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  • What happened on August 3
  • August 3 is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 150 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on August 3

 

  • 8 AD – Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats the Dalmatae on the river Bathinus.
  • 435 – Deposed Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Nestorius, considered the originator of Nestorianism, is exiled by Roman Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt.
  • 881 – Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu: Louis III of France defeats the Vikings, an event celebrated in the poem Ludwigslied.
  • 1031 – Olaf II of Norway is canonized as Saint Olaf by Grimketel, the English Bishop of Selsey.
  • 1342 – The Siege of Algeciras commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
  • 1527 – The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1601 – Long War: Austria captures Transylvania in the Battle of Goroszló.
  • 1645 – Thirty Years’ War: The Second Battle of Nördlingen sees French forces defeating those of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1678 – Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
  • 1778 – The theatre La Scala is inaugurated.
  • 1795 – Treaty of Greenville is signed.
  • 1811 – First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
  • 1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event
  • 1859 – The American Dental Association is founded in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • 1860 – The Second Maori War begins in New Zealand.
  • 1900 – The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.
  • 1903 – Macedonian rebels in Kruševo proclaim the Kruševo Republic, which exists only for ten days before Ottoman Turks lay waste to the town.
  • 1907 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis fines Standard Oil of Indiana a record $29.4 million for illegal rebating to freight carriers; the conviction and fine are later reversed on appeal.
  • 1914 – World War I: Germany declares war against France, while Romania declares its neutrality.
  • 1921 – Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirms the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court.
  • 1929 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, tagged as the messianic “World Teacher”, shocks the Theosophy movement by dissolving the Order of the Star, the organisation built to support him.
  • 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.
  • 1936 – A fire wipes out Kursha-2 in the Meshchera Lowlands, Ryazan Oblast, Russia, killing 1,200 and leaving only 20 survivors.
  • 1940 – World War II: Italian forces begin the invasion of British Somaliland.
  • 1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.
  • 1948 – Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
  • 1949 – The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League finalize the merger, that would create the National Basketball Association
  • 1959 – Portugal’s state police force PIDE fires upon striking workers in Bissau, Portuguese Guinea, killing over 50 people.
  • 1960 – Niger gains independence from France.
  • 1972 – The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1975 – A privately chartered Boeing 707 strikes a mountain peak and crashes near Agadir, Morocco, killing 188.
  • 1977 – Tandy Corporation announces the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers.
  • 1981 – Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front – Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • 1997 – Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria: A total of 116 villagers killed, 40 in Oued El-Had and 76 in Mezouara.
  • 2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11 attacks.
  • 2005 – President of Mauritania Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2007 – Former Deputy Director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga is captured after having been on the run following a conviction for kidnapping.
  • 2010 – Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US$200 million) in damage.
  • 2014 – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake kills at least 617 people and injures more than 2,400 in Yunnan, China.

 

 

  • Births on August 3
  • 1491 – Maria of Jülich-Berg (d. 1543)
  • 1509 – Étienne Dolet, French scholar and translator (d. 1546)
  • 1692 – John Henley, English minister and poet (d. 1759)
  • 1734 – Naungdawgyi, Burmese king (d. 1763)
  • 1766 – Aaron Chorin, Hungarian rabbi and author (d. 1844)
  • 1770 – Frederick William III of Prussia (d. 1840)
  • 1803 – Joseph Paxton, English gardener and architect, designed The Crystal Palace (d. 1865)
  • 1808 – Hamilton Fish, American lawyer and politician, 26th United States Secretary of State (d. 1893)
  • 1811 – Elisha Otis, American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (d. 1861)
  • 1817 – Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (d. 1895)
  • 1832 – Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer, conductor, and director (d. 1914)
  • 1840 – John Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey, English jurist and politician (d. 1929)
  • 1850 – Reginald Heber Roe, English-Australian swimmer, tennis player, and academic (d. 1926)
  • 1856 – Alfred Deakin, Australian lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1860 – William Kennedy Dickson, French-Scottish actor, director, and producer (d. 1935)
  • 1863 – Géza Gárdonyi, Hungarian author and journalist (d. 1922)
  • 1867 – Stanley Baldwin, English businessman and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1947)
  • 1871 – Vernon Louis Parrington, American historian and scholar (d. 1929)
  • 1872 – Haakon VII of Norway (d. 1957)
  • 1886 – Maithili Sharan Gupt, Indian poet and playwright (d. 1964)
  • 1887 – Rupert Brooke, English poet (d. 1915)
  • 1890 – Konstantin Melnikov, Russian architect, designed the Rusakov Workers’ Club (d. 1974)
  • 1894 – Harry Heilmann, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1951)
  • 1895 – Allen Bathurst, Lord Apsley, English politician (d. 1942)
  • 1896 – Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (d. 1997)
  • 1899 – Louis Chiron, Monacan race car driver (d. 1979)
  • 1900 – Ernie Pyle, American soldier and journalist (d. 1945)
  • 1900 – John T. Scopes, American educator (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – John C. Stennis, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995)
  • 1901 – Stefan Wyszyński, Polish cardinal (d. 1981)
  • 1902 – Regina Jonas, German rabbi (d. 1944)
  • 1902 – David Buttolph, American film composer (d. 1983)
  • 1903 – Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian journalist and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Tunisia (d. 2000)
  • 1904 – Dolores del Río, Mexican actress (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – Clifford D. Simak, American journalist and author (d. 1988)
  • 1905 – Franz König, Austrian cardinal (d. 2004)
  • 1907 – Lawrence Brown, American trombonist and composer (d. 1988)
  • 1907 – Ernesto Geisel, Brazilian general and politician, 29th President of Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1909 – Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author and educator (d. 1971)
  • 1911 – Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor and producer (d. 1990)
  • 1913 – Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1916 – Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1916 – José Manuel Moreno, Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1978)
  • 1917 – Les Elgart, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1995)
  • 1918 – James MacGregor Burns, American historian, political scientist, and author (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Sidney Gottlieb, American chemist and theorist (d. 1999)
  • 1918 – Larry Haines, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1918 – Eddie Jefferson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1979)
  • 1920 – Max Fatchen, Australian journalist and author (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – P. D. James, English author (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1971)
  • 1920 – Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Richard Adler, American composer and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1922 – John Eisenhower, American historian, general, and diplomat, 45th United States Ambassador to Belgium (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Jean Hagen, American actress (d. 1977)
  • 1923 – Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Leon Uris, American soldier and author (d. 2003)
  • 1925 – Marv Levy, American-Canadian football player, coach, and manager
  • 1926 – Rona Anderson, Scottish-English actress (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Tony Bennett, American singer and actor
  • 1926 – Anthony Sampson, English journalist and author (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Gordon Scott, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1928 – Cécile Aubry, French actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1928 – Henning Moritzen, Danish actor (d. 2012)
  • 1930 – James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1933 – Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Haystacks Calhoun, American wrestler and actor (d. 1989)
  • 1934 – Michael Chapman, English bassoon player (d. 2005)
  • 1934 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan general, founded UNITA (d. 2002)
  • 1935 – John Erman, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1935 – Georgy Shonin, Ukrainian-Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1997)
  • 1935 – Vic Vogel, Canadian pianist, composer, and bandleader
  • 1936 – Jerry G. Bishop, American radio and television host (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Edward Petherbridge, English actor
  • 1937 – Steven Berkoff, English actor, director, and playwright
  • 1937 – Roland Burris, American lawyer and politician, 39th Illinois Attorney General
  • 1937 – Tom Georgeson, English actor
  • 1937 – Duncan Sharpe, Pakistani-Australian cricketer
  • 1938 – Terry Wogan, Irish-English radio and television host (d. 2016)
  • 1939 – Jimmie Nicol, English drummer
  • 1939 – Apoorva Sengupta, Indian general and cricketer
  • 1940 – Lance Alworth, American football player
  • 1940 – Martin Sheen, American actor and producer
  • 1940 – James Tyler, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1941 – Beverly Lee, American singer
  • 1941 – Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • 1943 – Béla Bollobás, Hungarian-English mathematician and academic
  • 1943 – Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson of Sweden
  • 1943 – Steven Millhauser, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1944 – Nino Bravo, Spanish singer (d. 1973)
  • 1945 – Eamon Dunphy, Irish footballer and journalist
  • 1946 – Robert Ayling, English businessman
  • 1946 – Jack Straw, English lawyer and politician, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1946 – Syreeta Wright, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1946 – John York, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1947 – Ralph Wright, English footballer
  • 1948 – Jean-Pierre Raffarin, French lawyer and politician, 166th Prime Minister of France
  • 1949 – Philip Casnoff, American actor and director
  • 1949 – B. B. Dickerson, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1949 – Sue Slipman, English politician
  • 1950 – Linda Howard, American author
  • 1950 – John Landis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Jo Marie Payton, American actress and singer
  • 1950 – Ernesto Samper, Colombian economist and politician, 29th President of Colombia
  • 1951 – Marcel Dionne, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1951 – Jay North, American actor
  • 1952 – Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentinian footballer and manager
  • 1953 – Ian Bairnson, Scottish saxophonist and keyboard player
  • 1954 – Michael Arthur, English physician and academic
  • 1954 – Gary Peters, English footballer and manager
  • 1956 – Kirk Brandon, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Todd Christensen, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)
  • 1956 – Dave Cloud, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1956 – Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricketer and coach
  • 1957 – Bodo Rudwaleit, German footballer and manager
  • 1957 – Kate Wilkinson, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 11th New Zealand Minister of Conservation
  • 1958 – Lindsey Hilsum, English journalist and author
  • 1958 – Ana Kokkinos, Australian director and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Martin Atkins, English drummer and producer
  • 1959 – Mike Gminski, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – John C. McGinley, American actor and producer
  • 1959 – Koichi Tanaka, Japanese chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1960 – Tim Mayotte, American tennis player and coach
  • 1960 – Gopal Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 1961 – Molly Hagan, American actress
  • 1961 – Nick Harvey, English politician, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • 1961 – Lee Rocker, American bassist
  • 1963 – Frano Botica, New Zealand rugby player and coach
  • 1963 – James Hetfield, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1963 – David Knox, Australian rugby player
  • 1963 – Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1963 – Lisa Ann Walter, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Isaiah Washington, American actor and producer
  • 1964 – Lucky Dube, South African singer and keyboard player (d. 2007)
  • 1964 – Nate McMillan, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Kevin Sumlin, American football player and coach
  • 1964 – Abhisit Vejjajiva, English-Thai economist and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 1966 – Brent Butt, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Gizz Butt, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Eric Esch, American wrestler, boxer, and mixed martial artist
  • 1967 – Mathieu Kassovitz, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, founded MNP Entreprise
  • 1967 – Skin, English singer and guitarist
  • 1968 – Rod Beck, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1969 – Doug Overton, American basketball player and coach
  • 1970 – Stephen Carpenter, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1970 – Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game designer
  • 1971 – Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1972 – Sandis Ozoliņš, Latvian ice hockey player and politician
  • 1973 – Jay Cutler, American bodybuilder
  • 1973 – Nikos Dabizas, Greek footballer
  • 1975 – Wael Gomaa, Egyptian footballer
  • 1975 – Argyro Strataki, Greek heptathlete
  • 1976 – Troy Glaus, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Tom Brady, American football player
  • 1977 – Justin Lehr, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist and footballer
  • 1978 – Joi Chua, Singaporean singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1978 – Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer
  • 1978 – Jenny Tinmouth, English motorcycle racer
  • 1978 – Dimitrios Zografakis, Greek footballer
  • 1979 – Evangeline Lilly, Canadian model and actress
  • 1980 – Nadia Ali, Libyan-American singer-songwriter
  • 1980 – Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Tony Pashos, American football player
  • 1980 – Brandan Schieppati, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1980 – Hannah Simone, Canadian television host and actress
  • 1981 – Fikirte Addis, Ethiopian fashion designer
  • 1981 – Travis Bowyer, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Pablo Ibáñez, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 – Kaspar Kokk, Estonian skier
  • 1982 – Jesse Lumsden, Canadian bobsledder and football player
  • 1982 – Damien Sandow, American wrestler
  • 1983 – Ryan Carter, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Mark Reynolds, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Yasin Avcı, Turkish footballer
  • 1984 – Sunil Chhetri, Indian footballer
  • 1984 – Matt Joyce, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer
  • 1984 – Chris Maurer, American singer and bass player
  • 1985 – Brent Kutzle, American bass player and producer
  • 1985 – Ats Purje, Estonian footballer
  • 1985 – Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby player and boxer
  • 1986 – Charlotte Casiraghi, Monégasque journalist, co-founded Ever Manifesto
  • 1987 – Kim Hyung-jun, South Korean singer and dancer
  • 1987 – Chris McQueen, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988 – Denny Cardin, Italian footballer
  • 1988 – Leigh Tiffin, American football player
  • 1989 – Jules Bianchi, French race car driver (d. 2015)
  • 1989 – Sam Hutchinson, English footballer
  • 1989 – Nick Viergever, Dutch footballer
  • 1992 – Gamze Bulut, Turkish runner
  • 1992 – Gesa Felicitas Krause, German runner
  • 1992 – Diāna Marcinkēviča, Latvian tennis player
  • 1992 – Aljon Mariano, Filipino basketball player
  • 1992 – Lum Rexhepi, Finnish footballer
  • 1993 – Ola Abidogun, English sprinter
  • 1993 – Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer
  • 1994 – Todd Gurley, American football player
  • 1995 – Victoria Kan, Russian tennis player

 

 

 

 

 

  • Deaths on August 3
  • 908 – Burchard, Duke of Thuringia
  • 908 – Egino, Duke of Thuringia
  • 908 – Rudolf I, bishop of Würzburg
  • 979 – Thietmar, Margrave of Meissen, Margrave of Meissen
  • 1355 – Bartholomew de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh
  • 1460 – James II of Scotland (b. 1430)
  • 1527 – Scaramuccia Trivulzio, Italian cardinal
  • 1546 – Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, designed the Apostolic Palace (b. 1484)
  • 1546 – Étienne Dolet, French scholar and translator (b. 1509)
  • 1604 – Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish commander and diplomat (b. 1540)
  • 1621 – Guillaume du Vair, French lawyer and author (b. 1556)
  • 1712 – Joshua Barnes, English historian and scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1720 – Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch politician (b. 1641)
  • 1721 – Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-English sculptor and woodcarver (b. 1648)
  • 1761 – Johann Matthias Gesner, German scholar and academic (b. 1691)
  • 1773 – Stanisław Konarski, Polish poet and playwright (b. 1700)
  • 1780 – Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French epistemiologist and philosopher (b. 1715)
  • 1792 – Richard Arkwright, English engineer and businessman (b. 1732)
  • 1797 – Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, English field marshal and politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1717)
  • 1805 – Christopher Anstey, English author and poet (b. 1724)
  • 1835 – Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1767)
  • 1839 – Dorothea von Schlegel, German author and translator (b. 1763)
  • 1857 – Eugène Sue, French author and politician (b. 1804)
  • 1866 – Gábor Klauzál, Hungarian politician, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture (b. 1804)
  • 1867 – Philipp August Böckh, German historian and scholar (b. 1785)
  • 1877 – William B. Ogden, American businessman and politician, 1st Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1879 – Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • 1894 – George Inness, American painter (b. 1825)
  • 1916 – Roger Casement, Irish poet and activist (b. 1864)
  • 1917 – Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician and academic (b. 1849)
  • 1920 – Peeter Süda, Estonian organist and composer (b. 1883)
  • 1922 – Ture Malmgren, Swedish journalist and politician (b. 1851)
  • 1924 – Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British novelist (b. 1857)
  • 1925 – William Bruce, Australian cricketer (b. 1864)
  • 1929 – Emile Berliner, German-American inventor and businessman, invented the phonograph (b. 1851)
  • 1929 – Thorstein Veblen, American economist and sociologist (b. 1857)
  • 1936 – Konstantin Konik, Estonian surgeon and politician, 19th Estonian Minister of Education (b. 1873)
  • 1942 – Richard Willstätter, German-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)
  • 1949 – Ignotus, Hungarian poet and author (b. 1869)
  • 1954 – Colette, French novelist and journalist (b. 1873)
  • 1958 – Peter Collins, English race car driver (b. 1931)
  • 1959 – Herb Byrne, Australian Australian rules footballer (b. 1887)
  • 1964 – Flannery O’Connor, American short story writer and novelist (b. 1925)
  • 1966 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 1972 – Giannis Papaioannou, Turkish-Greek composer (b. 1913)
  • 1973 – Richard Marshall, American general (b. 1895)
  • 1974 – Edgar Johan Kuusik, Estonian architect and interior designer (b. 1888)
  • 1975 – Andreas Embirikos, Greek poet and photographer (b. 1901)
  • 1977 – Makarios III, Cypriot archbishop and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Cyprus (b. 1913)
  • 1977 – Alfred Lunt, American actor and director (b. 1892)
  • 1979 – Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1979 – Angelos Terzakis, Greek author and playwright (b. 1907)
  • 1983 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (b. 1930)
  • 1995 – Ida Lupino, English-American actress and director (b. 1918)
  • 1995 – Edward Whittemore, American soldier and author (b. 1933)
  • 1996 – Jørgen Garde, Danish admiral (b. 1939)
  • 1997 – Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1934)
  • 1998 – Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer and journalist (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – Rod Ansell, Australian hunter (b. 1953)
  • 1999 – Byron Farwell, American historian and author (b. 1921)
  • 2000 – Joann Lõssov, Estonian basketball player and coach (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – Christopher Hewett, English actor and director (b. 1922)
  • 2003 – Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1954)
  • 2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer and painter (b. 1908)
  • 2005 – Françoise d’Eaubonne, French author and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2006 – Arthur Lee, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1945)
  • 2006 – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-English soprano and actress (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – John Gardner, English author (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Peter Thorup, Danish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2008 – Skip Caray, American sportscaster (b. 1939)
  • 2008 – Erik Darling, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2008 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, dramatist and historian, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2009 – Nikolaos Makarezos, Greek soldier and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Bobby Hebb, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2011 – William Sleator, American author (b. 1945)
  • 2011 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – Frank Evans, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Martin Fleischmann, Czech-English chemist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Paul McCracken, American economist and academic (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – John Pritchard, American basketball player (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – John Coombs, English-Monacan race car driver and businessman (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Jack English Hightower, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Jack Hynes, Scottish-American soccer player and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2014 – Miangul Aurangzeb, Pakistani captain and politician, 19th Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Edward Clancy, Australian cardinal (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Dorothy Salisbury Davis, American author (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Kenny Drew, Jr., American pianist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 2014 – Lydia Yu-Jose, Filipino political scientist and academic (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Robert Conquest, English-American historian, poet, and academic (b. 1917)
  • 2015 – Mel Farr, American football player and businessman (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Coleen Gray, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Margot Loyola, Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)
  • 2015 – Johanna Quandt, German businesswoman (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Jef Murray, Australian artist and author (b. 1960)

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on August 3
  • Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea)
  • Christian feast day:
    • George Freeman Bragg, W. E. B. Du Bois (Episcopal Church)
    • Lydia of Thyatira
    • Myrrhbearers (Lutheran Church)
    • Nicodemus
    • Olaf II of Norway (Translation of the relic)
    • Stephen (Discovery of the relic)
    • Waltheof of Melrose
    • August 3 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Flag Day (Venezuela)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Niger from France in 1960.
    • Arbor Day (Niger)
  • National Guard Day (Venezuela)

 

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