On This Day

What Happened on December 3, 1999

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere
  • Ottawa Senators' right wing Kevin Dineen becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 300 career goals and record 2,000 penalty minutes; picks up a misconduct penalty in 7-4 loss to NJ Devils
  • Worcester cold storage and warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts claims lives of 6 firefighters

Famous Deaths

  • Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)