Today in History: August 3

Today in History: August 3

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1347

Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.

1492

Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world.

1546

French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.

1553

Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, enters London.

1610

Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.

1692

French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerque in the Netherlands.

1805

Muhammad Ali becomes the new ruler of Egypt.

1807

The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.

1864

Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

1882

Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.

1908

Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.

1911

Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.

1916

Sir Roger Casement is hanged for treason in England.

1945

Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.

1958

The first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, passes under the North Pole.

1967

President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.

1972

Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings.

1975

The Louisiana Superdome is dedicated.

1977

Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer, which with Apple and Commodore would form the "1977 Trinity." Its price and Radio Shack's established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.

1990

The US commits naval forces to the Persian Gulf region in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

2004

Statue of Liberty's pedestal reopens to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.