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What Happened on September 3?

  • China and Russia agreed to stop pointing nuclear weapons at each other. (1994) The de-targeting agreement was a major step toward peace between the two countries, easing tense relations that dated back to the beginning of the Cold War.

  • The US flag was flown in battle for the first time. (1777) In an American Revolutionary War battle at Chooch's bridge in Maryland, General William Maxwell ordered the Stars and Stripes flag raised. At the time, the flag had 13 stripes and 13 stars.

  • The Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War. (1783) The peace treaty was signed by the British and US governments, formally establishing America as an independent country.

  • Well-known adventurer Steve Fossett disappeared while flying over Nevada. (2007) Fossett, who was the first person to fly a balloon around the world nonstop and solo, could not be found despite an exhaustive month-long search. His remains eventually were found in October 2008, in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. He had died in a plane crash.

  • A siege on a Russian school ended with more than 300 people dead, many of them children. (2004) The school had been taken hostage by Chechen terrorists on September 1st. To bring an end to the hostage situation, the Russian military stormed the school with explosives. 334 hostages died and several hundred others were injured or missing.

  • The Dow Jones closed at 381.17 — its highest point before the Wall Street Crash of 1929. (1929) The market immediately dropped 17 percent after the high, causing panic to settle in and people to start desperately selling stock. It was the last high point before the Great Depression.

  • Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive a car more than 300 miles per hour (about 482 kilometers per hour). (1935) Campbell achieved a speed of 301.337 miles per hour (about 484.955 kilometers per hour) at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.

  • NASA's Viking 2 probe landed on Mars, camera-ready. (1976) Viking 2's mission was to return photographs of Mars' surface. It took 16,000 pictures in 1,281 days before its batteries died.

  • One of the world's smallest nations and its oldest republic was founded. (301) Saint Marinus founded San Marino, which is still in existence today as the world's oldest republic. The nation of San Marino, which is officially called the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, has a population of about 30,000 and is just 24 square miles (about 61 square kilometers).

  • The worst storm in Philippines history killed more than 4,353 people. (1984) The typhoon-strength storm ravaged the country with 115-mile-per-hour (about 185-kilometer-per-hour) winds, leaving more than one million people homeless.

Discussion Comments

By Kristee — On Sep 20, 2012

@feasting – It's probably because it happened in 1930. After that stock market incident in 1929, the big focus fell upon the Great Depression here in the U.S. I think that history books kind of leave out a lot of other things that happened in that year.

The first week in September is when a lot of people take their vacation. Labor Day sometimes falls on September 3.

It has been considered a holiday since the late 1800s, and I think it's a very good one. Working people deserve a break, even if it's only one day.

By feasting — On Sep 19, 2012

September 3 falls right smack in the middle of hurricane season, so there tends to be a lot of weather-related tragedy around this date. My grandmother told me about a terrible hurricane in the Dominican Republic on September 3 way back in 1930 that I had never even heard mentioned in my history classes.

It killed 8,000 people! I find it hard to fathom that this isn't something that is well known. However, hurricanes weren't even given names until the fifties.

By shell4life — On Sep 18, 2012

@healthy4life – I know what you mean. My baby boy was born on September 3, 2001, so that is what I associate this day with.

Even though a hurricane was brewing off the coast, my mind was on my baby. The things that happen in our personal lives are much more memorable than the things that affect the population as a whole somewhere else.

By healthy4life — On Sep 18, 2012

There was a lot of death and sadness on this day in 1984. I remember hearing about that typhoon, and watching the coverage on the news made me cry for the people.

Thankfully, I have my own September 3 memory from just a few years ago that makes this day a happy one for me. A litter of puppies was born in our barn, and we still have two of the dogs as our treasured pets. So, I tend to remember this more than the tragic events that occurred in the world's past on this date.

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