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Today In History - August 3

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Today in History in 1900 Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded; in 1926 singer Tony Bennett was born in Queens, New York; and in 2004 the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with 3 ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
  • 1596 - David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
  • 1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.
  • 1908 - French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France. Known as the 'Old man of La Chappelle' his skeleton shows that Neanderthals led physically stressful lives with high risk of injury.
  • 1914 - Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France in WW I
  • 1923 - VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding
  • 1934 - Adolf Hitler merges the offices of chancellor and president, declaring himself 'Führer' (leader).
  • 1949 - Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
  • 1958 - USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole
  • 1972 - U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 2004 - The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1923 - Anne Klein, fashion designer (Anne Klein II)
  • 1924 - Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1926 - Tony Bennett, Queens NY, singer
  • 1940 - Martin Sheen, [Ramon Estevez], NY, actor (Subject Was Roses, Wall St)
  • 1941 - Beverly Lee, Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
  • 1941 - Martha Stewart, New Jersey, business magnate and TV personality
  • 1977 - Tom Brady, San Mateo California, American football player (New England Patriots, 4 Super Bowls)

Famous Weddings

  • 1824 - Inventor Charles Goodyear (23) weds Clarissa Beecher
  • 1932 - Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill
  • 2000 - British PM Gordon Brown (49) weds Sarah Jane Macaulay (36) in North Queensferry, Fife
  • 2013 - Actor and model Kevin Zegers (28) weds talent agent Jaime Feld in New Jersey

Famous Divorces

  • 1979 - Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage
  • 2012 - Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1924 - Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66
  • 1954 - Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81
  • 1957 - John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • 2004 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95
  • 2008 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, dies at 89
  • 2008 - Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • 2011 - Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)

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