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June 3 Historical Events

The following events took place on June 3. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 350
    The Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators.
  • 713
    The Byzantine emperor Philippicus is blinded, deposed and sent into exile by conspirators of the Opsikion army in Thrace. He is succeeded by Anastasios II, who begins the reorganization of the Byzantine army.
  • 1140
    The French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy.
  • 1326
    The Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.
  • 1539
    Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain.
  • 1608
    Samuel de Champlain completes his third voyage to New France at Tadoussac, Quebec.
  • 1621
    The Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherland.
  • 1658
    Pope Alexander VII appoints François de Laval vicar apostolic in New France.
  • 1665
    James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England), defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
  • 1781
    Jack Jouett begins his midnight ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of an impending raid by Banastre Tarleton.
  • 1839
    In Humen, China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a casus belli to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Battle of Philippi (also called the Philippi Races) – Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, Virginia, now West Virginia, in first land battle of the War.
  • 1862
    A 3000-strong riot occurred at Wardsend Cemetery in Sheffield, England, against rumours of bodysnatching from the grounds.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Cold Harbor – Union forces attack Confederate troops in Hanover County, Virginia.
  • 1866
    The Fenians are driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the United States.
  • 1885
    In the last military engagement fought on Canadian soil, the Cree leader, Big Bear, escapes the North-West Mounted Police.
  • 1888
    The poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, is published in The San Francisco Examiner.
  • 1889
    The transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway is completed.
  • 1889
    The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 mi between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
  • 1916
    The National Defense Act is signed into law, increasing the size of the United States National Guard by 450,000 men.
  • 1935
    One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa.
  • 1937
    The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
  • 1940
    Franz Rademacher proposes plans to make Madagascar the “Jewish homeland”, an idea that had first been considered by 19th century journalist Theodor Herzl.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Wehrmacht razes the Greek village of Kandanos to the ground, killing 180 of its inhabitants.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japan begins the Aleutian Islands Campaign by bombing Unalaska Island.
  • 1943
    In Los Angeles, California, white U.S. Navy sailors and Marines clash with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots.
  • 1950
    The first successful ascent of an Eight-thousander; the summit of Annapurna is reached by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal.
  • 1959
    Singapore is declared a self-governing state even though it is still a part of the British Empire.

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