What Happened On This Day – March 3
1991 Footage of Los Angeles police officers severely beating Rodney King causes a global outcry
The acquittal of the police officers involved sparked the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
1985 The U.K. miners' strike ends
The year-long dispute was the country's longest-running industrial dispute and a defining issue of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government.
1974 All 345 people on board a Turkish Airlines jet die as it plunges to the ground near Paris, France
The crash of the DC-10 aircraft has the 4th highest death toll of any aviation accident in history.
1938 The world's fastest steam locomotive is built
The Mallard could reach a speed of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).
1924 The last remnant of the Ottoman empire in Turkey is abolished
The end of the Islamic caliphate marked the demise of the 600-year old empire and gave way to the formation of a reformed Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Births On This Day,
1981 Julius Malema
South African politician
1977 Ronan Keating
Irish singer-songwriter, actor
1869 Henry Wood
1847 Alexander Graham Bell
Scottish/American engineer, invented the Telephone
1845 Georg Cantor
Deaths On This Day,
1987 Danny Kaye
1706 Johann Pachelbel
1703 Robert Hooke