On this day: September 3

Published On: Aug 31 2012 03:15:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The American Revolutionary War ends, baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb collects his last hit, the Allies declare war on Germany during World War II, and a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice dies, all on this day.

OTD September 3 - Viking 2
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1976: The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars. The lander would operate on the surface for 1,281 Mars days before being turned off on April 11, 1980, when its batteries failed. Pictured is the first color picture it sent back from the planet.

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