March 3rd

2003
New embassies opened in Kenya and Tanzania, to replace those lost in the 1998 terrorist bombings.
1993 World Trade Center bombing
2002
Voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.
Switzerland
2000
Former dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile after being detained in Britain on torture charges.
Indictment and arrest of Augusto Pinochet
1991
Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted.
1992 Los Angeles riots
1985
The U.K. miners' strike ends. The year-long dispute was the country's longest-running industrial dispute and a defining issue of Margaret Thatcher's conservative government.
UK miners' strike (1984–85)
1974
All 345 people on board a Turkish Airlines jet die as it plunges to the ground near Paris, France. The crash of the DC-10 aircraft has the 4th highest death toll of any aviation accident in history.
Turkish Airlines Flight 981
1969
Apollo 9 was launched on a mission to test the lunar module that was used in the moon landings.
Apollo Lunar Module
1943
Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy.
Battle of the Bismarck Sea
1939
Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India.
1939 in India
1938
The world's fastest steam locomotive is built. The Mallard could reach a speed of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).
LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard
1931
President Herbert Hoover signed into law a bill making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem.
The Star-Spangled Banner
1924
The last remnant of the Ottoman empire in Turkey is abolished. The end of the Islamic caliphate marked the demise of the 600-year old empire and gave way to the formation of a reformed Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Ottoman Caliphate
1923
Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, debuted.
Time (magazine)
1918
Germany, Austria, and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
1917
1st major strike of the Russian 'February Revolution' starts at the giatn Putilov factory in Petrograd [OS=Feb 18].
Kirov Plant
1887
Anne Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher of their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.
Helen Keller
1879
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman lawyer to be admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Belva Ann Lockwood
1875
Georges Bizet's opera Carmen debuted in Paris, to cool audience reception and panned by critics.
1861
Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs and granted them the full rights of free citizens [OS=Feb 19].
Emancipation reform of 1861
1857
Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
Second Opium War
1849
Congress created the Minnesota Territory.
Minnesota Territory
1847
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Alexander Graham Bell
1845
Florida became the 27th state in the United States.
State of Florida
1575
Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
Battle of Tukaroi