On August 3…

1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail aboard the Santa Maria, accompanied by a crew of 90 and two more ships, the Nina and the Pinta.

1949 – The rival Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1958 – The Nautilus, a U.S. nuclear submarine, accomplished the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole.

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