On this Day in History, December 3

How significant is December 2 to you or your loved ones? Perhaps it’s your birthday or wedding anniversary, or the day you brought your dog home for the first time and the kids loved him.

Did you know that there are events that happened on this day that will always remain in the history books? Read on to find out.

  • 1818Illinois was admitted as the 21st State of the Union.
  • 1828 – Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
  • 1965 – The USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon.
  • 1966 – The US performed an underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
  • 1967 – There was an assassination attempt on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica.
  • 1967 – Former Indonesian president Sukarno was placed under house arrest.
  • 1967 – The 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky.
  • 1970 – The U.S. performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1976 – Patrick J Hillery was elected President of Ireland.
  • 1979 – Iran accepted a constitution.
  • 1989 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President, George H. W. Bush, declared that the Cold War was over.
  • 1992 – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help starving Somalians.
  • 1993 – Britain’s Princess Diana announced she would be limiting her public appearances because she was tired of the media’s intrusions into her life.
  • 1995 – Former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan was arrested for his role in a 1979 coup.
  • 1997South Korea received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund to bail out its economy.
  • 1999 – Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone.
  • 2010 – The Boeing X-37 returned to Earth successfully after its first orbital mission.
  • 2017 – The first pizza party in space, held by astronauts of the International Space Station.
  • 2019 – 70th anniversary of NATO was marked by a gathering in London of world leaders and a reception by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
  • 2019 – Kamala Harris ended her campaign to be the Democratic candidate for president.

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