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, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
  • 1967 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky
  • 1984 Bhopal disaster: Union Carbide pesticide plant leak 45 tons 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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Dec 3 in Film & TV

  • 1968 Elvis Presley's Comeback Special airs on NBC, his 1st live performance in seven years, re-launching his singing career

Dec 3 in Music

  • 1908 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England
  • 2019 Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

Dec 3 in Sport

  • 1961 Dutchman Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion

Did You Know?

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

On December 3, 1775

Would You Believe?

NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere

On December 3, 1999

Famous Weddings

  • 1931 Silent film actress Clara Bow (26) weds actor and politician Rex Bell (28) in Las Vegas
  • 1940 French author and future Nobel laureate Albert Camus (27) weds French pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France
  • 1984 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 2014 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (44) and Broadway actress Idina Menzel (43) file for divorce after 11 years of marriage

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