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    What happened on December 3 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    December 3, 1468Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeed their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
    December 3, 1762France cedes to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi–the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
    December 3, 1818Illinois admitted into the Union as the 21st state.
    December 3, 1800The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
    December 3, 1847Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, and anti-slavery paper.
    December 3, 1862Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
    December 3, 1863Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marks the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
    December 3, 1864Major General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with slight resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
    December 3, 1906The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
    December 3, 1915The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.
    December 3, 1916French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle is the new French commander in chief.
    December 3, 1918The Allied Conference ends in London where they decide that Germany must pay for the war.
    December 3, 1925The League of Nations orders Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
    December 3, 1926British reports claim that German soldiers are being trained in the Soviet Union.
    December 3, 1950The Chinese close in on Pyongyang, Korea, and UN forces withdraw southward.
    December 3, 1965The National Council of Churches asks the United States to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
    December 3, 1977The State Department proposes the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
    December 3, 1979Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    December 3, 1984Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
    December 3, 1989Presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.
    December 3, 1992A test engineer for Sema Group sends the world’s first text message, using a personal computer and the Vodafone network.
    December 3, 1997Representatives of 121 nations sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the manufacture or deployment of antipersonnel landmines; the People’s Republic of China, the US and the USSR do not sign.
    December 3, 2005First manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail takes place in Mojave, Cal.
    December 3, 2009Suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three ministries of the Transitional Federal Government.
    Born on December 3
    December 3, 1755Gilbert Stewart, portrait painter.
    December 3, 1826George B. McClellan, Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Antietam and ran against Abraham Lincoln for president.
    December 3, 1833Carlos Juan Finlay, Cuban epidemiologist.
    December 3, 1857Joseph Conrad, Polish-born novelist (Heart of Darkness, Nostromo).
    December 3, 1922Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer.
    December 3, 1925Jean-Luc Godard, French film director (Breathless).
    December 3, 1933Paul Crutzen, Dutch chemist.
    December 3, 1934Abimael Guzman (Presidente Gonzalo), leader of the Shining Path Maoist guerrilla insurgency in Peru.
    December 3, 1937Morgan Llywelyn, American-born Irish author noted for historical fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as historical nonfiction (1921, the War for Independence); received Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year award (1999).
    December 3, 1948Ozzy Osbourne, singer, songwriter, actor; member of the influential rock band Black Sabbath; an MTV reality show, The Osbournes, followed the lives of the singer and his family (2002-05).
    December 3, 1951Rick Mears, race car driver; three-time Indycar national champion (1979, 1981, 1982).
    December 3, 1960Daryl Hannah, actress (Blade Runner, Steel Magnolias).
    December 3, 1963Terri Schiavo, who became the focus of a 15-year legal struggle over the question of artificially prolonging the life of a patient, Schiavo, whom doctors had diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state.
    December 3, 1973Holly Marie Combs, actress, TV producer (Charmed; Pretty Little Liars TV series).
    December 3, 2005Prince Sverre Magnus, third in line of succession to the Norwegian throne.