August 03

This Day in History

1988

Soviets Release Mathias Rust

On August 3, 1988, Soviet authorities free Mathias Rust, the daring young West German pilot who landed a rented Cessna on Moscow's Red Square in 1987. Rust was serving a four-year sentence at a labor … (more...)

1778

La Scala Opera House Opens

On this day in 1778, one of the most famous cultural landmarks in Italy was inaugurated when Antonio Salieri's opera Europa Riconosciuta premiered at Milan's La Scala opera house. It was the first … (more...)