August 3, 1904
1904 Atlanta experienced its first recorded automobile fatality. Returning home from Atlanta, prominent Marietta resident Frank Reynolds lost control of his White Steamer on a downhill curve in Fulton County. The car turned over throwing Reynolds, his wife, and two passengers into the road. Reynolds died at the scene of the accident and his wife was critically injured, though the other two passengers escaped serious injury.
August 3, 1910
1910 The General Assembly ratified the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making Georgia the ninth state to approve a national income tax.
August 3, 1913
1913 This was a Sunday and the trial of Leo Frank took a break. Numerous friends and relatives came by the Fulton County jail to visit Frank. Jail officials said Frank was showing little evidence of stress from the trial.
August 3, 1920
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Aug. 3:
1920 Blythe (Richmond and Burke counties)
August 3, 1964
1964 Noted writer Flannery O’Connor died in Milledgeville at age 39 . Born in Savannah in 1925, O’Connor attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, graduating in 1945. In 1947, she graduated with a masters from Iowa State, publishing her first novel the same year. In 1950, O’Connor was stricken with lupus, the same disease that killed her father. For the rest of her brief life, she would battle the disease while continuing to write.
August 3, 1996
1996 This was sixteenth day of the 1996 Summer Olympics -- and day 15 of Olympic competition.
August 3, 1997
1997 Former Atlanta Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.