#TodayInHistory – August 3
August 3 – Some important events on this day.
8 👉🏼 Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus
1492 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the “Indies”.
1527 👉🏼 First known letter sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland
1529 👉🏼 “Peace of the Ladies” (Treaty of Cambrai) made between Holy Roman Empire and the French, negotiated by Louise of Savoy and Margaret of Austria
1596 👉🏼 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
1778 👉🏼 Teatro alla Scala opens in Milan
1829 👉🏼 Opera “Guillaume Tell” (William Tell) Gioachino Rossini’s last and greatest opera premieres in Paris
1914 👉🏼 Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I
1934 👉🏼 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself “Führer” (leader)
1949 👉🏼 NBA is born
1958 👉🏼 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole.
The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus, dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.
1966 👉🏼 South African government bans Beatle records
1972 👉🏼 US Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union to limit the use of missile systems capable of defending against missile-delivered nuclear weapons
1975 👉🏼 Boeing 707 crashes into a mountain near Agadir, Morocco
1996 👉🏼 “The Macarena” begins its reign atop the U.S. pop charts.
It first made landfall in Florida as a seemingly harmless Spanish-language rumba, but in the hands of a pair of Miami record producers, it soon morphed and strengthened into something called “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” a song that laid waste to all competition during a record-setting run at #1 that began on this day.