This Day In History : June 3

1965 United States

1st US Space walk made by NASA astronaut Ed White during the Gemini 4 mission

The first US spacewalk, or Extravehicular Activity (EVA), was conducted by NASA astronaut Ed White during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965. During this historic spacewalk, Ed White floated outside the spacecraft for approximately 20 minutes, tethered to the spacecraft by an umbilical cord, while maneuvering with a handheld maneuvering unit.

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Discover what happened on June 3 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
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Births on This Day, June 3
  • 1864 Ransom E. Olds

    American businessman who founded Oldsmobile and REO Motor Car Company

  • 1808 Jefferson Davis

    American colonel and politician, President of the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865

  • 1726 James Hutton

    Scottish geologist and father of modern geology

  • 1770 Manuel Belgrano

    Argentine politician and military leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina

  • 1865 George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert)

    King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36)

Deaths on This Day, June 3
  • 1990 Robert Noyce

    American physicist and entrepreneur who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968

  • 1898 Samuel Plimsoll

    English politician and social reformer (invented Plimsoll line for ships)

  • 1933 William Muldoon

    American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia"

  • 1949 Amadeo Giannini

    American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America)

  • 2011 Jack Kevorkian

    American pathologist and right-to-die activist


Amsterdam establishes municipal postal service

On June 3, 1748, Amsterdam established its municipal postal service1. This service played a crucial role in facilitating communication and connecting people within the city.

Dutch 1st Chamber accepts Health laws

The Dutch 1st Chamber's acceptance of health laws occurred on June 3, 1913. This event marked a significant development in the legislative framework related to healthcare in the Netherlands, reflecting the government's efforts to establish regulations and standards for public health and medical services.

US Supreme Court in Hammer v. Dagenhart rules child labor laws unconstitutional

In Hammer v. Dagenhart, the US Supreme Court ruled on June 3, 1918, that the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 was unconstitutional. The act had prohibited the interstate shipment of goods produced by child labor, but the Supreme Court held that Congress exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution by regulating intrastate labor conditions.

US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta

On June 3, 1976, British parliamentarians presented the United States with a remarkable gift: a one-year loan of the oldest known copy of the Magna Carta.
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