What Happened on August 3


Historical Events

1492 – Christopher Columbus with Juan de la Cosa second-in-command sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the “Indies”
1897 – John McNally’s musical “Good Mr Best” premieres in NYC
1973 – National People’s party wins Dutch Antilles National elections
1977 – Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 personal computer, within weeks thousands were ordered
1996 – American Andre Agassi wins the men’s singles Tennis gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics beating Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks

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Famous Birthdays

1748 – Carl Ludwig Junker, German composer, born in Kirchberg an der Jagst, Germany (d. 1797)
1915 – Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), born in Amsterdam (d. 1998)
1936 – Vinko “Vice” Vukov, Croatian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963 and 1965), born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
1951 – Hans Schlegel, German astronaut (STS 55), born in Überlingen, Germany
1963 – Isaiah Washington, American actor (The 100), born in Houston, Texas
1999 – Brahim Díaz, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid), born in Málaga, Spain

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Famous Deaths

1958 – Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), dies in race accident at German GP at 26
1983 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of colon cancer at 53
2000 – Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79
2003 – (John) Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (Get Used To It), dies of liver disease at 48
2007 – John Gardner, English spy and thriller novelist (Boysie Oakes novels; James Bond continuation novels), dies of suspected heart failure at 80
2017 – Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91

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