This day in history

Tuesday, Sept. 3, is the 246th day of 2013. There are 119 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Cartoonist Mort Walker is 90. Actress Anne Jackson is 88. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 71. Actress Valerie Perrine is 70. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 58. Actor Steve Schirripa is 56. Actor Charlie Sheen is 48. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 29. Gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 27.

In 1189, England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.


In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died in London; he was succeeded by his son, Richard.

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In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

In 1939, Britain, France, Australia, and New Zealand declared war on Germany.

In 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with the Allies.

In 1976, America’s Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet’s surface.


In 1999, a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, dismissing all charges against photographers and a press motorcyclist, concluding it was caused by an inebriated driver.