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“3 December: What Happened On This Day In History?”


3 December: In a year, the 3rd of December is the 337th day as per the Gregorian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 338th day of the year.

What special day is today?

This day has witnessed numerous important happenings throughout the world across different verticals like science, politics, economy, exploration, discoveries, sports, etc.

This day is special in history in all aspects.

Let’s explore people, places, and events for this day. Let’s see, what happened today.

3 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 3 December

Art & Artists

  • 1960 Beginning of the musical Camelot at the Majestic Theatre (Broadway, New York City, U.S.).
  • 2000 Demise of Gwendolyn Brooks at Chicago, a great poet who has penned the struggles faced by and winning moments of African Americans.

Science & Technology

  • 1967 The first human heart transplant in the world was performed by Christiaan Barnard of South Africa, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
  • 1992 The first text message in the world was sent by a test engineer from Sema Group. He transmitted the text message to his colleague’s phone using a personal computer via the Vodafone network.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1971 India was attacked by Pakistan in a pre-emptive strike that led to the commencement of the Indo-Pakistani War, in 1971.
  • 1979  Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian revolutionary leader became the first Supreme Leader of Iran.

People & Society

  • 1552 Demise of St. Francis Xavier, one of the foremost modern-time Roman Catholic missionaries died of fever off the Chinese coast.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1984 A leak of poisonous gas (methyl isocyanate) from a Bhopal (India) based pesticide plant “Union Carbide” led to one of the biggest industrial disaster. At least 3,800 died immediately, 6,000 later, and between 150,000–600,000 were injured in this incident.
  • 2012 Typhoon Bopha (nicknamed “Pablo”) made landfall in Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines shattered the region and killed around 1,067.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1973 NASA received the first close-up pictures of Jupiter through Pioneer 10 the first spacecraft to traverse the asteroid belt.
  • 2014 Launch of the space explorer Hayabusa2 to an asteroid by JAXA, the Japanese space agency.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1986 Sri Lanka was dismissed for a meager 55 when they were given a chasing target of 248/5 by the West Indies. This happened in a Champions Trophy cricket match in which Courtney Walsh took a five-wicket haul for one run in just 4.3 overs.

Birth Anniversaries (3 December)

  • 1755 Gilbert Stuart (American painter)
  • 1857 Joseph Conrad (English writer)
  • 1884 Rajendra Prasad (President of India)
  • 1905 Les Ames (English cricketer)
  • 1960 Julianne Moore (American actress)

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Death Anniversaries (3 December)

  • 311 Diocletian (Roman Emperor)
  • 1894 Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish author, and poet)
  • 1979 Dhyan Chand (Hockey player, India)
  • 1998 Pierre Hétu (Pianist and conductor, Canada)
  • 2015 Eevi Huttunen (Finnish speed skater)

What Special Day is Today: (3 December)

  • International Day of Persons with Disability
  • Doctors’ Day (Cuba)


The fact-filled story of the day (03 December) covers many rare events that happened in different arenas such as science, exploration, politics, economy, sports, etc.

Several important socio-political decisions were taken on this day in history.

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