On this day
The English passed the Act of Supremacy.
In 1534, English King Henry VIII oversaw Parliament passing the Act of Supremacy – a somewhat controversial move that made Henry and all subsequent monarchs the Head of the Church of England. Times have changed since the monarch had total diplomatic power, but it’s on this date that Henry VIII tipped the balance in his favor.
John Austin made history.
In 1783, John Austin, who had been tried for murder, was hanged for his crimes. What made Austin’s execution noteworthy was the fact he was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.
John Willis Menard broke down barriers.
In 1868, John Willis Menard from Louisiana became the first elected black US Congressman. However, due to opposition to his election, he never actually sat in Congress. Thankfully, times have changed significantly.
SOS became the new standard code for help!
In 1906, the International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin made "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) the worldwide standard distress signal for help in Morse code. It continues to be the standard code to this day, even if the telegraph has long since been replaced!
Special Days Falling on November 3rdNovember 3rd is also very much a date for celebration and commemoration. Here are some of the biggest events taking place around the world today!
Independence of Cuenca
November 3rd is also the date that Ecuador celebrates the Independence of Cuenca! The day commemorates the moment the city of Cuenca declared its independence in 1820. Interestingly, the city proclaimed its independence from the Spanish before the rest of the country! To honor this, there are parades, parties, and music playing all over the country today!
Maldives Victory Day
In the Maldives, November 3rd is Victory Day! The day celebrates the victory of the Government of Maldives against the forces that tried to coup against them. It is a federal holiday that is celebrated throughout the nation with parades, parties, speeches, and, of course, a flag-hoisting ceremony.