This Day in History on 3 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 3 August. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1678: Robert LaSalle built the first ship in America.

1780: British officer captain Bruce conquered Gwalior fort under Major Popham after defeating Sindhiya.

1795: Treaty of Greenville is signed, ending the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country.

1900: The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded.

1907: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis fines Standard Oil of Indiana a record $29.4 million for illegal rebating to freight carriers; the conviction and fine are later reversed on appeal.

1914: Germany declared war against France during the First World War.

1946: Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.

1947: Shetkari Kamgar Party was established at Devachi Alandi.

1948: Establishment of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission.

1954: Atomic Energy Department was established.

1958: The world’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, became the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole. 

1960: Nigeria gained independence from France.

1970: Chonira Beliappa Muthamma, first women career diplomat, appointed ambassador to Hungary.

1985: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service to Baba Amte.

1991: About 280 kgs of gold ornaments valued at $15 million, which had been deposited in the Portuguese bank in Goa by its natives, flew back to India.

1993: Bill to regulate cable TV introduced in Rajya Sabha.

1993: Government assures Lok Sabha that it will revive the proposal for a multi-member election commission.

1994: The first successful heart transplant operation was performed at the All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, by a team of doctors led by Prof. P. Venugopal (25-2-96).

1995: Enron Power Project scrapped by Maharashtra government.

1996: Leander Paes wins a bronze (tennis) at Atlanta, bringing India an Olympic medal after a gap of 16 years.

1997: Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes win the doubles title in the Canadian Maurier Super Nine Doubles Open tennis championships held in Montreal.

1998: India’s most sophisticated medium range surface-to-air missile ”Akash” was test-fired from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-sea.

Maithili Sharan Gupt
Maithili Sharan Gupt
Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and songwriter
Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and songwriter

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1886: Maithili Sharan Gupt, one of the most important modern Hindi poets. The first man of modern Hindi poetry and literature, writer, patriot and social worker, was born at Chirgaon village near Jhansi.

1890: Sriprakash, freedom fighter, prolific writer and member of the AICC, was born at Varanasi.

1898: Udayshankar Bhatt, modern Hindi dramatist, poet and novelist, was born.

Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and songwriter
Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and songwriter
Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricketer and coach
Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricketer and coach

1900: Krantisinh Nana Patil, an Indian independence activist.

1905: Uma Datt Sraswat, famous writer, was born at Biswan in U.P.

1916: Shakeel Badayuni, an Indian Urdu poet, lyricist, and songwriter.

1924: Leon Uris, an American author.

Gopal Sharma, Indian cricketer
Gopal Sharma, Indian cricketer
Sunil Chhetri, Indian footballer
Sunil Chhetri, Indian footballer

1930: Jai Prakash, educationist, was born at Jaunpur.

1939: Apoorva Sengupta, Indian general and cricketer, was born in Lucknow.

1956: Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a former Indian cricketer. 

1960: Gopal Sharma, great Indian cricket off-spinner (2 Tests 1984-85), was born in Kanpur.

1984: Sunil Chhetri, an Indian professional footballer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1929: Emile Berliner, a German-American inventor.

1930: Vyankatesh Bapuji Ketkar, a scholar, astronomist, and astrologist.

1957: Devdas Mohandas Gandhi, the fourth and youngest son of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

1967: Rasiklal Das, great revolutionary, died.

1993: Swami Chinmayananda, a Hindu spiritual leader and a teacher.

2015: Mel Farr, American football player and businessman (b. 1944)

Mel Farr, American football player and businessman (b. 1944)
Mel Farr, American football player and businessman (b. 1944)

2015: Coleen Gray, American actress (b. 1922)

2015: Margot Loyola, Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)

2015: Johanna Quandt, German businesswoman (b. 1926)

2015: Jef Murray, Australian artist and author (b. 1960)

2020: John Hume, an Irish nationalist politician.

Further Reading

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