July 03

This Day in History

1988

U.S. warship downs Iranian passenger jet

In the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that it mistakes for a hostile Iranian fighter aircraft. Two missiles were fired from the American … (more...)

1922

Death Penalty Abolished – Queensland Leads The Way in Australia

Capital punishment – or the death penalty – was practiced in all Australian states from the beginning of European settlement until well into the twentieth century. The death sentence was applied for a … (more...)

1908

Phaistos Disc Discovered

On this day in 1908, Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier discovered the Phaistos Disc on a dig around the Minoan palace of Phaistos, close to Hagia Triada on the southern coast of Crete. The … (more...)

1844

Last Great Auks Killed

On this day in 1844, the last two Great Auks—large, flightless birds that bred on the rocky, isolated islands of the North Atlantic—were killed by three men from Scotland for collectors. They were the … (more...)