December 3 National Day Calendar with a complete list of National Days in December and on the day December 3rd.
- APPLE PIE DAY
- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS
- TELESCOPE DAY
- DAY OF NO PESTICIDES
- JAZZ DAY
- NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY
- DVD/ BLU0RAY RELEASE: “ARGO”, BEN AFLECK TRAILER
- DVD/ BLU0RAY RELEASE: “THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES***”, LILY COLLINS
- DVD/ BLU0RAY RELEASE: “SMURFS 2***”, ANIMATED
- DVD/ BLU0RAY RELEASE: “THE WOLVERINE”, HUGH JACKMAN
- 1170, after six years of exile in FRANCE, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY THOMAS à BECKET returned to ENGLAND. He would be killed by agents of KING HENRY II on DECEMBER 29TH.
- 1586, SIR THOMAS HARRIOT introduced ENGLAND to potatoes which he had brought from SOUTH AMERICA.
- 1678, in ENGLAND, astronomer EDMUND HALLEY received his MASTERS from QUEENS COLLEGE at OXFORD.
- 1694, the ENGLISH PARLIAMENT established every third year as an election year.
- 1714, JOHN FLAMSTEAD discovered the planet URANUS.
- 1800, during the FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS, the FRENCH defeated the AUSTRIANS and BAVARIANS at the “BATTLE OF HOEHENLINDEN” near MUNICH.
- 1805, the LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION mapped its explorations from the MISSOURI RIVER to the COLUMBIA RIVER on a pine tree.
- 1818, ILLINOIS became the 21st state of the UNION.
- 1828, DEMOCRAT ANDREW JACKSON defeated NATIONAL REPUBLICAN JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, the incumbent, to become the president of the UNITED STATES.
- 1847, FREDERICK DOUGLASS first published his newspaper, the “NORTH STAR”.
- 1894, author ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON died at 45.BREWERS BECAME BROWNS
1901, in the AMERICAN LEAGUE, the MILWAUKEE BREWERS became the ST. LOUIS BROWNS.
- 1907, GEORGE M. COHAN’S musical, “THE TALK OF NEW YORK”, opened at the KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE in NEW YORK for a run of 173 performances.
- 1910, MARY BAKER EDDY, founder of CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, died at 89.
- 1912, BULGARIA, GREECE, MONTENEGRO, SERBIA, and TURKEY signed an agreement ending the FIRST BALKAN WAR..
- 1919, painter-and-sculptor PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR died at 78.
- 1920, TURKEY and ARMENIA signed a peace agreement.
- 1921, in CANADIAN football, the TORONTO ARGONAUTS beat the EDMONTON ESKIMOS, 23-0, to win the CFL GREY CUP.
- 1923, in WASHINGTON, DC, an opening session of CONGRESS was first heard on radio.
- 1925, GEORGE GERSHWIN at the piano introduced his “CONCERTO IN F” at NEW YORK’S CARNEGIE HALL.
- 1930, during a four-day period, airborne chemicals, mixed with fog, killed 60 people in BELGIUM’S MEUSE VALLEY. The same day, the RODGERS-and-HART musical, “EVER GREEN”, opened at the ADELPHI THEATRE in LONDON for a run of 254 performances.ALKA-SELTZER®
- 1931, MILES LABORATORIES first marketed its effervescent ALKA-SELTZER®.
- 1932, in CANADA, the HAMILTON TIGERS beat the REGINA ROUGHRIDERS, 25-6, to win the 20TH CFL GREY CUP. The same day, GENERAL KURT VON SCHLEICHER became chancellor of GERMANY.
- 1933, CONNIE MACK’S PHILADELPHIA A’S traded MICKEY COCHRANE to the DETROIT TIGERS for $100,000.
- 1934, the ITALIANS annexed TRIPOLI and CYRENAICA to LIBYA.
- 1943, NOTRE DAME quarterback ANGELO BETELLI won the HEISMAN TROPHY.
DAVIS WON HEISMAN
- 1946, ARMY- halfback GLENN DAVIS won the HEISMAN TROPHY. The same day, 20TH CENTURY FOX released the JOHN FORD film, “MY DARLING CLEMENTINE”, starring HENRY FONDA, LINDA DARNELL, VICTOR MATURE, CATHY DOWNS, WALTER BRENNAN, TIM HOLT, WARD BOND, ALAN MOWBRAY, JOHN IRELAND, and JANE DARWELL.
- 1947, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ play, “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE”, starring MARLON BRANDO, KIM HUNTER, JESSICA TANDY, and KARL MALDEN, opened at the ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE in NEW YORK for a run of 855 performances.
- 1948, in the EAST CHINA SEA south of SHANGHAI, an explosion aboard the CHINESE refugee-ship “KIANGYA” killed over 2,700 people.
- 1950, defeating the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 13-7, the CLEVELAND BROWNS employed no forward passes — the last time that happened in the NFL. The same day, PAUL HARVEY’S daily-news program began on ABC.
- 1952, in LONDON, due to coal heating and the resulting smoke, the city’s infamous fog created sulfuric-acid fumes. Many LONDONERS donned gas masks during the five-day event.
LONDON KILLER SMOG
- 1953, the musical “KISMET”, starring ALFRED DRAKE and RICHARD KILEY, opened at the ZIEFIELD THEATRE in NEW YORK for a run of 583 performances.
- Also in 1953, BARBARA GRAHAM became the first woman to die in CALIFORNIA’S death chamber; and PRESIDENT EISENHOWER criticized JOE MCCARTHY for the SENATOR’S claim that there were COMMUNISTS in the REPUBLICAN PARTY.
BARBARA GRAHAM EXECUTION
- 1956, ENGLAND and FRANCE began withdrawing their armies from EGYPT.
- 1957, TEXAS A&M halfback JOHN DAVID CROW won the HEISMAN TROPHY. The same day, newspaper-publisher FRANK GANNETT died at 81.
- 1960, LERNER and LOWE’S musical, “CAMELOT”, starring RICHARD BURTON (TITLE SONG), JULIE ANDREWS, ROBERT GOULET, and RODDY MCDOWALL, opened at the MAJESTIC THEATRE in NEW YORK for a run of 873 performances.
- 1961, the HOUSTON OILERS’ GEORGE BLANDA kicked a 55-yard field goal.
- 1964, the animated-film “RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER” debuted on television. The same day at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY, police arrested more that 750 sit-in students.
SOVIETS LAUNCHED “LUNA EIGHT”
- 1965, the SOVIETS launched their unmanned moon-mission “LUNA EIGHT”, which crash landed on the lunar surface in the SEA OF STORMS.
- Also in 1965, in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, the BEATLES began their final concert tour in the UNITED KINGDOM.“20TH CENTURY LIMITED”
ENDED ITS LAST RUN
- 1967, the luxury-train “20TH CENTURY LIMITED” concluded its last run from NEW YORK to CHICAGO.FIRST HEART
- Also in 1967, in CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, DR. CHRISTIAAN BARNARD inserted the first-successful, human-heart transplant into LOUIS WASHKANSKY. WASHKANSKY survived for 18 days.
- 1968, NBC TELEVISION broadcast “ELVIS”, PRESLEY’S ” comeback special (VIDEO) sponsored by SINGER sewing machines..
- 1971, PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON commuted the jail term of labor-leader JIMMY HOFFA.
- 1972, a charter flight crashed on take-off at TENERIFE in the CANARY ISLANDS, killing 155 aboard.
- 1973, “PIONEER 10” came within 88,000 miles of JUPITER, sending back to NASA the first close-up images of that planet.
- 1974, COLUMBIA released the x-rated drama, “EMMANUELLE”, starring SYLVIA KRISTEL.
- 1975, in INDOCHINA, LAOS fell to the COMMUNISTS.
- 1976, although banned at many venues, the controversial SEX PISTOLS began their tour of the UNITED KINGDOM.
- 1979, 11 fans died in a festival-seating crush, preceding a WHO concert at CINCINNATI’S RIVERFRONT STADIUM. The same day, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA running-back CHARLES WHITE won the HEISMAN TROPHY.
- 1982, a soil sample from TIMES BEACH, MISSOURI, revealed the DIOXIN level to be at least 300 times the safe level. DIOXINS are a family of toxic compounds that accumulate in humans.
- 1983, NEBRASKA running-back MIKE ROZIER won the HEISMAN TROPHY.
UNION CARBIDE POISONING IN BHOPAL
- 1984, poisonous gas escaped from UNION CARBIDE’S pesticide plant in BHOPAL, INDIA, killing more than 6,000 people. The same day in WISCONSIN, 103-year-old HARRY STEVENS wed 83-year-old THELMA LUCAS.
- 1988, OKLAHOMA STATE running-back BARRY SANDERS won the HEISMAN TROPHY.
- 1990, arriving in BRAZIL, PRESIDENT BUSH began a five-nation visit to SOUTH AMERICA.
- 1991, PRESIDENT BUSH’S WHITE HOUSE chief-of-staff, JOHN SUNUNU, resigned. The same day in professional wrestling, HULK HOGAN became the WWF champion for the fourth time.
- 1992, STEVIE WONDER (“BLOWING IN THE WIND”) received a “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” award from the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SONGWRITERS. The same day, the U-N SECURITY COUNCIL voted unanimously for AMERICAN-led forces to enter SOMALIA.
- 1995, in MOSCOW, the UNITED STATES defeated RUSSIA, 3-2, to win the DAVIS CUP.
- 1998, the MIRAMAX-film “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”, starring JOESEPH FIENNES, GEOFFREY RUSH GWYNETH PALTROW, and JUDI DENCH, premiered in NEW YORK CITY. It opened nationwide on CHRISTMAS DAY.
“SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE” PREMIER
- 1999, actress MADELINE KAHN died at 57. The same day, six firefighters were killed while battling a fire in a WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, industrial building; and, after a 81-day trip, AMERICAN TORI MURDEN became the first women to row across the ATLANTIC OCEAN alone.
- 2003, the play “I AM MY OWN WIFE”, starring JEFFERSON MAYS, opened at the LYCEUM THEATRE in NEW YORK for a run of 360 performances. The same day, actor DAVID HEMMINGS died at 62 in BUCHAREST, ROMANIA.
- 2004, actor KEVIN KLINE received his star on HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME.
- 2005, XCOR AEROSPACE introduced the first rocket delivery of the U-S MAIL — from MOJAVE to CALIFORNIA CITY, CALIFORNIA.
- 2007, winter storms caused the CHEHALIS RIVER to flood many of cities in LEWIS COUNTY, WASHINGTON.
- 2008, singer-actress LIZA MINNELLI (“NEW YORK, NEW YORK”) debuted in NEW YORK in her “LIZA AT THE PALACE” show for 22 performances.
- 2009, BRITISH-actor RICHARD TODD died at 90 in LITTLE HUMBY, ENGLAND.