June 3rd

2013
The trial against whistleblower Bradley Manning begins. The American soldier, a trans woman now called Chelsea Manning, was responsible for leaking classified videos documenting U.S. war atrocities during the Iraq War. She was sentenced to 35 years confinement.
Chelsea Manning
1998
101 people die in the Eschede train disaster. Travelling at 200 km/h (120 mph), a high-speed ICE train derailed and crashed into a bridge. The accident was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the train's wheels. It was the deadliest high-speed train disaster in history.
Eschede derailment
1989
Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing.
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989
1982
The Israeli ambassador to the U.K. is shot. Shlomo Argov survived the assassination attempt by a Palestinian terrorist group, but he was permanently paralyzed. The event triggered the 1982 Lebanon War.
Shlomo Argov
1979
The world's worst oil spill occurred when an exploratory oil well, Ixtoc 1, blew out, spilling over 140 million gallons of oil into the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico.
Ixtoc I oil spill
1973
The world's first supersonic airliner crashes. The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144, sometimes referred to as Concordski, disintegrated in mid-air during the 1973 Paris Air Show. 14 people died.
Tupolev Tu-144
1965
Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
Edward Higgins White
1943
A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.
History of antisemitism in the United States
1937
The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
Edward VIII
1929
Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
Talk:War of the Pacific/Archive 2
1861
Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
Stephen A. Douglas
1621
Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa).
Dutch West India Company
1492
Martin Behaim presents the world's first globe. The German geographer called his terrestrial globe Erdapfel, or Earth Apple. It is kept in a darkened room at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany.
Martin Behaim