On August 3:
1887 English poet Rupert Brooke was born.
1920 English crime wirter P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James was born.
1936 Jesse Owens won the gold medal in the 100 metre dash at the Berlin Olympics.
1941 The Finnish Barque Pamir was seized as a war prize five days after it sailed into Wellington. It is the only “enemy” ship the New Zealand government has ever seized.
Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History online.