1666: During the Great Fire of London, the Royal Exchange burns to the ground.
1777: At the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge during the American Revolutionary War, the stars and strips of the U.S flag is flown in battle for the very first time.
1783: The American Revolutionary War comes to an end when the U.S and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris.
1802: The sonnet “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” is composed by William Wordsworth on this day.
1814: During the Pigeon Roost Massacre, 24 settlers living at Pigeon Roost, Indiana are attacked by a war party of at least 12 Shawnee Indians and killed.
1838: Frederick Douglas escapes from slavery. He would go on to become one of the most famous abolitionists in American history.
1855: During the American Indian Wars, U.S General William S. Harney attacks a Sioux village in Nebraska with approximately 700 soldiers and kills over a hundred men, women and children. He did it to avenge the Grattan Massacre that occurred on August 19th, 1854.
1861: During the American Civil War, Kentucky asks the Union for assistance when Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades the state.
1939: After Poland is invaded by the Nazis, the U.K., France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany – thereby forming the Allies.
1939: The Battle of the Atlantic begins; France and the U.K start a naval blockade of Germany. This effort will last until the end of World War II.
1976: The Viking 2 spacecraft lands on Mars at Utopia Planitia.
Famous Birthdays on September 3
American actor Charlie Sheen is born in 1965.
American author and painter Steven Johnson Leyba is born in 1966.
American actor, screenwriter, director and producer Noah Baumback is born in 1969.
American actress, screenwriter and producer Clare Kramer is born in 1974.
Hong Kong actor and singer-songwriter Daniel Chan is born in 1975.
American football player Jevon Kearse is born in 1976.