February 3 is the 34th day of the year. There are 332 days remaining until the end of the year.
February 3 is Four Chaplains Day, in remembrance of their heroism during WWII, in the United States.
- 1637 – Tulip mania collapsed in the Netherlands, and the record high prices for tulips fell.
- 1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in America.
- 1809 – The Illinois Territory was created.
- 1834 – Wake Forest University was established.
- 1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.
- 1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.
- 1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet, began service.
- 1947 – The lowest temperature in North America, -81F, was recorded in Snag, Yukon.
- 1972 – The seven-day blizzard in Iran, which killed 4,000 people making it the deadliest snowstorm in history, began.
- 1985 – History's first embryo transfer from one woman to another and resulting in a live birth was announced by the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
- 1995 – Astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the space shuttle.