What Happened on December 3

Historical Events

  • 1586 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • 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.
  • 1967 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa)
  • 1984 Union Carbide pesticide plant leak of methyl isocyanate and other toxic compounds in Bhopal, India, kills 2,259 (official figure) - other estimates as high as 16,000 (including later deaths) and over half a million injured
  • 1989 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over
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Did You Know?

First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred

On December 3, 1775

Famous Weddings

  • 1931 Silent film actress Clara Bow (26) weds actor and politician Rex Bell (28) in Las Vegas
  • 1940 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France
  • 1984 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisc
  • 1993 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) weds Charisse Simon (26)
  • 2005 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
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