September 3

1189

Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned king of England at Westminster Abbey.

1658

Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England, died.

1783

The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain.

1939

Great Britain and France declared war on Germany during World War II.

1967

Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam.

1974

Frank Robinson was named the first African-American manager in major league baseball.

1976

The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars and took the first pictures of the planet's surface.

1978

Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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