Today in History: June 3

Today in History
June 3

1098 Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey.
1539 Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain.
1861 Union troops defeat Confederate forces at Philippi, in western Virginia
1864 Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia.
1888 The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” written by Ernest L. Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.
1918 The Finnish Parliament ratifies a treaty with Germany.
1923 In Italy, dictator Benito Mussolini grants women the right to vote.
1928 Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin dies as a result of a bomb blast set off by the Japanese.
1938 The German Third Reich votes to confiscate so-called “degenerate art.”
1940 The German Luftwaffe hits Paris with 1,100 bombs.
1942 Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island.
1952 A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea is put down by American troops.
1965 Astronaut Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule.
1969 74 American sailors die when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was cut in two by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
1974 Charles Colson, an aide to President Richard Nixon, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice.
1989 The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested.
Born on June 3
1726 James Hutton, Scottish scientist, pioneer in the field of geology.
1804 Richard Cobden, English economist and politician.
1808 Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America.
1904 Charles R. Drew, American physician, researcher of blood plasma.
1906 Josephine Baker, dancer and singer.
1922 Alain Resnais, French film director.
1926 Allen Ginsberg, American poet (Howl).
1936 Larry McMurtry, novelist (The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment).

One Response to Today in History: June 3

  1. […] June 3rd 1940: In Norway, British and French forces (24,000 men) abandon Narvik, while the last Allied troops are evacuated from Dunkirk (in all, 218,226 British and 120,000 French). 1944: In Italy, German forces withdraw from Rome which has been declared an ‘open city’. source: http://www.feldgrau.com/june.html 1785 – Order to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate Alliance. No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794. 1898 – Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to Santiago, Cuba in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet. The crew was captured and later received the Medal of Honor. 1949 – Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. 1966 – Launch of Gemini 9, piloted by LCDR Eugene A. Cernan, USN. The mission included 45 orbits over 3 days. Recovery was by USS Wasp (CVS-1. source: http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/datesjun.htm 1942: Battle of Midway begins – The battle of Midway was the first decisive defeat inflicted on Japan by America in the Second World War. The battle shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific towards the Allies and forced Japan to abandon plans for advances on New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa and delayed their offensive in New Guinea. 1944: Last major air combat by RAAF in the Second World War – South of Biak Isand 15 P-40Ns from 78 Squadron attacked 15 Japanese aircraft comprising 12 fighters and three dive bombers and succeeded in shooting down seven fighters and all of the dive bombers for the loss of one P-40 and pilot.source: http://www.awm.gov.au/atwar/thismonth/jun.asp 1940: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris. The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat. 1969 – Melbourne-Evans collision: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cuts the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_3 1098: Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey 1861: Union troops defeat Confederate forces at Philippi, in western Virginia 1864: Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia. 1942: Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island. source: http://historynet.wpengine.com/tdih0603.htm […]

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