On September 3:
36 BC In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, defeated Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, thus ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate.
301 San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, was founded by Saint Marinus.
590 Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great.
863 Major Byzantine victory at the Battle of Lalakaon against an Arab raid.
1189 Richard I of England (Richard “the Lionheart”) was crowned at Westminster.
1260 The Mamluks defeated the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine, marking their first decisive defeat and the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.
1650 Third English Civil War: Battle of Dunbar.
1651 Third English Civil War: Battle of Worcester – Charles II of England was defeated in the last main battle of the war.
1666 The Royal Exchange burned down in the Great Fire of London
1777 Cooch’s Bridge – Skirmish of American Revolutionary War in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.
1783 American Revolutionary War: The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and Great Britain.
1798 The week long battle of St. George’s Caye began between Spanish and British off the coast of Belize.
1803 English scientist John Dalton began using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1812 24 settlers were killed in the Pigeon Roost Massacre.
1838 Dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carrying identification papers provided by a Free Black seaman, future abolitionist Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from slavery.
1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Metz began.
1914 William, Prince of Albania left the country after just six months due to opposition to his rule.
1933 Yevgeniy Abalakov reached the highest point of the Soviet Union – Communism Peak (7495 m).
1935 Sir Malcolm Campbell reached speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive a car over 300 mph.
1939 World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies. In contrast to its entry into the First World War, New Zealand acted in its own right.
1940 Pauline Collins, English actress, was born.
1942 Al Jardine, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1942 World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn led an uprising in the Lakhva Ghetto.
1944 Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport train from Westerbork to Auschwitz.
1945 – Three-day celebration was held in China, following the Victory over Japan Day on September 2.
1947 Eric Bell, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy), was born.
1950 “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
1951 The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, aired its first episode on the CBS network.
1955 Steve Jones, English musician (Sex Pistols), was born.
1958 Pioneering heart surgeon Brian Barratt-Boyes performed New Zealand’s first open heart surgery using a heart-lung bypass machine.
1967 Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changed from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.
1971 Qatar became an independent state.
1976 The Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars.
1987 In a coup d’état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza was deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.
1994 Sino-Soviet Split: Russia and the People’s Republic of China agreed to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
1999 87-automobile pile-up on Highway 401 freeway just east of Windsor, Ontario, after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair.
2004 Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ended with the deaths of morethan 300 people, more than half of whom were children.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia