History of 3 June
1923 – In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.
1932 – Lou Gehrig set a major league baseball record when he hit four consecutive home runs.
1937 – The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1938 – The German Reich voted to confiscate so-called “degenerate art.”
1952 – A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea was put down by American troops.
1959 – The first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Denver, CO.
1965 – Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a “space walk” when he left the Gemini 4 capsule.
1970 – Har Gobind Khorana and colleagues announced the first synthesis of a gene from chemical components.
1985 – After five years, the characters of Nancy and Chris Hughes returned to CBS-TV’s “As the World Turns.”
1989 – Chinese army troops positioned themselves to began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.
1999 – Slobodan Milosevic’s government accepted an international peace plan concerning Kosovo. NATO announced that airstrikes would continue until 40,000 Serb forces were withdrawn from Kosovo.
1999 – Dennis Muren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 – Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) broke a bat when he grounded out against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The bat he was using was a corked bat. (Illinois, Florida)
2003 – Toys “R” Us, Inc. announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with Albertson to become the exclusive toy provider for all of Albertson’s food and drug stores.
2006 – The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.
2012 – A plane carrying 153 people on board crashes in a residential neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, killing everyone on board and 10 people on the ground.
2012 – The pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II takes place on the River Thames.
2013 – The trial of United States Army private Chelsea Manning for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks begins in Fort Meade, Maryland.
2013 – At least 119 people are killed in a fire at a poultry farm in Jilin Province in northeastern China.
2015 – An explosion at a gasoline station in Accra, Ghana, killing more than 200 people.
2017 – London Bridge attack: Eight people are murdered and dozens of civilians are wounded by Islamist terrorists. Three of the attackers are shot dead by the police.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1980 – Amauri, Brazilian-Italian footballer
- 1981 – Sosene Anesi, New Zealand rugby player
- 1982 – Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter
- 1982 – Manfred Mölgg, Italian skier
- 1983 – Pasquale Foggia, Italian footballer
- 1985 – Papiss Cissé, Senegalese footballer
- 1985 – Łukasz Piszczek, Polish footballer
- 1986 – Al Horford, Dominican basketball player
- 1986 – Micah Kogo, Kenyan runner
- 1986 – Rafael Nadal, a Spanish tennis player
- 1986 – Adrián Vallés, Spanish race car driver
- 1986 – Tomáš Verner, Czech ice skater
- 1987 – Masami Nagasawa, Japanese actress
- 1989 – Katie Hoff, American swimmer
- 1991 – Lukasz Teodorczyk, Polish footballer
- 1991 – Sami Vatanen, Finnish ice hockey defenceman
- 1991 – Yordano Ventura, Dominican baseball player (d. 2017)
- 1992 – Mario Götze, German footballer