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, 1,606,953,600 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 ‘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
Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.
The Zollverein (German Customs Union) begins the first regular census in Germany.
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”.
Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long First Balkan War.
First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. He is shot twice, but plays a concert two days later.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
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.
Who were born on December 3?
Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian historian and writer (d. 1754)
Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
Ozzy Osbourne, English singer
Rick Mears, American race car driver
Grace Andreacchi, American author
Adal Ramones, Mexican television host
Flemming Povlsen, Danish footballer
Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor
Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
Who died on December 3?
Vasili III, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1479)
Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary to the East (b. 1506)
Billy Midwinter, Australian cricketer (b. 1851)
Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
Ezra Meeker, American pioneer and businessman (b. 1830)
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1848)
Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (b. 1905)
Jimmy Jewel, English actor (b. 1909)
Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
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