spotlight Highlights from history: August 3 Aug 3, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1492: Christopher Columbus In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas. AP 1807: Aaron Burr In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.) AP 1921: "Black Sox" scandal In 1921, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to reinstate the former Chicago White Sox players implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal, despite their acquittals in a jury trial. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1936: Jesse Owens In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint. AP 1958: USS Nautilus In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. STF 1966: Lenny Bruce In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, whose raunchy brand of satire and dark humor landed him in trouble with the law, was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 40. JOHN LINDSAY 1981: Air Traffic Controllers Strike In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were. Handschuh 1987: Iran-Contra hearings In 1987, the Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels. Barry Thumma 1993: Ruth Bader Ginsburg In 1993, the Senate voted 96-to-three to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Doug Mills 2004: Statue of Liberty In 2004, the Statue of Liberty pedestal in New York City reopened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 attacks. JENNIFER SZYMASZEK 2005: South Korea cloned dog In 2005, the journal Nature reported that a South Korean researcher had created the world's first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named "Snuppy." (Although the scientist, Hwang Woo-suk, was later disgraced over faked research, the cloning of Snuppy was independently confirmed.) AHN YOUNG-JOON 2009: Los Angeles Ten years ago: A court in Los Angeles appointed Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, permanent guardian of the late pop star's children. Mark J. Terrill 2009: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ten years ago: Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) for a second term as president. Amin Khosroshahi 2018: Las Vegas Shooting investigation One year ago: Las Vegas police said they were closing their investigation into the Oct. 1 shooting that left 58 people dead at a country music festival without a definitive answer for why Stephen Paddock unleashed gunfire from a hotel suite onto the concert crowd. John Locher 2018: Zimbabwe Elections One year ago: President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight What should you be driving? promotion spotlight AP What time period do you belong in? More Latest Local Offers Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate Looking to Buy or Sell a Home?