Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About December 3

December 3, 2020 is the 338th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 71 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 3

  • 1799
    War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Wiesloch, Austrian Lieutenant Field Marshal Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly defeats the French at Wiesloch.
  • 1854
    Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold miners at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
  • 1904
    The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California’s Lick Observatory.
  • 1912
    Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long First Balkan War.
  • 1944
    Greek Civil War: Fighting breaks out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
  • 1960
    The musical Camelot debuted at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, and would become associated with the Kennedy administration.
  • 1967
    At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launches pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • 1973
    Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
  • 2009
    A suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, claims the lives of 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.

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