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What are the important events that happened on December 3? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 3: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 3 is the 338th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 20, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,312 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatriacontaoctagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 56 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,443 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 3 Historical Events

  • 1834
    The Zollverein (German Customs Union) begins the first regular census in Germany.
  • 1944
    Greek Civil War: Fighting breaks out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 3?

  • 1842
    Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (d. 1899)
  • 1884
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1965)
  • 1946
    Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • 1980
    Zlata Filipović, Bosnian Author
  • 1984
    Avraam Papadopoulos, Greek footballer

Who died on December 3?

  • 1533
    Vasili III, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1479)
  • 1996
    Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
  • 1999
    Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 1999
    Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000
    Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (b. 1917)

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