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March 3: Fun Facts about Today in History


Today in History


On March 3, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. March 3rd is the sixty-second day of the Gregorian calendar (the sixty-third in leap years), and it commemorates the Missouri Compromise, Florida’s admission as the 27th state, the United States’ adoption of The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem, and the launch of Apollo 9, the first crewed flight with a Lunar Module.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for March 3rd. Julie Bowen, Jessica Biel, Santonio Holmes, and Camila Cabello all have March 3rd birthdays. National If Pets Had Thumbs Day and World Wildlife Day both fall on March 3rd.

Event

(March 03, 1991)
Los Angeles police officers viciously beat Rodney King, an African American motorist, after a high-speed automobile chase; despite a videotape of the attack, the officers were acquitted in 1992, resulting in widespread unrest in the city.

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(March 03, 1996)
Marguerite Duras, a key figure in the postwar French literary landscape who wrote frequently on obsession and hopeless love, died in Paris.

(March 03, 2005)
When American adventurer Steve Fossett landed in Kansas after more than 67 hours in flight on this day in 2005, he became the first person to complete a solo nonstop round of the globe without refuelling.

(March 03, 2012)
Ralph McQuarrie, an American conceptual artist who worked on a number of great films, most notably assisting in the creation of Darth Vader's appearance in the Star Wars franchise, died in Berkeley, California.

(March 03, 2018)
Roger Bannister, an English neurologist who was the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, died at the age of 88.

(Died on March 03, 2020)
Charles J. Urstadt, American real estate executive and investor (b. 1928).

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Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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