Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Monday, August 3, 2020

Today is the 216th day of 2020.  There are 149 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1492
Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas.
1914
Germany declared war on France.
1923
Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.
1943
Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.
1948
Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.
1949
The National Basketball Association was formed.
1958
The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.
1981
U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Reagan they would be fired.
1988
The Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.
1988
The Soviet Union released Mathias Rust, the young West German pilot who had landed a light plane in Moscow's Red Square in May 1987.
1993
The Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
1994
Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home.