Today in History: 3rd August

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 Historical Events:

• 1921: First aerial crop-dusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars).
• 1926: Traffic lights installed at Piccadilly Circus.
• 1987: Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26.
• 2004: The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1953: Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show.
• 1946: Cyprian Mpho Shilakoe, SA artist, is born in Barberton, Eastern Transvaal. He died in September, 1972, in a motor car accident.
• 1963: Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool.
• 1966: South African government bans Beatle records.

Sports:

• 1941: Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio’s streak of 74 games in reaching base.
• 1949: Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association.
• 1954: Divan Serfontein, SA rugby captain, is born.
• 1998: Helen Bland, wife of SA golfer John Bland, dies.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba