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On this day in history - August 3

What Happened On This Day – August 3

  • 2005 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes office in Iran

    An engineer and teacher by professional, Ahmadinejad became the 6th president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  • 2005 Coup in Mauritania

    A military coup replaced long-time president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall took over the transitional government until elections were held in 2005.

  • 1960 Niger gains its independence from France

    The West African country became a French colony in the early 20th century. Hamani Diori became the first president of the country.

  • 1946 World's first theme park opens its doors in in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA

    Santa Claus Land is now known as Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

  • 1900 Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded

    The American tire company was founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in Akron, Ohio. In 1988, the company was taken over by Japan's Bridgestone Corporation.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 3

  • 1984 Ryan Lochte

    American swimmer

  • 1941 Martha Stewart

    American businesswoman, publisher, author, founded Living Omnimedia

  • 1940 Martin Sheen

    American actor

  • 1926 Tony Bennett

    American singer

  • 1867 Stanley Baldwin

    English politician

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Deaths On This Day,
August 3

  • 2008 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Russian soldie, author, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 2004 Henri Cartier-Bresson

    French photographer

  • 1995 Ida Lupino

    English actress, director

  • 1929 Thorstein Veblen

    American economist, sociologist

  • 1924 Joseph Conrad

    Polish/English author