronaut Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule

1968 – Le Duc Tho, a member of the North Vietnam Communist Party’s Politburo, joined the North Vietnamese negotiating team as a special counselor in the Paris Peace talks

1969 – 74 American sailors died when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was cut in two by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea

1974 – Charles Colson, an aide to President Richard Nixon, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

1982 – The Israeli ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, is shot by a Palestinian terrorist group and is permanently paralyzed. The event triggers the Lebanon War

1986 – Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, is born

1989 – The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and hundreds are killed, thousands arrested

1989 – A natural-gas pipeline explodes in Russia’s Ural Mountains just as two trains pass it, killing 500 and severely burning many others

1989 – First Supreme Leader of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, dies

1990 – The second summit meeting ends for President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

1998 – 101 people die in the Eschede train disaster where a high-speed ICE train derails and crashes into a bridge

2001 – Mexican and American actor and producer, Anthony Quinn, dies

2002 – Lew Wasserman, Hollywood agent, and studio executive, dies

2010 – Joran van der Sloot, a longtime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is arrested in Chile in connection with the slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, in Lima, Peru. Van der Sloot will plead guilty and will be sentenced to 28 years in prison and will have to pay $75,000 in reparations to Flores’ family

2013 – The trial begins for Bradley Manning, an American soldier who transitioned into a female called Chelsea, who was responsible for leaking classified videos documenting US war atrocities during the Iraq War. He will be sentenced to 35 years

2016 – American boxer, Muhammad, Ali dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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