On this day: First Britons to sail the Atlantic

Events, births and anniversaries
John Ridgeway andChay Blyth became first Britons to row across Atlantic. Picture: GettyJohn Ridgeway andChay Blyth became first Britons to row across Atlantic. Picture: Getty
John Ridgeway andChay Blyth became first Britons to row across Atlantic. Picture: Getty

3 September

1189: Coronation of King Richard I, the Lion Heart, in Westminster Abbey.

1650: Scottish army of Charles II, under Sir David Leslie, routed by the English Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell at Dunbar.

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1651: Oliver Cromwell defeated Royalist troops at Battle of Worcester.

1745: James Francis Stuart proclaimed as King James VIII of Scotland by his son, Prince Charles Edward at Perth.

1752: The 3 September became 14 September with the introduction of the Gregorian calendar. Crowds were said to have flocked streets, crying: “Give us back our 11 days.”

1783: The peace of Versailles ending the War of American Independence was signed in Paris.

1787: Weavers rioted against wage-cutting in Glasgow. After bricks were thrown, injuring magistrates and military, troops were ordered to fire on the rioters, killing three and fatally wounding three others before the crowd dispersed.

1878: The Princess Alice pleasure paddle-steamer was sliced in half on the Thames near Woolwich by the 1,400-tonne collier iron steamer the Bywell Castle: 700 people died, 100 swam to safety and 70 were pulled out of the water by colliers.

1879: Afghanistan troops massacred British legation at Kabul.

1916: The first German Zeppelin airship was shot down by Captain Robinson in Cufley, Hertfordshire. He was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell set a land speed record of 301.13mph.

1939: Britain and France declared war on Germany.

1945: Singapore was returned to British control after being occupied by Japanese since 1942.

1953: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was established.

1966: Captain John Ridgway and Sergeant Chay Blyth became the first Britons to row across the Atlantic. The journey, in English Rose III, took 91 days.

1976: Viking 2 set down on Mars after a journey lasting six days short of one year.

1989: Thousands of black people marched and waded at “whites only” beach in defiance campaign in South Africa.

1992: Kevin Maxwell was declared bankrupt with debts of £406.5 million.


Fearne Cotton, television presenter, 33; Pauline Collins OBE, actress, 74 Basil Butcher, West Indian cricketer, 81; Caryl Churchill, playwright, 76 ; Michael Connarty, Labour MP, 67; Nicky Horne, disc jockey, 64; Gerard Houllier, football manager, 67; Anne Jackson, actress, 88; Al Jardine, singer (The Beach Boys), 72; Steve Jones, guitarist (Sex Pistols), 59; Sir Brian Lochore OBE, New Zealand rugby player, 74; Charlie Sheen, actor, 49; Gareth Southgate, manager and former footballer, 44; Eric Bell, musician (Thin Lizzy), 67.


Births: 1875 Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche car company; 1904 Lord Craigton, former Scottish Office minister; 1982 Sarah Burke, multi gold medal-winning Olympic skier.

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Deaths: 1420 Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, Governor of Scotland 1406-1420, Earl of Fife & Menteith; 1658 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland; 1766 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian; 1967 Woody Guthrie, folk singer; 1969 Ho Chi Minh, prime minister and president, Democratic Republic of Vietnam; Steve Fossett, businessman, aviator and adventurer.