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What Happened This Day In History.

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  • 2016

    Today in History
    December 3

    1468   Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeed their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
    1762   France cedes to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi--the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
    1818   Illinois admitted into the Union as the 21st state.
    1800   The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
    1847   Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, and anti-slavery paper.
    1862   Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
    1863   Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marks the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
    1864   Major General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with slight resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
    1906   The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
    1915   The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.
    1916   French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle is the new French commander in chief.
    1918   The Allied Conference ends in London where they decide that Germany must pay for the war.
    1925   The League of Nations orders Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
    1926   British reports claim that German soldiers are being trained in the Soviet Union.
    1950   The Chinese close in on Pyongyang, Korea, and UN forces withdraw southward.
    1965   The National Council of Churches asks the United States to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
    1977   The State Department proposes the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
    1979   Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    1984   Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
    1989   Presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.
    1992   A test engineer for Sema Group sends the world's first text message, using a personal computer and the Vodafone network.
    1997   Representatives 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.
    2005   First manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail takes place in Mojave, Cal.
    2009   Suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three ministries of the Transitional Federal Government.
    Born on December 3
    1755   Gilbert Stewart, portrait painter.
    1826   George B. McClellan, Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Antietam and ran against Abraham Lincoln for president.
    1833   Carlos Juan Finlay, Cuban epidemiologist.
    1857   Joseph Conrad, Polish-born novelist (Heart of Darkness, Nostromo).
    1922   Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer.
    1925   Jean-Luc Godard, French film director (Breathless).
    1933   Paul Crutzen, Dutch chemist.
    1934   Abimael Guzman (Presidente Gonzalo), leader of the Shining Path Maoist guerrilla insurgency in Peru.
    1937   Morgan 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).
    1948   Ozzy 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).
    1951   Rick Mears, race car driver; three-time Indycar national champion (1979, 1981, 1982).
    1960   Daryl Hannah, actress (Blade Runner, Steel Magnolias).
    1963   Terri 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.
    1973   Holly Marie Combs, actress, TV producer (Charmed; Pretty Little Liars TV series).
    2005   Prince Sverre Magnus, third in line of succession to the Norwegian throne.