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
War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Wiesloch, Austrian Lieutenant Field Marshal Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly defeats the French at Wiesloch.
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.
First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
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.
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).
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launches pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
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.
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.
Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Who were born on December 3?
Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian historian and writer (d. 1754)
Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer (d. 1924)
Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess
Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship)
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.
Igor Larionov, Russian ice hockey player
Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
Robert Swift, American basketball player
Who died on December 3?
Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)
Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
Walter Knott, American farmer (b. 1889)
Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
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