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1950Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

1941Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

1967Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

1978Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1991Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become 4th time WWF champion

1926Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

1863longstreet abandons his siege at Knoxville, TN

1847Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star"

1933Connie Mack sells Mickey Cochrane to Det Tigers for $100,000

1736Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere

1989Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over

1828Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President

18681st blacks on US trial jury appointed for Jefferson Davis trial

19857th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

1947Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in NYC

1956Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

1981Beth Daniel/Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1948Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial

December 3rd Historical Events
Date Event
741
St Zachary begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Gregory III 
1347
Pope Clemens VI declares Roman tribunal Coke di Rienzo as heretics 
1557
1st Covenant of Scottish protestants form 
1586
Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia 
1639
1st annulment by court decree passes 
1676
Battle of Lund (Scanian War): Swedish army of 8,000 defeats much larger joint Danish/Dutch force of 13,000 
1678
Edmund Halley receives MA from The Queen's College, Oxford 
1685
Charles II bars Jews from settling in Stockholm Sweden 
1694
English parliamentary election set for every 3 years 
1699
Baron Jacob Hop appointed treasurer-general of the Hague 
1736
Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere 
1775
1st official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred 
1818
Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day) 
1828
Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President 
1833
Oberlin College in Oh, 1st truly coeducational college opens 
1834
1st US dental society organized (NY) 
1835
1st US mutual fire insurance company issues 1st policy (RI) 
1844
RC Society Apostole of Prayer forms 
1847
Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star" 
1854
Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences. 
1863
longstreet abandons his siege at Knoxville, TN 
1864
Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia 
1866
Paid fire dept replaces volunteer companies 
1868
1st blacks on US trial jury appointed for Jefferson Davis trial 
1878
Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel 
1881
Henry Morton Stanley founds Leopoldville/Kinshasa 
1883
48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes 
1901
Milwaukee is dropped from the AL & replaced by St Louis Browns 
1903
Panglima Polim surrenders to Capt Colijn at Atjeh 
1907
George Cohans musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC 
1908
Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres 
1910
Neon lights first publicly displayed (Paris Auto Show) 
1912
Gerrit Brinkman becomes 1st Dutch traffic officer 
1912
Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact 
1912
First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place. 
1914
Dutch army opens fire on interned Belgian soldiers: 8 killed 
1915
General Joseph Joffre becomes Commander-in-Chief of the French Armies 
1917
After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic. 
1920
Turkey & Armenia agree to peace treaty 
1921
9th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0 
1922
1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC 
1923
1st Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Wash DC) 
1926
Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr/Red Army work together) 
1926
Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days 
1929
Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak 
1930
Airborn chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley, Belgium) 
1930
Otto Ender forms Austrian government 
1930
Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London 
1931
Alka Seltzer goes on sale 
1932
20th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 25-6 
1932
Gen Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany 
1933
Connie Mack sells Mickey Cochrane to Det Tigers for $100,000 
1933
Joe Lilliard QBs Chic Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946 
1934
Italian colonial Tripoli & Cyrenaica annexed to Libya 
1934
KYW-AM in Chicago Ill moves to Phila Penn 
1938
AAUs decides to continue linear measuring system over metric 
1939
Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres 
1941
Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine 
1943
9th Heisman Trophy Award: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (QB) 
1943
Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins 
1943
Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres 
1944
British order to disarm causes general strike in Greece 
1944
Hungarian death march of Jews ends 
1944
Mussert puts Seyss-Inquart plan for small Nazi-Europe 
1944
NFL Cardinals-Pitts merger disolves 
1944
US 5th Armoured division occupies Brandenburg Hurtgenwald 
1944
The Greek Civil War breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between communists and royalists. 
1944
Britain's Home Guard ('Dad's Army') is officially stood down at a special farewell parade in Hyde Park, London. 
1946
12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB) 
1946
US government asks UN to order dictator Franco out of Spain 
1947
Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in NYC 
1948
"Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss) 
1948
1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in 
1948
Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial 
1948
Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea killing 1,100 
1949
KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins 
1950
Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Phila 13-7) 
1950
Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast 
1950
Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts 
1952
1st TV broadcast in Hawaii 
1952
Marcos Perez Jiménez elected president of Venezuela 
1953
"Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances 
1953
Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party 
1953
Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet 
1954
Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres 
1954
William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London 
1955
KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1956
Bitain and France pull troops out of Egypt 
1956
KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1956
Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52) 
1957
23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB) 
1958
Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses 
1959
State of emergency on Cyprus ends 
1960
"Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances 
1960
Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot" premieres in NYC 
1961
Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion 
1961
Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein 
1961
George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal 
1961
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1962
Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge 
1962
Pravda criticizes western art 
1964
KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1964
Police arrests 800 sit-in students at U of Cal at Berkeley 
1965
Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow 
1965
USSR launches Luna 8; crashes on Moon 
1966
US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg Miss 
1967
1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa) 
1967
Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4) 
1967
Ex-president Sukarno under house arrest in Indonesia 
1967
Final run of "20th Century Limited" famed NY-Chicago luxury train 
1967
Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica 
1968
NBC Elvis comeback special airs 
1968
Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" & strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters 
1969
John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1971
Miss Teenage America Pageant 
1971
US President Richard Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term 
1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: India invades West Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives. 
1972
Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die 
1973
Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet) [Dec 4-GMT] 
1975
Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed 
1976
Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland 
1978
"King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances 
1978
Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1979
11 trampled to death at Cincinnati Who concert 
1979
45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern Cal (RB) 
1979
Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400 
1979
Iran accepts constitution 
1979
Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area. 
1980
NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-NJ & Murphy, D-NY, guilty 
1981
Beth Daniel/Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1981
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1982
1st NJ Devil hat-trick (Steve Tambellini) defeat Hartford 5-4 
1982
35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record) 
1982
77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio 
1982
NJ Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini) 
1982
Tommy Hearns wins WBC Welterweight title in decision over Benitez 
1983
"Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 perfs 
1983
49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB) 
1983
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1984
2,000 die from Union Carbide poison gas emission in Bhopal, India 
1985
23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB 
1985
7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre" 
1986
Sri Lanka all out 55 v WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs 
1988
54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB) 
1988
NY Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48) 
1989
Pat Bradley/Bill Glasson win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1989
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over 
1990
NL batting champ Willie McGee signs as a free agent with SF Giants 
1991
Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become 4th time WWF champion 
1991
Muslim Shiites release US hostage Alan Steen 
1991
White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigns 
1992
UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia 
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. 
1995
"Company" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances 
1995
"Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances 
1995
84th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Moscow (3-2) 
1995
Beth Daniels/Davis Love III wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1995
Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket v South Africa, a record 
1995
Naeem Akhtar takes 10-28 for Rawalpindi B against Peshawar 
1995
Northwestern South Carolina begins using new area code 864 
1997
"1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC 
1997
Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo 
1999
NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere. 
2005
XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California. 
2006
95th Davis Cup: Russia beats Argentina in Moscow (3-2) 
2007
Devastating winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damaged are blamed on the floods. 
2015
Swiss police arrest FIFA officials suspected of taking millions in bribes 
2016
Trump Speaks With Taiwan's Leader, an Affront to China 
2016
Trump supporters file suit to stop Wisconsin recount 
2016
Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call 
2016
Nico Rosberg quits F1 after becoming world champion 
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