On this day in history:
In 1864, in the first battle of Atlanta, Confederate troops under Gen. John Hood were defeated by Union forces under Gen. William Sherman.
In 1916, a bomb hidden in a suitcase exploded during a Preparedness Day parade on San Francisco's Market Street, killing 10 people and injuring 40. The parade was in support of the United States' entrance into World War I.
In 1933, Wiley Post completed his first solo flight around the world. It took him 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
In 1991, police arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, finding human body parts stored in his refrigerator and freezer, and others decomposing in chemicals in a 57-gallon drum. Dahmer confessed to 17 murders in all.
In 1992, cartel boss Pablo Escobar vanished along with 10 fellow prison inmates after they staged a riot and held four high-level government officials hostage for some 20 hours in Bogota, Colombia.
In 1994, a U.S. federal judge ordered The Citadel, a state-financed military college in Charleston, S.C., to open its doors to women.
In 2003, Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusai were killed by U.S. forces in a 6-hour firefight at a house in Mosul in northern Iraq.
In 2009, millions of people across Asia sought vantage points to view a rare 6 1/2-minute solar eclipse, longest of the 21st century. It will not be surpassed until 2132.
In 2020, reality TV star Kim Kardashian asked for compassion and empathy for her husband, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West, amid his struggle with bipolar disorder.
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More History & Quotes
A thought for the day: Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. -- British-Zimbabwean writer Doris Lessing
On this date in history:
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain, seeking a western route to India, with a convoy of three small ships -- the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria -- and fewer than 100 ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- Elisha Graves Otis, inventor of the modern elevator, in 1811
- World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle in 1900
- Monkey Trial defendant John Scopes in 1900
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2021 with 150 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
On August 3rd, 1958, the USS Nautilus traveled under the Arctic ice cap.
A thought for the day: I don't think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace. -- American track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee