On This Day In History, 3 September

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World Events Today

  • San Marino, officially known as the Republic of San Marino, gained independence from the Roman Empire today in 301, it is considered the oldest constitutional republic in the world
  • Richard I, also known as Richard The Lionheart, was crowned King of England today in 1189
  • The Treaty of Paris was signed today in 1783, it brought an official end to the American War of Independence

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first official game of American football was played today in 1895, the home team Latrobe Athletic Association beat Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0
  • The British motor enthusiast Major Sir Malcolm Campbell, MBE, was the first person to drive a car over 300 miles per hour today in 1935, a land speed record at the time
  • Mary Peters, from Great Britain, surprised the rest of the field when she won the Olympic Gold medal in the pentathlon in Munich, today in 1972

Family Events Today

  • Carlos Irwin Estévez, better known as the American actor Charlie Sheen, who starred in many movies, including Platoon and Young Guns, was born today in 1965 in New York City
  • Francesco Rosario Capra, better known as the influential Italian-born American film director Frank Capra, died today in 1991 aged 94
  • William Ambrose Wright, CBE, better known as the English football legend Billy Wright, who played his entire club career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, died today in 1994 aged 70

Main Event Today

  • In response to the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, Britain and France, along with their empires, officially entered World War II today in 1939

National Day Today

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