What happened on December 3? There are more than 258 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 3

December 3 In HistoryDecember 3 is the 337th day of the year 2021. There are 28 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 48th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Jackson Center, Ohio 45334 sunrise will occur at 07:42 AM and sunset will occur at 05:09 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 60 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For December 3

  • 1799
    War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Wiesloch, Austrian Lieutenant Field Marshal Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly defeats the French at Wiesloch.
  • 1800
    War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeats the Austrian Archduke John near Munich decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.
  • 1818
    Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.
  • 1834
    The Zollverein (German Customs Union) begins the first regular census in Germany.
  • 1854
    Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold miners at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
  • 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”.
  • 1904
    The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California’s Lick Observatory.
  • 1910
    Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
  • 1912
    Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long First Balkan War.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
  • 1917
    After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, including two collapses causing 89 deaths, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic.
  • 1927
    Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released.
  • 1944
    Greek Civil War: Fighting breaks out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
  • 1959
    The current flag of Singapore is adopted, six months after Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire.
  • 1960
    The musical Camelot debuted at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, and would become associated with the Kennedy administration.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 1970
    October Crisis: In Montreal, Quebec, kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross is released by the Front de libération du Québec 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.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launches pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • 1973
    Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
  • 1976
    An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. He is shot twice, but plays a concert two days later.
  • 1979
    In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
  • 1982
    A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
  • 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.
  • 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 Nato and The Soviet Union may be coming to an end.
  • 1990
    At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 7 passengers and 1 crew member aboard flight 1482.
  • 1992
    A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world’s first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague.
  • 1992
    The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spills much of its cargo.
  • 1992
    UN Security Council Resolution 794 is unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia.
  • 1997
    In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign The Ottawa 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.
  • 1999
    NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
  • 1999
    Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 2005
    XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • 2007
    Winter storms cause the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars in damages are blamed on the floods.
  • 2009
    A suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, claims the lives of 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.

Who Were Born On December 3?

  • 1368
    King Charles VI of France (d. 1422)
  • 1560
    Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (d. 1627)
  • 1596
    Nicolò Amati, Italian violin maker (d. 1684)
  • 1684
    Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian historian and writer (d. 1754)
  • 1729
    Antonio Soler, Spanish composer (d. 1783)
  • 1755
    Gilbert Stuart, American painter (d. 1828)
  • 1776
    Johann Spurzheim, German neuroscientist (d. 1832)
  • 1800
    France Prešeren, Slovenian poet (d. 1849)
  • 1826
    George B. McClellan, American Civil War general (d. 1885)
  • 1838
    Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (d. 1916)
  • 1838
    Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist (d. 1912)
  • 1842
    Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (d. 1899)
  • 1842
    Ellen Swallow Richards, American scientist (d. 1911)
  • 1842
    Phoebe Hearst, American socialite (d. 1919)
  • 1857
    Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer (d. 1924)
  • 1864
    Herman Heijermans, Dutch writer (d. 1924)
  • 1875
    Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)
  • 1880
    Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1883
    Anton Webern, Austrian composer (d. 1945)
  • 1884
    Rajendra Prasad, first President of India (d. 1963)
  • 1884
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1965)
  • 1886
    Manne Siegbahn, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1887
    Naruhiko, Prince Higashikuni of Japan (d. 1990)
  • 1888
    Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, Polish-born Chief Rabbi of Ireland and of Israel (d. 1959)
  • 1889
    Khudiram Bose, Indian Revolutionary (d. 1908)
  • 1894
    Deiva Zivarattinam, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1895
    Anna Freud, Austrian-born British psychoanalyst (d. 1982)
  • 1899
    Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1965)
  • 1900
    Richard Kuhn, Austrian-German biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1900
    Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (d. 2004)
  • 1908
    Edward Underdown, English actor (d. 1989)
  • 1911
    Nino Rota, Italian composer (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general (d. 2000)
  • 1921
    Phyllis Curtin, American soprano
  • 1922
    Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Moyra Fraser, British actress (d. 2009)
  • 1923
    Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
  • 1924
    John Winter, Australian high jumper (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Roberto Mières, Argentine racing driver
  • 1924
    Wiel Coerver, Dutch football manager (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Ferlin Husky, American singer (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Kim Dae-jung, South Korean President, Nobel laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    Andy Williams, American singer
  • 1930
    Jean-Luc Godard, French film director
  • 1931
    Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
  • 1931
    Jaye P. Morgan, American singer
  • 1932
    Corry Brokken, Dutch singer
  • 1933
    Paul J. Crutzen, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1934
    Abimael Guzmán, Peruvian revolutionary
  • 1934
    Nicolas Coster, American actor
  • 1934
    Viktor Gorbatko, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1935
    Eddie Bernice Johnson, American politician
  • 1937
    Binod Bihari Verma, Indian linguist
  • 1937
    Bobby Allison, American race car driver
  • 1938
    Jean-Claude Malépart, Canadian politician (d. 1989)
  • 1940
    Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • 1942
    Alice Schwarzer, German journalist
  • 1945
    Paul Nicholas English actor producer
  • 1946
    Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • 1947
    Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess
  • 1948
    Ozzy Osbourne, English singer
  • 1949
    Heather Menzies, American actress
  • 1949
    John Akii-Bua, Ugandan athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1949
    Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1950
    Alberto Juantorena, Won gold in both the 400 and 800 meters at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • 1951
    John and Greg Rice, American twin actors, known as the shortest living twins until November 5, 2005 (at John’s death), at 2 ft. 10 in. tall.
  • 1951
    Mike Bantom, American basketball player
  • 1951
    Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1951
    Ray Candy, American professional wrestler (d. 1994)
  • 1951
    Rick Mears, American race car driver
  • 1951
    Riki Chōshū, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1952
    Benny Hinn, American televangelist
  • 1952
    Mel Smith, English comedian
  • 1953
    Franz Klammer, Austrian skier
  • 1953
    Lothar Schneider, German footballer
  • 1954
    Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • 1955
    Steven Culp, American actor
  • 1955
    Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • 1957
    Valerie Quennessen, French actress (d. 1989)
  • 1959
    Eamonn Holmes, Northern Irish TV presenter
  • 1960
    Daryl Hannah, American actress
  • 1960
    Igor Larionov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Julianne Moore, American actress
  • 1960
    Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Adal Ramones, Mexican television host
  • 1963
    Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • 1963
    Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
  • 1965
    Andrew Stanton, American animator
  • 1965
    Katarina Witt, German figure skater
  • 1965
    Steve Harris, American actor
  • 1966
    Flemming Povlsen, Danish footballer
  • 1966
    Monic Hendrickx, Dutch actress
  • 1968
    Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor
  • 1968
    Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • 1969
    Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • 1970
    Christian Karembeu, French footballer
  • 1970
    Lindsey Hunter, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Lu Parker, American broadcast journalist and former beauty queen
  • 1970
    Paul Byrd, American baseball player
  • 1971
    Frank Sinclair, Jamaican footballer
  • 1971
    Henk Timmer, Dutch football goalkeeper
  • 1971
    Keegan Connor Tracy, Canadian actress
  • 1971
    Ola Rapace, Swedish actor
  • 1971
    Vernon White, American mixed martial artist
  • 1972
    Bucky Lasek, American skateboarder
  • 1973
    Holly Marie Combs, American actress
  • 1973
    MC Frontalot, Damian Hess, American rapper
  • 1973
    Sammy Leung, Hong Kong disc jockey
  • 1973
    Super Crazy, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Jason Morris, Canadian pop singer
  • 1975
    Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép)
  • 1975
    Malinda Williams, American actress
  • 1975
    Mickey Avalon, American rapper
  • 1976
    Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1976
    Cornelius Griffin, American football player
  • 1976
    Gary Glover, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Mark Boucher, South African cricketer
  • 1976
    Silvia Fontana, Italian figure skater
  • 1976
    Todd Smith, American vocalist, songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977
    Adam Małysz, Polish ski-jumper
  • 1977
    Chad Durbin, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Troy Evans, American football player
  • 1978
    Bram Tankink, Dutch road bicycle racer
  • 1978
    Daniel Alexandersson, Swedish footballer
  • 1978
    Jiří Bicek, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Trina, American rapper
  • 1979
    Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
  • 1979
    Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor
  • 1979
    Rock Cartwright, American football player
  • 1979
    Sean Parker, American Internet technology businessman and entrepreneur
  • 1979
    Tiffany Haddish, American dancer, comedian & actress
  • 1980
    Anna Chlumsky, American actress
  • 1980
    Jenna Dewan, American actress
  • 1980
    Jim Sorgi, American football player
  • 1980
    Laryea Kingston, Ghanaian football player
  • 1980
    Zlata Filipović, Bosnian Author
  • 1981
    Brian Bonsall, American actor
  • 1981
    David Villa, Spanish footballer
  • 1981
    Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (d. 2010)
  • 1981
    Ioannis Amanatidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • 1982
    Franco Sbaraglini, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1982
    Jaycee Chan, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • 1982
    Manny Corpas, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1982
    Michael Essien, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1983
    Sherri DuPree, American vocalist
  • 1983
    Stephen Donald, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1984
    Avraam Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1984
    Hind Laroussi, Dutch singer
  • 1985
    Amanda Seyfried, American actress
  • 1985
    László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1985
    Marcus Williams, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Mike Randolph, American footballer
  • 1985
    Robert Swift, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Sıla Şahin, German actress
  • 1986
    Radek Smoleňák, Czech hockey player
  • 1987
    Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast
  • 1987
    Brian Robiskie, American football player
  • 1987
    Michael Angarano, American actor
  • 1992
    Joseph McManners, English actor
  • 1994
    Jake T. Austin, American actor
  • 2005
    Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway

Who Died On December 3?

  • 311
    Diocletian, Roman emperor (b. 244)
  • 1154
    Pope Anastasius IV
  • 1265
    Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1533
    Vasili III, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1479)
  • 1552
    Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary to the East (b. 1506)
  • 1610
    Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general (b. 1548)
  • 1706
    Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer (b. 1637)
  • 1765
    Lord John Sackville, British cricketer (b. 1713)
  • 1789
    Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)
  • 1815
    John Carroll (priest), first Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S. (b. 1735)
  • 1845
    Gregor MacGregor, Scottish con-man (b. 1786)
  • 1882
    Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • 1888
    Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
  • 1890
    Billy Midwinter, Australian cricketer (b. 1851)
  • 1892
    Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (b. 1820)
  • 1894
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer (b. 1850)
  • 1902
    Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • 1910
    Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist (b. 1821)
  • 1912
    Prudente José de Morais Barros, President of Brazil (b. 1841)
  • 1919
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French impressionist painter (b. 1841)
  • 1928
    Ezra Meeker, American pioneer and businessman (b. 1830)
  • 1934
    Charles James O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. 1849)
  • 1935
    Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1868)
  • 1939
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1848)
  • 1941
    Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • 1949
    Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress (b. 1876)
  • 1955
    Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • 1967
    Harry Wismer, American original owner of the New York Jets (b. 1913)
  • 1969
    Mathias Wieman, German actor (b. 1902)
  • 1972
    Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • 1973
    Bea Miles, Australian eccentric and writer (b. 1902)
  • 1973
    Emile Christian, American musician (b. 1895)
  • 1979
    Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (b. 1905)
  • 1980
    Oswald Mosley, British Fascist (b. 1896)
  • 1981
    Walter Knott, American farmer (b. 1889)
  • 1984
    Vladimir Rokhlin, Soviet mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1989
    Fernando Martin Espina, Spanish basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 1993
    Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (b. 1913)
  • 1994
    Elizabeth Glaser, AIDS activist (b. 1947)
  • 1994
    Michael Dacher, German mountaineer (b. 1933)
  • 1995
    Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 1995
    Jimmy Jewel, English actor (b. 1909)
  • 1996
    Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
  • 1998
    Pierre Hétu, Quebec conductor and pianist (b. 1936)
  • 1999
    Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 1999
    Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000
    Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)
  • 2003
    David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • 2004
    Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Teo Peter, Romanian rock musician and bass player for Compact (b. 1954)
  • 2005
    Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • 2007
    James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008
    Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • 2009
    Richard Todd, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2011
    Dev Anand, Indian actor (b. 1923)

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