June 3rd – This Day in History – Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births

June 3, 2010
By Vannini

This is the 154th day of the year, with 211 days remaining in 2010.

Notable Births

1808 – Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy.

1811 – Henry James, American philosophical theologian.

  • “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
  • “I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it.”
  • “I’ve always been interested in people, but I’ve never liked them.”
  • “In art economy is always beauty.”

1853 – William Flinders Petrie, English archaeologist.

1864 – Ransom Eli Olds, American inventor and automobile manufacturer.

1906 – Josephine Baker, American actress, comedienne, singer, dancer.

1925 – Tony Curtis (Bernard Schwartz), American actor.

1926 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet, writer.

1967 – Anderson Cooper, American reporter.

Notable Deaths

Franz Kafka Photo

1899 – Johann Strauss II, Austrian composer.

1924 – Franz Kafka, Austrian novelist.

  • “A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.”
  • “Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair.”
  • “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. “
  • “God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”
  • “The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.”

1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian political and religious leader.

1992 – Robert Morley, English actor.

2001 – Anthony Quinn (born Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn), Mexican-born actor.

Notable Events

1162 – Thomas à Becket was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.

1621 – The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands (now New York).

1800 – John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States of America, became the first president to reside in Washington, D.C., when he took up residence at Union Tavern in Georgetown.

1835 – P.T. Barnum’s circus started its first tour of the United States.

1851 – The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms.

1880 – Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message on his newly-invented “photophone.”

1916 – The National Defense Act was authorized, establishing the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

1937 – The Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monts, France.

1959 – The first class of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduated.

1965 – Astronaut Edward White became the first American to “walk” in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.

1968 – Pop artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically wounded in his New York film studio by Valerie Solanas, an actress and militant feminist.

1972 – Sally Jan Priesand was ordained the first woman rabbi in the U.S.

1989 – The Chinese government authorized its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing’s Tiananmen Square  after seven weeks of protests for democratic reforms, killing 2000 protesters.

2006 – Montenegro declared independence from the state union of Serbia and Montenegro.

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