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.

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