Two Cuban boxers, Guillermo Rigondeaux Olympic bantamweight chion and amateur welterweight world chion Erislandi Lara, who deserted their team at the 2007 Pan American Games are found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will be sent back to Cuba. //edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/08/03/cuba.brazil.reut/ (CNN)
Rioting erupts on the Paulsgrove estate in Portsmouth, Hshire, England, after more than 100 people besiege the home of a block of flats allegedly housing a convicted paedophile. This is the latest vigilante violence against suspected sex offenders since the beginning of the naming and shaming anti-paedophile caign by the tabloid newspaper "News of the World".
Sunday, August 3, 1997
Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer
An Il-76TD piloted by a Russian crew was forced down by Taliban fighter plane.
Monday, August 3, 1992
August 4 ndash Millions of black South Africans participate in a general strike called by the African National Congress to protest the lack of progress in negotiations with the government of President of South Africa F. W. de Klerk.
The party of Gaspar de Portolà becomes the first white group to set foot in the area now known as Santa Monica, California.
September ndash Massive droughts in Bengal, which lead to the Bengal famine of 1770 in which ten million people, a third of the population, will die, the worst natural disaster in human history (in terms of lives lost).
Thursday, August 3, 1758
Seven Years' War ndash Battle of Negapatam: Off the coast of India, Admiral Pocock again engages d'Aché's French fleet, this time with more success.
Queen Mary I of England arrives in London from East Anglia.
Sunday, July 24, 1530 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Gavinana: Florence is captured by Spanish troops under Prince Philibert. The Piagnon (followers of the memory of Girolamo Savonarola) are overthrown and the Medici are restored, in the person of the Pope's nephew Alessandro de Medici.
In China, Wang Mang crushes a rebellion by Chai I, and on the winter solstice (which has been dated January 10 of the following year) officially assumes the title emperor, establishing the short-lived Xin Dynasty.Klingaman, William K., "The First Century: Emperors, Gods and Everyman", 1990, p 67
After completing "Metamorphoses", Ovid begins the "Fasti" (Festivals), 6 books that detail the first 6 months of the year and provide valuable insights into the Roman Calendar.