Date in the song "Papa was a Rolling Stone" sung by the Temptations.
"It was the 3rd of September. A day I'll always remember......"
Richard the Lionheart crowned King of England.
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England from 1653, dies in London.
So begins the strange oddyssy of his head.
Three years later, his body was exhumed and decapitated by the Royalists.
The head was stuck on a pole at Tyburn, the public execution spot, and remained there until a stiff breeze blew it off.
It was then stolen and bought and sold for three centuries until it was finally laid to rest at his old college, Sydney Sussex in Cambridge, in 1960.
The Treaty of Paris was signed, in which Great Britain recognized the independence of the United States.
William Wordsworth composes the sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.
During the siege of the British Residency in Kabul, Afghanistan, British envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and 72 men of the The Guides are massacred by Afghan troops.
Actress and singer Kitty Carlisle born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
French composer Albéric Magnard becomes a national hero after being killed defending his estate against invading German soldiers.
Blues pianist, singer, and composer, Memphis Slimborn in Memphis, Tennessee.
Cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) born in El Dorado, Kansas.
USS Shenandoah, the United States' first American-built rigid airship, was destroyed in a storm over Noble County, Ohio.
Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Lansdowne.
John Lennon left Britain, never to return.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Fructidor 17 Cardère