Thursday, August 03, 2017
History for August 3 - On-This-Day.com:
Ernie Pyle 1900, John T. Scopes 1900, P.D. James 1920
Leon Uris 1924, Tony Bennett 1926, Martha Stewart 1941 - Television personality
1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.
1777 - During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle.
1923 - Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.
1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
1956 - Bedloe's Island had its name changed to Liberty Island.
1981 - U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as U.S. President Reagan had warned.
1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.