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    What happened on December 3

    • December 3, 1586 "Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, from Colombia"

    • December 3, 1621 Galileo perfects the telescope

    • December 3, 1678 "Edmund Halley receives MA from Queen's College, Oxford"

    • December 3, 1685 Charles II bars Jews from settling in Stockholm Sweden

    • December 3, 1775 First official US flag raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred)

    • December 3, 1800 "Battle of Hohenlinden, which was an Austrian Defeat"

    • December 3, 1818 Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.

    • December 3, 1818 Illinois Enters the Union as the 21st state of the USA

    • December 3, 1828 Andrew Jackson elected 7th president of US

    • December 3, 1828 "In the U.S. Presidential election of 1828, challenger Andrew Jackson beats incumbent John Quincy Adams and is elected President of the United States."

    • December 3, 1833 "Oberlin College in OH, first truly coeducational college opens"

    • December 3, 1834 First US dental society organized (New York)

    • December 3, 1835 First US mutual fire insurance company issues first policy (RI)

    • December 3, 1847 "Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "" North Star"""

    • December 3, 1854 "Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences."

    • December 3, 1855 "The Great Western Railway ""branch"" between Hamilton and Toronto is opened to traffic."

    • December 3, 1866 Paid fire department replaces volunteer companies

    • December 3, 1868 Trial of Jefferson Davis starts; first blacks on US trial jury

    • December 3, 1883 48th Congress (1883-85) convenes

    • December 3, 1883 "The first coed higher education institution in the U.S., Oberlin College, begins classes in Ohio."

    • December 3, 1901 "US President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking the Congress to curb the power of trusts ""within reasonable limits""."

    • December 3, 1904 The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California's Lick Observatory.

    • December 3, 1912 "Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long First Balkan War."

    • December 3, 1917 "After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic."

    • December 3, 1917 "Prv. Henry James Nicholas, 1st Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, won the Victoria Cross at Polderhoek, Belgium"

    • December 3, 1920 Turkey & Armenia agree to peace treaty

    • December 3, 1922 "The Toll of the Sea becomes the first successful Technicolor motion picture, screened at the Rialto Theatre in New York City."

    • December 3, 1925 George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F is premiered at Carnegie Hall.

    • December 3, 1930 Air-borne chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley Belgium)

    • December 3, 1936 New York City radio station WQXR is officially founded.

    • December 3, 1937 "The Dandy, the UK's longest-running comic, is first published."

    • December 3, 1938 AAU's decides to continue linear measuring system over metric

    • December 3, 1944 Civil War starts in Athens Greece

    • December 3, 1944 "The Greek Civil War breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between communists and royalists."

    • December 3, 1947 Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire makes its Broadway debut.

    • December 3, 1947 Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway.

    • December 3, 1948 """Pumpkin Papers"" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)"

    • December 3, 1948 "Chinese refugee ship ""Kiangya"" explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100"

    • December 3, 1948 First US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn-in

    • December 3, 1952 First TV broadcast in Hawaii

    • December 3, 1956 Wilt Chamberlain's first collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

    • December 3, 1960 """Camelot"" opens at the Majestic Theater on Broadway"

    • December 3, 1964 "Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property."

    • December 3, 1964 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster

    • December 3, 1964 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley

    • December 3, 1965 USSR launches Luna 8; crashes on Moon

    • December 3, 1967 "At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky)."

    • December 3, 1967 "Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the world's first successful heart transplant at Cape Town, South Africa. The recipient of the new heart, Louis Washkansky, survived 18 days."

    • December 3, 1967 "Final run of ""20th Century Limited,"" famed New York-Chicago luxury train"

    • December 3, 1967 "The luxury train 20th Century Limited completes its last run from New York City to Chicago (the train was inaugurated on June 15, 1902)."

    • December 3, 1969 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar

    • December 3, 1970 "October Crisis: In Montreal, Quebec, kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross is released by the Front de Libration du Qubec terrorist group after being held hostage for 60 days. Police negotiate his release and in return the Canadian government grants five terrorists from the FLQ's Chenier Cell their request for safe passage to Cuba."

    • December 3, 1971 Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: India invades East Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.

    • December 3, 1972 "Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die"

    • December 3, 1973 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet)

    • December 3, 1973 Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.

    • December 3, 1975 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed

    • December 3, 1976 Patrick Hillery becomes the sixth President of Ireland.

    • December 3, 1977 Number one hit on UK music charts - Wings - Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School

    • December 3, 1978 "The Southern Crescent passenger train derails at Shipman, Virginia, killing six, injuring 60."

    • December 3, 1979 "Christie's auctions a thimble for a record $18,400"

    • December 3, 1979 Eleven people are killed when fans stampede during a concert by The Who at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum.

    • December 3, 1979 "In Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans are killed during a stampede for seats before a Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum."

    • December 3, 1979 Shadow Traffic begins broadcasts in the New York City metropolitan area.

    • December 3, 1982 "A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin."

    • December 3, 1984 "Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000-600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history."

    • December 3, 1984 "Thousands die and over 200,000 are injured from a gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India (the world's worst industrial accident). occurred when gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India."

    • December 3, 1985 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

    • December 3, 1988 Barry Sanders wins the Heisman Trophy

    • December 3, 1989 "Cold War: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the cold war between their nations may be coming to an end (some commentators from both nations exaggerated the wording and independently declared the Cold War over)."

    • December 3, 1989 George Bush & Mikhail Gorbachev end summit in Malta

    • December 3, 1990 "At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crew members aboard flight 1482."

    • December 3, 1991 Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become 4th time WWF champion

    • December 3, 1991 White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigns

    • December 3, 1992 "The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Corua, Spain, and spills much of its cargo."

    • December 3, 1992 "UN Security Council Resolution 794 is unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, tasked with establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia."

    • December 3, 1994 "AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser, infected with HIV from a blood transfusion, dies in Santa Monica, CA, at age 47."

    • December 3, 1997 "In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however."

    • December 3, 1999 "A fire destroyed the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse, and precarious conditions killed several firefighters"

    • December 3, 1999 NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.

    • December 3, 2005 "XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California."

    • December 3, 2006 St. Scholastica's College Manila in the Philippines celebrates its 100th year.

    • December 3, 2009 "A further five people are sentenced to death over their involvement in the July riots in �r�mqi, Xinjiang, in northwestern China."

    • December 3, 2009 "Indian activists mark the 25th anniversary of the industrial disaster that took place in Bhopal which led to 3,787 deaths."

    • December 3, 2009 Nathan Rees is replaced as leader of the New South Wales Australian Labor Party and Premier of New South Wales by Kristina Keneally.

    • December 3, 2009 Nigerian farmers sue Shell at a court in The Hague over claims that the oil firm polluted their land in the Niger Delta region.

    • December 3, 2009 "The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits in United States commercial banks, is running a deficit of $US8.2 billion."

    • December 3, 2009 The Royal Netherlands Navy seizes 13 Somali pirates and frees two Tanzanians from a vessel that attacked a German ship off the southern cost of Oman.

    • December 3, 2009 Three Iranian pilgrims are killed after their bus exploded at a petrol station in the Syrian capital Damascus.

    • December 3, 2009 Three Somali cabinet ministers are amongst dozens killed in a bomb blast at a university graduation ceremony at a hotel in Mogadishu.







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