It happened today – this day in history – November 3

1394: Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI.

1493: Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Dominica.

1534: Parliament passes the Act of Supremacy, making Henry VIII and subsequent monarchs head of the Church of England.

1640: Formation of the ‘Long Parliament’.

1752: Composer George Frederick Handel undergoes an eye operation, which ois not successful.

1762: Spain acquires Louisiana. On the same day, Britain and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris.

1783: Murderer John Austin is the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.

1793: French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.

1796: John Quincy Adams is elected as second president of the US.

1868: Ulysses S Grant wins the US presidential election.

1896: William McKinley is elected president of the US.

1899: World heavyweight boxing champion James J Jeffries retains his title, beating Tom Sharkey on points in 25 rounds.

1903: Colombia grants independence to Panama.

1908: William Howard Taft is elected 27th president of the US.

1913: The first modern elastic bra is patented by New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob.

1918: Dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On the same day, Poland declares its independence from Russia.

1926: Death of legendary sharp shooter Annie Oakley.

1936: US president Franklin D Roosevelt wins a second term in office.

1954: Death of painter and sculptor Henri Matisse aged 84.

1958: Elvis Presley went on manoeuvres for the first time with the US Army’s 32nd Tank Regiment near the German, Czech border.

1964: Lyndon B Johnson is elected president of the US.

1967: Filming for The Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour was completed, finishing with a sequence at Ringo’s country house in Weybridge, Surrey.

1968: Lotus driver Graham Hill wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1970: Marxist Salvador Allende is inaugurated as President of Chile.

1972: James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge in Simon’s Manhattan apartment.

1985: McLaren driver Alain Prost wins the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1991: Ayrton Senna wins his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1992: Bill Clinton is elected president of the US.

1993: Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments.

1998: Death of Batman creator Bob Kane aged 83.

2002: Lonnie Donegan, dies mid-way through a UK tour.

BIRTHDAYS: Gerd Muller, former footballer, 75; Lulu (Marie Lawrie) singer, 71; Larry Holmes, former World Heavyweight Boxing champion,70; Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogie magazine, 70; Roseanne Barr, comedienne, 67; Kate Capshaw, actress, 66; Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) singer, 65; Dolph Lundgren, actor, 62; Ian McNabb, musician (Icicle Works) 57; Marilyn (Peter Robinson) singer, 57; Ian Wright, football pundit, 56; Steven Wilson, musician/producer, 52; Dylan Moran, comedian/actor, 48; Mick Thomson, musician (Slipknot) 46; Ben Fogle, broadcaster, 46; Nemone Metaxas, broadcaster, 46; Kendall Jenner, model/TV personality, 24.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk