June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining.
- 1098 - Crusaders take Antioch, Turkey
- 1608 - Samuel de Champlain completes his third voyage to New France at Tadoussac[?] Quebec Canada.
- 1620 - Building of oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges[?], begins at Quebec City, Quebec Canada.
- 1621 - The Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherlands
- 1658 - The Pope appoints François de Laval[?] vicar apostolic[?] in New France.
- 1770 - Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is founded in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- 1800 - President John Adams takes up residence in Washington, DC (in a tavern -- the White House was not yet completed)
- 1866 - Fenians are driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario into the United States to a heroes' welcome.
- 1885 - Last military engagement fought on Canadian soil: Cree leader Big Bear[?] escapes the North West Mounted Police.
- 1888 - The poem Casey at the Bat[?], by Ernest Lawrence Thayer[?], is published in the San Francisco Examiner
- 1889 - The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast
- 1916 - The ROTC is established by the United States Congress
- 1935 - 1,000 unemployed men board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
- 1937 - The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson
- 1940 - World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris
- 1960 - In Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court rules that all accused persons must be given the right to an attorney
- 1989 - The government of China sends troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation
- 1998 - Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails, causing 101 deaths.
- 1726 - James Hutton, geologist (+ 1797)
- 1808 - Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (+ 1889)
- 1844 - Detlev von Liliencron[?], poet (+ 1909)
- 1864 - Ransom E. Olds[?], automobile pioneer
- 1865 - King George V of the United Kingdom (+ 1936)
- 1877 - Raoul Dufy[?], painter (+ 1953)
- 1878 - Barney Oldfield[?], auto racer (+ 1946)
- 1901 - Maurice Evans[?], actor (+ 1989)
- 1906 - Josephine Baker, dancer, singer and actress (+ 1975)
- 1911 - Paulette Goddard[?], actress (+ 1990)
- 1918 - Lili St. Cyr[?], ecdysiast (+1999)
- 1922 - Alain Resnais, director
- 1924 - Günther Rühle[?], journalist, theater director
- 1924 - Colleen Dewhurst[?], actress (+ 1991)
- 1925 - Tony Curtis, actor
- 1925 - Gerhard Zwerenz[?], writer
- 1926 - Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet (+ 1997)
- 1926 - Boots Randolph[?], musician
- 1929 - Chuck Barris, game show host, producer, purported spy
- 1930 - Marion Zimmer Bradley, science fiction author (+ 1999)
- 1936 - Larry McMurtry[?], author
- 1942 - Curtis Mayfield, songwriter, musician (+ 1999)
- 1943 - Billy Cunningham[?], basketball star, executive
- 1946 - Ian Hunter, musician ("Mott the Hoople")
- 1950 - Suzi Quatro, musician, actress
- 1861 - Stephen A. Douglas, politician
- 1875 - Georges Bizet, composer
- 1894 - Karl Eduard Zachariae Expert on Byzantine Law
- 1899 - Johann Strauss II, composer
- 1963 - Pope John XXIII
- 1975 - Ozzie Nelson[?], band leader, producer, director, actor
- 1987 - Andrés Segovia, musician
- 1989 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini[?], Shi'ite Islamic leader
- 1992 - Robert Morley[?], actor
- 2001 - Anthony Quinn, actor
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