December 3 Events in History - December 3 Birthdays - December 3 Deaths
2014 Somalia and North Korea tie for the most corrupt country in the world according to this year's ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index
2014 Japan launches an explorer that will take samples and collect data from the surface of an asteroid; the six-year trip will include eighteen months of study and data collection
2013 Paleontologist Philip Currie reveals the fully-intact baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur fossil he excavated at Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park; the 72 million-year-old dinosaur is about 1.5 meters long and estimated to have been three years old when it died
2013 A study at New York City's Albert Einstein College of Medicine reveals that a modified version of radioimmunotherapy - the treatment for leukemia - can kill latent HIV cells
2012 Following controversial elections, Ukraine's Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov and his government, resign en masse
2012 Vietnam accuses China of cutting seismic survey cables from territorial waters in the South China, disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei
2011 In anticipation of Budget Day, students protesting against the Irish financial crisis occupy the office of Fine Gael lawmaker Anthony Lawlor
2011 At its conference in Sydney, Australia's Labor Party turns to support gay marriage, laying the groundwork for legislation
2010 The Leaf, one of the first mass market electric cars is launched by Nissan
2006 Hugo Chavez, leftist dictator, is re-elected President of Venezuela
1997 "1776," opens at Gershwin Theater New York City
1997 Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo
1995 "Company" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 68 performances
1995 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 49 performances
1995 84th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Moscow (3-2)
1995 Beth Daniels/Davis Love III wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1995 Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket vs. South Africa, a record
1995 Naeem Akhtar takes 10-28 for Rawalpindi B against Peshawar
1995 Northwestern South Carolina begins using new area code 864
1992 U.N. Security Council votes unanimous for U.S. led forces to enter Somalia
1991 Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become 4th time WWF champion
1991 Muslim Shites release U.S. hostage Alan Steen
1991 White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigns
1990 NL batting champ Willie McGee signs as a free agent with San Francisco Giants
1989 Pat Bradley/Bill Glasson wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1988 54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB)
1988 New York Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48)
1986 Sri Lanka all out 55 vs. WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
1985 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB
1984 2,000 die from Union Carbide poison gas emission in Bhopal, India
1984 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisc
1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff New York City after 16 performances
1983 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1982 1st New Jersey Devil hat-trick (Steve Tambellini) defeat Hartford 5-4
1982 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
1982 77 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in December
1982 New Jersey Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini)
1982 Tommy Hearns wins WBC Welterweight title in decision over Benitez
1981 Beth Daniel/Tom Kite wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1981 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-New Jersey and Murphy, D-NY, guilty
1979 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
1979 Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
1979 Iran accepts constitution
1978 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 48 performances
1978 Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1976 Dr. Patrick J Hillery elected president of Iraq
1975 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
1973 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet)
1972 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
1971 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1971 President Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
1968 Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" and strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
1967 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr. Christian Barnard, South Africa)
1967 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4)
1967 Ex-president Sukarno under house arrest in Indonesia
1967 Final run of "20th Century Limited," famed N.Y. - Chicago luxury train
1966 U.S. performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
1965 Beatles begin final U.K. concert tour in Glasgow
1965 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 8; crashes on Moon
1964 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
1964 KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at Univeristy of California at Berkeley
1962 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st U.S. black female judge
1962 Pravda criticizes western art
1961 Anton Geesink becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion
1961 Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
1961 George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
1961 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 873 performances
1960 Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot," premieres in New York City
1959 State of emergency on Cyprus ends
1958 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
1957 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
1956 England and France pull troops out of Egypt
1956 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft. Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
1956 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)
1955 KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard," premieres
1954 William Walton's opera "Troilus and Cressida," premieres in London
1953 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 583 performances
1953 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Rep party
1953 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet
1952 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
1952 Marcos Perez Jimenez elected president of Venezuela
1950 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)
1950 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast
1950 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts
1949 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (CBS) begins
1948 "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
1948 1st U.S. woman army officer not in medical corps sworn-in
1948 Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial
1948 Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100
1947 Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire," premieres in New York City
1946 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
1946 U.S. government asks United Nations to order dictator Franco out of Spain
1944 British order to disarm, causes general strike in Greece
1944 Hungarian death march of Jews ends
1944 Mussert puts Seyss-Inquart plan for small Nazi-Europe
1944 NFL Cardinals-Pitts merger disolves
1944 U.S. 5th Armour division occupies Brandenburg Hurtgenwald
1943 9th Heisman Trophy Award: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (quarterback)
1943 Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins
1943 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony, premieres
1943 Strike of Monte Cassino, Italy begins
1941 Hitler views Poltava Ukraine
1939 Dmitri Sjostakovitsj's 6th Symphony, premieres
1938 AAU's decides to continue linear measuring system over metric
1934 Italian colonial Tripoli and Cyrenaica annexed to Libya
1934 KYW-AM in Chicago, Illinois moves to Philadelphia Penn
1933 Connie Mack sells Mickey Cochrane to Detroit Tigers for $100,000
1933 Joe Lilliard quarterbacks Chicago Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946
1932 20th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 25-6
1932 General Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany
1931 Alka Seltzer goes on sale
1930 Air-borne chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley Belgium)
1930 Otto Ender forms Austrian government
1930 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Evergreen," premieres in London
1929 Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak
1926 Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr/Red Army work together)
1923 1st Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Washington D.C.)
1922 1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in New York City
1921 9th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
1920 Turkey and Armenia agree to peace treaty
1914 Netherlands army shoots up geinterneerde Belgian soldiers: 8 killed
1912 Gerrit Brinkman becomes 1st Dutch traffic officer
1912 Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria sign weapons pact
1910 Neon lights, 1st publically seen (Paris Auto Show)
1908 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A, premieres
1907 George Cohans musical "Talk of the Town," premieres in New York City
1903 Panglima Polim surrenders to Captain Colijn at Atjeh
1901 Milwaukee is dropped from the AL and replaced by St. Louis Browns
1893 Ndebeles destroy Rhodesia
1883 48th Congress (1883-85) convenes
1881 Henry M Stanley finds Leopoldville/Kinshasa
1878 Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah Israel
1868 Trial of Jefferson Davis starts; 1st blacks on U.S. trial jury
1866 Paid fire department replaces volunteer companies
1864 Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia
1863 Longstreet abandons his siege at Knoxville, TN
1847 Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star"
1844 RC Society Apostole of Prayer forms
1835 1st U.S. mutual fire insurance company issues 1st policy (RI)
1834 1st U.S. dental society organized (NY)
1833 Oberlin College in Oh, 1st truly coeducational college opens
1828 Andrew Jackson elected 7th president of US
1818 Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)
1775 1st official U.S. flag raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred)
1699 Baron Jacob Hop appointed treasurer-general of the Hague
1694 English parliamentary election set for every 3 years
1685 Charles II bars Jews from settling in Stockholm Sweden
1678 Edmund Halley receives MA from Queen's College, Oxford
1676 Battle at Lund: Sweden beats Denen
1639 1st annulment by court decree passes
1621 Galileo invents telescope
1586 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, from Colombia
1557 1st Covenant of Scottish protestants form
1347 Pope Clemens VI declares Roman tribunal Coke di Rienzo as heretics
741 St. Zachary begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Gregory III