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On This Day - June 3rd

June 3rd is more than just another day. It's a great day to try some sweet apple juice, dig out your old school globe, and to start preparing for the summer bites and bugs to come. Of course, there are also plenty of historical events that took place today, too – so let's take a dive into what we can all learn about June 3rd.

On this day


We said hello to the globe!

Believe it or not, the very first physical globe was only first unveiled on June 3rd, 1492, by Martin Behaim, a German geography specialist who produced an Erdapfel. That translates roughly as Earth Apple! To this day, you can still see the Erdapfel over in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum over in Nuremberg.

King Edward VIII

The abdicating king got married.

King Edward VIII, the British monarch who controversially abdicated the throne so he could marry his companion, Wallis Simpson, finally tied the knot with his American fiancee on June 3rd, 1937. He’d abdicated from being king back in December 1936.

Ixtoc I

One of the biggest spills in history took place.

On June 3rd, 1979, the Ixtoc I – an oil rig based out in the Gulf of Mexico – blew, which resulted in the spilling of three million barrels into the ocean. To this day, oil spills continue to have a devastating effect on marine life all over the world.

Tiananmen Square

The Tiananmen Square protests took place.

On June 3rd, 1989, protests undertaken by students in Tiananmen Square, China, took a devastating turn as the state started to roll tanks into the area. This would lead to a massacre that shocked the rest of the world.

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Montenegro broke free!

In a move that ended 88 years of unity with Serbia, back on June 3rd, 2006, Montenegro announced that they would be separating as their own states. They’ve since performed separately at the Eurovision Song Contest!

Special Days Falling on June 3rd

Whether you enjoy tucking into eggs or the odd glass of cider (maybe both), June 3rd is a day you’ll want to mark. It’s also a big occasion for breaking out the mosquito spray, too! Let’s take a closer look at some special occasions being marked today.
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World Cider Day

Cider is an immensely popular alcoholic drink that’s either sweet or dry – and while it’s traditionally made from apples, various fruit-flavored varieties have popped up across the years! Today’s a good day to kick back with a crisp glass and to enjoy some rich apple cider in your own time. But, as always, do drink responsibly!

cracking in to a boiled egg for breakfast

National Egg Day

Eggs are some of the most versatile foodstuffs we enjoy today – and while many of us cook chicken eggs, have you ever tried the egg of a quail or an ostrich? No matter how you cook them and what dishes you enjoy a good egg or two with, make sure to tuck into some as part of this June 3rd celebration.

mosquito repellent

Insect Repellent Awareness Day

As the northern hemisphere gets deeper into the hot summer ahead, it’s well worth investing in some insect repellent to keep itchy bloodsucking pests at bay! Be sure to take this special occasion as a reminder to add a can or two to your shopping list, especially if you plan to head somewhere warm and sunny!

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This month in history

The Philippines declared independence. The islands, originally ruled over by Spain (and even named after their monarch, King Philip II), finally gained freedom in June 1898 – however, they would then be invaded by the US, and only free once again after the end of World War II.

Famous Birthdays on June 3rd

Josephine Baker, American actress, born 1906

Tony Curtis, American actor, born 1925

Curtis Mayfield, American singer, born 1942

Anderson Cooper, American TV journalist, born 1967

Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis champion, born 1986

If you were born on June 3rd…

… that would make you a Gemini! Sociable and eager to learn more about people, you’re pretty energetic. That can make you a handful for some of the more laid-back or introverted star signs! Your star sign is the twins, and you’re ruled by the planet Mercury.

Want to know more? We have a whole Gemini fact file ready and waiting for you to dive into. Take a look!

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