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Monday 3 September 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Flag Day in Australia
  • Merchant Navy Day (United Kingdom)
  • Merchant Navy Remembrance Day (Canada)
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day (United States)

Events

  • 1976 – Viking program: The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars.
  • 1954 – The People's Liberation Army begins shelling the Republic of China-controlled islands of Quemoy, starting the First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
  • 1950 – "Nino" Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers' champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
  • 1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph.
  • 1933 – Yevgeniy Abalakov is the first man to reach the highest point in the Soviet Union, Communism Peak (now called Ismoil Somoni Peak and situated in Tajikistan) (7495 m).
  • 1925 – USS Shenandoah, the United States' first American-built rigid airship, was destroyed in a squall line over Noble County, Ohio. Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Lansdowne.
  • 1916 – World War I: Leefe Robinson destroys the German airship Schütte-Lanz SL 11 over Cuffley, north of London; the first German airship to be shot down on British soil.
  • 1895 – John Brallier becomes the first openly professional American football player, when he was paid US$10 by David Berry, to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association in a 12–0 win over the Jeanette Athletic Association.
  • 1879 – Siege of the British Residency in Kabul: British envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and 72 men of the Guides are massacred by Afghan troops while defending the British Residency in Kabul. Their heroism and loyalty became famous and revered throughout the British Empire.
  • 1875 – The first official game of polo is played in Argentina after being introduced by British ranchers.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance.
  • 1855 – American Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under United States General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan massacre by attacking a Sioux village and killing 100 men, women and children.
  • 1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: During the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, the Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time.
  • 1260 – The Mamluks defeat the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine, marking their first decisive defeat and the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.
  • 301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.

Births

  • 1992 – August Alsina, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Shaun White, American snowboarder, skateboarder, and guitarist
  • 1984 – Garrett Hedlund, American actor
  • 1984 – T.J. Perkins, Filipino-American wrestler
  • 1983 – Marcus McCauley, American football player
  • 1982 – Andrew McMahon, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1980 – B.G., American rapper and actor
  • 1979 – Tomo Miličević, Bosnian-American guitarist
  • 1978 – Nick Wechsler, American actor
  • 1977 – Nate Robertson, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jevon Kearse, American football player
  • 1976 – Raheem Morris, American football player and coach
  • 1975 – Redfoo, American singer-songwriter, producer, and dancer
  • 1974 – Clare Kramer, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Damon Stoudamire, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Bob Evans, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1971 – Kiran Desai, Indian-American author
  • 1970 – George Lynch, American basketball player and manager
  • 1970 – Jeremy Glick, American businessman (d. 2001)
  • 1969 – John Fugelsang, American comedian, actor, and talk show host
  • 1969 – Noah Baumbach, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Chris Gatling, American basketball player
  • 1967 – Luis Gonzalez, Cuban-American baseball player
  • 1966 – Steven Johnson Leyba, American painter and author
  • 1965 – Charlie Sheen, American actor and producer
  • 1965 – Vaden Todd Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Toadies, Burden Brothers)
  • 1964 – Adam Curry, American-Dutch businessman and television host, co-founded mevio
  • 1964 – Spike Feresten, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1963 – Sam Adams, American politician, 51st Mayor of Portland
  • 1957 – Earl Cureton, American basketball player and coach
  • 1957 – Garth Ancier, American businessman
  • 1957 – Steve Schirripa, American actor and producer
  • 1950 – Doug Pinnick, American rock singer-songwriter and bass player (King's X)
  • 1948 – Don Brewer, American drummer and singer-songwriter (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • 1945 – George Biondo, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1943 – Valerie Perrine, American model and actress
  • 1942 – Al Jardine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Sergei Dovlatov, Russian-American journalist and author (d. 1990)
  • 1938 – Richard MacCormac, English architect, founded MJP Architects (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Pilar Pallete, Peruvian-American actress
  • 1934 – Freddie King, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)
  • 1933 – Tompall Glaser, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Eileen Brennan, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Dick Motta, American basketball player and coach
  • 1929 – Whitey Bulger, American gangster and murderer
  • 1926 – Alison Lurie, American author and academic
  • 1925 – Anne Jackson, American actress (d. 2016)
  • 1925 – Hank Thompson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)
  • 1924 – Mary Grace Canfield, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Fred Hawkins, American golfer (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Glen Bell, American businessman, founded Taco Bell (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Mort Walker, American cartoonist
  • 1921 – Marguerite Higgins, American journalist and author (d. 1966)
  • 1919 – Phil Stern, American soldier and photographer (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Helen Wagner, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1916 – Eddie Stanky, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Memphis Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1914 – Dixy Lee Ray, American biologist and politician, 17th Governor of Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1913 – Alan Ladd, American actor and producer (d. 1964)
  • 1911 – Bernard Mammes, American cyclist and sergeant (d. 2000)
  • 1910 – Kitty Carlisle, American actress, singer, socialite, and game show panelist (d. 2007)
  • 1907 – Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist, philosopher, and author (d. 1977)
  • 1905 – Carl David Anderson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1897 – Sally Benson, American author and screenwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1893 – Andrey Dikiy, Russian-American journalist, historian, and politician (d. 1977)
  • 1887 – Frank Christian, American trumpet player (d. 1973)
  • 1875 – Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian-German engineer and businessman, founded Porsche (d. 1951)
  • 1856 – Louis Sullivan, American architect and educator, designed the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building (d. 1924)
  • 1854 – Charles Tatham, American fencer (d. 1939)
  • 1849 – Sarah Orne Jewett, American novelist, short story writer and poet (d. 1909)
  • 1820 – George Hearst, American businessman and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1811 – John Humphrey Noyes, American activist, founded the Oneida Community (d. 1886)
  • 1803 – Prudence Crandall, American educator (d. 1890)
  • 1675 – Paul Dudley, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1751)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Walter Becker, American musician, songwriter, and record producer (b. 1950)
  • 2015 – Carter Lay, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1971)
  • 2013 – Don Meineke, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Janet Lembke, American author and scholar (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Pedro Ferriz Santacruz, Mexican-American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Ralph M. Holman, American lawyer and judge (b. 1914)
  • 2012 – Charlie Rose, American lawyer and politician (b. 1939)
  • 2012 – Harold Dunaway, American race car driver and pilot (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader and businessman, founded the Unification Church (b. 1920)
  • 2010 – Noah Howard, American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Robert Schimmel, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2008 – Donald Blakeslee, American colonel and pilot (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Carter Albrecht, American keyboard player and guitarist (b. 1973)
  • 2005 – William Rehnquist, American lawyer and jurist, 16th Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Alan Dugan, American soldier and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2002 – W. Clement Stone, American businessman, philanthropist, and author (b. 1902)
  • 2001 – Pauline Kael, American film critic and author (b. 1919)
  • 2000 – Edward Anhalt, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1994 – James Thomas Aubrey, Jr., American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
  • 1991 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1987 – Morton Feldman, American composer and educator (b. 1926)
  • 1985 – Johnny Marks, American songwriter (b. 1909)
  • 1980 – Barbara O'Neil, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1980 – Duncan Renaldo, Romanian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 1974 – Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (b. 1901)
  • 1970 – Alan Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1943)
  • 1970 – Vince Lombardi, American football player and coach (b. 1913)
  • 1969 – John Lester, American cricketer and soccer player (b. 1871)
  • 1967 – Francis Ouimet, American golfer and banker (b. 1893)
  • 1962 – E. E. Cummings, American poet and playwright (b. 1894)
  • 1961 – Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • 1944 – John Lumsden, Irish physician, founded the St. John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland (b. 1869)
  • 1942 – Will James, Canadian-American author and illustrator (b. 1892)
  • 1886 – William W. Snow, American lawyer and politician (b. 1812)
  • 1857 – John McLoughlin, Canadian-American businessman (b. 1784)
  • 1808 – John Montgomery, American merchant and politician (b. 1722)
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