Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 3

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This is a list of selected February 3 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled February 3, 2020 featured article or the February 3, 2020 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Feast day of Dom Justo Takayama in Japan and the Philippines; citation check
1488 – Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed in Mossel Bay, becoming the first known European to have sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and the southern tip of Africa. refimprove
1509Turkish–Portuguese War: Portugal defeated a joint fleet of Mamlûk Burji Sultanate of Egypt, Ottoman Empire, the Zamorin of Calicut and the Sultan of Gujarat at the Battle of Diu off the coast of Diu, India. unreferenced section
1807Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom captured Montevideo, now the capital of Uruguay, from the Spanish Empire. needs more footnotes; Montevideo not bold because it's not an appropriate target article
1815 – The first factory for the industrial production of cheese opened in Switzerland. date not in article, refimprove section
1867 – Crown Prince Mutsuhito succeeded his father Kōmei as Emperor of Japan, taking the title Meiji. needs more footnotes
1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, allowing Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on census results. refimprove section
1931 – New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster, the 7.9 MW Hawke's Bay earthquake, struck, killing 256. refimprove section
1966 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 became the first space probe to land on the Moon and transmit pictures from the lunar surface. refimprove section
1967Ronald Ryan became the last person to be legally executed in Australia, sparking public protests across the country. lead too short
1984 – A woman under the care of Dr. John Buster of the Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, gave birth to a baby that resulted from the first successful embryo transfer from one person to another. refimprove section
1989Alfredo Stroessner', whose rule as President of Paraguay for 35 years was marked by uninterrupted repression in his country, was overthrown in a military coup by Andrés Rodríguez. refimprove


February 3: Setsubun in Japan; Four Chaplains' Day in the United States

Wreckage of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper
Wreckage of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper

Coloman, King of Hungary (d. 1116) · George Crabbe (d. 1832) · Tatyana Velikanova (b. 1932)

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