3 December

December 3 is the 337th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 28 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 3rd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 3rd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Make A Gift Day
  • Disability Day
  • National Roof Over Your Head Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – December 3

1984: Bhopal Gas Disaster

A gas leak from a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal, India killed over 2000 people and affected thousands of others. It is said to be the world’s worst industrial disaster.

1970: Ayatollah Khomeini takes office

The Iranian religious leader was a leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

1927: First Laurel & Hardy movie released

Putting Pants on Philip, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of a long partnership.

1910: First public demonstration of neon lights

Seen in most urban settings and cities today, the neon light was invented by French inventor and engineer, Georges Claude. They were first displayed at the Paris Motor Show.

1818: Illinois joins the Union

The midwestern state became the 21st state to be part of the United State. 3 U.S. presidents call it their home state.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, December 3

1985: Amanda Seyfried, American actress, singer

1981: David Villa, Spanish footballer

1895: Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalyst

1857: Joseph Conrad, Polish/English author

1826: George B. McClellan, American general, politician, 24th Governor of New Jersey

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, December 3

1939: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

1928: Ezra Meeker, American businessman

1910: Mary Baker Eddy, American writer, founder of Christian Science

1894: Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author, poet

311: Diocletian, Roman Emperor

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