This was 215th day of the year and 150 days remained in the year.

August 3 Birthdays

Tony Bennett
(Anthony Dominick Benedetto) 1926–, Jazz Singer, born in Queens, New York.

Elisha Otis
inventor (1811)

Rupert Brooke
poet (1887)

P. D. James
mystery novelist (1920)

Martin Sheen
actor (1940)

Martha Stewart
entrepreneur (1941)

August 3 in History


Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain.


Germany declared war on France.


Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.


The National Basketball Association was formed.


The nuclear-powered submarmine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.


U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike.


A 22-cent stamp honoring author William Faulkner was issued. Its first-day cancellation was held in Oxford, Miss., where Faulkner had served as postmaster from 1921 until his resignation in 1924 following accusations of negligence.


The Iran-Contra hearings ended.

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