What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 20, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 446,376 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 71 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 2,904 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.
  • 1910
    Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.

Who were born on December 3?

  • 1949
    John Akii-Bua, Ugandan athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1951
    Mike Bantom, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • 1970
    Christian Karembeu, French footballer
  • 1981
    Tyjuan Hagler, American football player

Who died on December 3?

  • 1154
    Pope Anastasius IV
  • 1610
    Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general (b. 1548)
  • 1815
    John Carroll (priest), first Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S. (b. 1735)
  • 1939
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1848)
  • 2010
    Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)

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