August 3 in Pop Culture History

August 3rd Fun Facts, Trivia and History

August 3rd History Highlights

  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus sailed from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
  • 1852 – In the first American intercollegiate athletic event, Harvard University won the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard.
  • 1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana.
  • August 3, 2032 (fiction) Crime lord Simon Phoenix escaped from cryo-prison and had a crime spree in San Angeles, in Demolition Man, Film
  • If you were born on August 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 10th (prior year)

Traditional August 3rd Information


August 3rd is…

Champagne Day
Georgia Day
Grab Some Nuts Day
Watermelon Day

August 3rd Birthday Quotes

” Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.”
– Martha Stewart

” Say what you will, nothing can make a complete soldier except battle experience.”
– Ernie Pyle

“I don’t think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern.”
– P. D. James

We are not asked to do great things. We are asked to do all things with great care.”
– Martin Sheen

” You don’t protect any of your individual liberties by lying down and going to sleep.”
– John T. Scopes

“Abe Lincoln is my favorite president of all time – and he pulls off that top hat pretty well.”
– Ryan Lochte

August 3rd Birthdays

1900 – Ernie Pyle, American soldier, and journalist (died in 1945)
1900 – John T. Scopes, American educator (died in 1970)
1904 – Dolores del Río, Mexican actress (died in 1983)
1920 – P. D. James, English author (died in 2014)
1920 – Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player (died in 1971)
1921 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress, and singer (died in 1972)
1926 – Gordon Scott, American actor (died in 2007)
1939 – Jimmie Nicol, English drummer
1940 – Martin Sheen, American actor
1941 – Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
1946 – Syreeta Wright, American singer-songwriter (died in 2004)
1950 – John Landis, American director, producer and screenwriter
1959 – John C. McGinley, American actor
1979 – Evangeline Lilly, Canadian model, and actress
1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer

August 3rd History

1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain towards, he expected, Asia.

1769 – The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California were discovered.

1852 – Harvard University won the first Boat Race against Yale University. The race was the first American intercollegiate athletic event

1926 – The first traffic lights in Great Britain were installed at Piccadilly Circus.

1936 – Jesse Owens won the 100-meter dash, beating ‘the world’s fastest man’ Ralph Metcalfe at the Berlin Olympics.

1946 – Santa Claus Land, the first modern themed amusement park, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.

1958 – The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus traveled under the Arctic ice cap.

1963 – #1 Hit August 3, 1963 – August 9, 1963: The Tymes – So Much in Love

1968 – #1 Hit August 3, 1968 – August 16, 1968: The Doors – Hello, I Love You

1977 – Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers. The basic model originally shipped with 4 KB of RAM.

1985 – #1 Hit August 3, 1985 – August 23, 1985: Tears for Fears – Shout

1996 – #1 Hit August 3, 1996 – November 8, 1996: Los Del Rio – Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)

1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opened.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter “J”.

When we say something is “just a cry for help”, it’s usually to explain why we won’t be offering any.

There have only been two voice actors to voice Donald Duck. Clarence Nash (1934 – 1985) and Tony Anselmo (1985 – present).

Flux Capacitor – The device used by Doctor Emmett Brown, requiring 1.21 gigawatts of power, to travel through time.

A group of Ferrets is called a Business or Cast.

Pixar’s “UP” was the first-ever animated film or 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

I would like to open a restaurant called ‘Sanswiches’. We would serve everything but sandwiches.

Q: What is a cheetah’s favorite food? A: Fast food!

“You’re my best friend” by Queen is probably about a car. And now, you are singing it in your head. #queenrocks

“Kiss My Grits!” #TVCatchphrase

“What, did someone just step on a duck?” #moviequotes

The lifespan of a taste bud is about ten days. #snapplefacts

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