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August 3 in History

Update: August, 03/2012 - 10:32



Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, looking for a route to India across the Atlantic, discovering instead the New World.


Germany declares war on France at the start of World War I.


Birth of Vietnamese journalist and photographer Nguyen Ba Khoan (died 1993). In 1939, he cycled alone the length and width of Indochina, taking pictures of the entire region. His unique historical photos include Hanoians Demonstrating in Front of the Municipal Theatre on the Eve of the August Revolution in 1945 and The Last French Soldiers Leaving Ha Noi via Long Bien Bridge. Khoan was conferred the Ho Chi Minh Award.


In Guangxi, China, President Ho Chi Minh starts a three-day discussion with the head of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai on the restoration of peace in Indochina.


The US atomic submarine Nautilus, commanded by William Anderson, becomes the first vessel to reach the North Pole under the ice.


Viet Nam and Iceland establish diplomatic relations.


The United Nations begins its withdrawal of 20,000 peacekeepers in Cambodia.


Political moderate Mohammad Khatami takes over as president of Iran.


The US Justice Department rules that the government must pay the heirs of Abraham Zapruder US$16 million for his film of President John F Kennedy's assassination.


The International Monetary Fund announces it will loan US$1.2 billion loan to Argentina and extend $15 billion line of credit to Brazil. — AP/REUTERS

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