What happened this day in history December 3

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 337th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 20, 2019 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,575,331,200 seconds 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 ‘trihectatriacontaheptagon’ 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 53 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 2,538 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 3 Historical Events

  • 1799
    War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Wiesloch, Austrian Lieutenant Field Marshal Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly defeats the French at Wiesloch.
  • 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.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
  • 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).
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launches pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • 1979
    In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1999
    Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Who were born on December 3?

  • 1684
    Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian historian and writer (d. 1754)
  • 1857
    Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer (d. 1924)
  • 1931
    Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
  • 1947
    Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess
  • 1949
    Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship)
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Igor Larionov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1963
    Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • 1979
    Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
  • 1985
    Robert Swift, American basketball player

Who died on December 3?

  • 1789
    Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)
  • 1888
    Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
  • 1941
    Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • 1955
    Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Walter Knott, American farmer (b. 1889)
  • 1996
    Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
  • 1999
    Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2004
    Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2010
    Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)

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