On this day: August 3

POSTED: 02:07 PM PDT Aug 02, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 02, 2016 

Columbus sets sail, the first American intercollegiate sporting event takes place, Jesse Owens shines in Berlin, and a controversial stand-up comic dies, all on this day.

OTD August 3 - air traffic controllers strike
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White House Press Office

1981: U.S. air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, go on strike despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan that he would fire them if they did so. Two days later, Reagan followed through on his promise and fired them.


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