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December 3 is the 337th day (338th on leap years) of the year in the
Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining.
* 1818 - Illinois becomes 21st U.S. state
* 1833 - Oberlin College, first coeducational college in the United
* 1896 - Hermann Hollerith creates the Tabulating Machine Company
* 1912 - First Balkan War ends
* 1944 - Civil war breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between
Communists and royalists
* 1967 - First human heart transplant performed by a team headed by
* 1970 -
o Montreal, Quebec: After being held hostage for 60 days, kidnapped
British Trade Commissioner James Cross is released by the Front de
Libˇration du Quebec terrorist group after negotions with police.
o Five of the known terrorists of the Chenier Cell of the Front de
Libˇration du Quebec are granted their request for safe passage to
Cuba by the Government of Canada after approval by Fidel Castro.
* 1984 - Methyl isocyanate from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in
Bhopal, India, kills more than 2000 people and injures over 150,000.
* 1755 - Gilbert Stuart, painter
* 1826 - George McClellan, Union general (+ 1885)
* 1838 - Abbe Cleveland, meteorologist (+ 1916)
* 1857 - Joseph Conrad, writer (+ 1924)
* 1883 - Anton Webern, composer (+ 1945)
* 1895 - Anna Freud, psychoanalyst (+ 1982)
* 1903 - John von Neumann, mathematician
* 1911 - Nino Rota, composer (+ 1979)
* 1923 - Wolfgang Neuss, cabaretist and actor (+ 1989
* 1925 - Ferlin Husky, country music singer
* 1927 - Andy Williams, singer
* 1930 - Jean-Luc Godard, film director
* 1931 - Franz Josef Degenhardt, author and singer
* 1934 - Viktor Gorbatko, cosmonaut
* 1937 - Bobby Allison, automobile racer
* 1942 - Alice Schwarzer, journalist
* 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne, singer
* 1949 - John Akii-Bua, hurdler
* 1949 - Mickey Thomas, singer ("Jefferson Starship")
* 1951 - Samantha Fox, pornographic film actor
* 1951 - Rick Mears, automobile racer
* 1960 - Daryl Hannah, actor
* 1960 - Julianne Moore, actor
* 1965 - Katarina Witt, figure skater
* 1968 - Brendan Fraser, actor
* 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson, actor
* 1919 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painter
* 1949 - Maria Ouspenskaya, actor
* 1980 - Oswald Mosley, British politician
* 1995 - Robertson Davies, author
* 1997 - Kathy Acker, author
* 1999 - Madeline Kahn, actor, comedian
* 2002 - Glenn Quinn, actor