3 August It Happened Today
1492 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his voyage of discovery.
1778 Milan’s La Scala opera house opens for the first time.
1881 Death of William George Fargo, co-founder of the Wells-Fargo express service.
1924 Death of Polish born novelist Joseph Conrad.
1924 Birth of American author Leon Uris.
1940 Birth of American actor Martin Sheen.
1966 Death of American comedian Lenny Bruce.
2008 Death of Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.