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February 3rd

February 3rd is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 331 days remaining until the end of the year (332 days in leap years).

On this page, we have placed information about February 3rd, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on February 3rd

1747 Samuel Osgood (first US Postmaster General)

1790 Gideon Mantell (scientist - one of the first to scientifically study dinosaurs)

1809 Felix Mendelssohn (composer)

Felix Mendelssohn

1826 Walter Bagehot (journalist, businessman, essayist)

1892 Juan Negrin (Prime Minister of Spain 1937-1939)

1894 Norman Rockwell (painter, illustrator)

1904 Pretty Boy Floyd (gangster)

1911 Robert Earl Jones (actor)

1920 Henry Heimlich (physician)

1924 E. P. Thompson (historian)

1927 Val Doonican (singer)

1928 Frankie Vaughan (singer)

1947 Dave Davies (musician - The Kinks)

1950 Morgan Fairchild (actress)

Morgan Fairchild

1955 Kirsty Wark (journalist)

1976 Isla Fisher (actress)

February 3rd in History

1488 Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias lands in Mossel Bay after becoming the first European to round the Cape of Good Hope.

1690 Colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.

1783 Spain and the US establish relations.

1809 Illinois Territory created.

1830 London Protocol establishes Greece as being fully independent of the Ottoman Empire.

1870 Fifteenth Amendment to US Constitution (granting voting rights regardless of race) is passed.

1913 Sixteenth Amendment to US Constitution (authorizing Federal government to collect income tax) is ratified.

1916 Fire destroys Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa.

1918 Twin Peaks Tunnel opens in San Francisco. At 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long, it is the longest streetcar tunnel in the world.

1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper are killed in a plane crash.

1966 The USSR's Luna 9 is the first spacecraft to make a soft-landing on the Moon and send also the first to send back to send back pictures from the Moon.

1967 Ronald Ryan is the last person to be executed in Australia.

1969 Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader.

Yasser Arafat

1984 Astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia make the first untethered space walk.

Space Shuttle

1989 Dictator of Paraguay Alfredo Stroessner is overthrown by a coup after 25 years in power.

2019 Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, UAE, becoming the first Pope to visit the Arabian peninsula.

February 3rd is also

Feast of Saint Werburgh (Catholicism)

Four Chaplains Day (USA)

Setsubun (Japan) - the festival before Spring

Heroes' Day (Mozambique)


People born on February 3rd are Aquarius


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