On this day
The nation of San Marino was founded.
In 301 AD, San Marino was declared a new nation by Saint Marinus. It is one of the world's smallest nations and the oldest republic still in existence! It's technically a microstate that's enclaved within Italy itself – so you can visit two countries at once, perhaps
Britain started adapting to the Gregorian calendar for the first time.
In 1752, all nations and territories within and under the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar. Since the Gregorian calendar was 11 days shorter than their previous one (the Julian model), riots unfolded as people believed the government had stolen 11 days from them! Thankfully, things have settled down on that front since then!
A French Constitution was passed.
In 1791, the new French Constitution passed via the National Assembly. It declared France as a constitutional monarchy – despite the fact the country had witnessed betrayal via its king and the fact the nation was moving toward a more republican ideal.
Slave abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped.
In 1838, abolitionist Frederick Douglass made his escape from slavery. He did so by disguising himself as a sailor – he would go on to become one of the most important figures in US civil rights, eventually even becoming the first African American nominated as Vice President.
Special Days Falling on September 3rdSeptember 3rd is just as much about the present as it is about the past. In fact, around the world today, people are coming together to commemorate important events and celebrations. Here are some of the most important holidays you’ll want to take note of.
Foundation Day in San Marino
The birth of the Republic of San Marino is celebrated every year on September 3rd! The day specifically commemorates when Saint Marinus founded the world's oldest surviving sovereign state with a group of men on Monte Titano. To celebrate the day, there is a flag-raising ceremony, a military parade, and a solemn oath.
Yamashita Surrender Day
September 3rd is also an important date in the Philippines as it celebrates Yamashita Surrender Day! The day commemorates the surrender of the Japanese General, Tomoyuki Yamashita, and pays respect to the soldiers who lost their lives in battle.
Anybody out there know a Stephen or two? September happens to be a great day to celebrate all the Stephens out there (and a few Stevens, too). Give any Steves or Stephens in your life a little more of your time today – they deserve it!