This Day in History- February 3

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February 3

Every day has unique importance as it marks the beginning or end of something significant. Each incident that has occurred has led to creating stories and lessons for people to gain from. From wars, discoveries, truces, kindships, etc. there are various events that took place throughout history on this day – February 3. Read through the blog to find out about the highlights of this day in history.

1451: A new sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Sultan Mehmed II- who hails as a modern-day Turkish hero, inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

1468: Death of Johannes Gutenberg
Johannes Gutenberg who was a German inventor (movable printing press), died at 70 on February 3 1468.

1488: Bartolomeu Dias discovered Mosselbay
Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal landed in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope. He became the first known European to travel so far south.

1509: The Battle of Diu
The Portuguese navy defeated a joint fleet of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the Mamlûk Burji Sultanate of Egypt, the Sultan of Gujarat, the Zamorin of Calicut, and the Republic of Ragusa at the Battle of Diu in Diu, India on February 3 1509.

1661: Battle of Umberkhind
Maratha forced under Chattrapati Shivaji defeat the Mughals in the Battle of Umberkhind.

1690: The first paper money in America
 The colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in America which was used to pay soldiers fighting in the war against Quebec.

1783: Relation of Spain and the USA
Spain–United States relations are first established after the US independence.

1830: The sovereignty of Greece
The London Protocol of 1830 attains full independence leading to the sovereignty of Greece from the Ottoman Empire as the result of the Greek War of Independence.

1917: First World War
The American entry into World War I begins when diplomatic relations with Germany are ended due to its sinking submarine US liner Housatonic on February 3 1917.

1925: India’s First Electric Train
India inaugurated the services of its First electric train. The daily route for its service started between Bombay VT and Kurla on the Harbour line.

1931: The Hawke’s Bay earthquake
New Zealand’s worst natural disaster end killing 256 people and injuring thousands of people. It was devastating for Napier and the Hawke’s Bay region.

1933: Ban of the social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts
German Minister Hermann Goering banned social-democratic newspaper – Vorwarts on February 3 1933.

1945: World War II
The United States and the Philippine Commonwealth began the battle to conquer Manila again from Japan.

1995:  First woman to pilot the Space Shuttle
Astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

2007:  Baghdad bombing 
A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injured more than339 on February 3 2007.

Famous Birthdays on February 3

  • Ferdinand Magellan- Portuguese explorer
  • Raghuram Rajan- Indian economist
  • George Nissen- American inventor (created the trampoline)
  • Isla Fisher- Actor
  • Mehdi Hasan- Indian cricketer

Hence, you are all caught up with the essential events, birthdays, and deaths that occurred on February 3! Keep watching this space at Leverage Edu for more such educational content and give us a follow on LinkedIn, Youtube, Facebook, Quora, and Instagram

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