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December 3rd, 2007 (December 03 2007)EventDevastating winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damaged are blamed on the floods.
December 3rd, 2005 (December 03 2005)EventXCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
December 3rd, 1999 (December 03 1999)EventNASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
December 3rd, 1997 (December 03 1997)EventIn Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People s Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.
December 3rd, 1992 (December 03 1992)EventUN Security Council Resolution 794 is unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia.
December 3rd, 1992 (December 03 1992)EventThe Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruna, Spain, and spills much of its cargo.
December 3rd, 1990 (December 03 1990)EventAt Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crew members aboard flight 1482.
December 3rd, 1989 (December 03 1989)EventCold War: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the cold war between their nations may be coming to an end (some commentators from both nations exaggerated the wording and independently declared the Cold War over).George H. W. Bush Quotes
December 3rd, 1984 (December 03 1984)EventBhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000-600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
December 3rd, 1982 (December 03 1982)EventA soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
December 3rd, 1979 (December 03 1979)EventIn Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans are killed during a stampede for seats before a Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum.
December 3rd, 1979 (December 03 1979)EventShadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.
December 3rd, 1973 (December 03 1973)EventPioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
December 3rd, 1971 (December 03 1971)EventIndo-Pakistani War of 1971: India invades East Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
December 3rd, 1970 (December 03 1970)EventOctober Crisis: In Montreal, Quebec, kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross is released by the Front de Liberation du Quebec terrorist group after being held hostage for 60 days. Police negotiate his release and in return the Canadian government grants five terrorists from the FLQ s Chenier Cell their request for safe passage to Cuba.
December 3rd, 1967 (December 03 1967)EventAt 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).
December 3rd, 1967 (December 03 1967)EventThe luxury train 20th Century Limited completes its last run from New York City to Chicago (the train was inaugurated on June 15, 1902).
December 3rd, 1964 (December 03 1964)EventBerkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents decision to forbid protests on UC property.
December 3rd, 1944 (December 03 1944)EventThe Greek Civil War breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between communists and royalists.
December 3rd, 1929 (December 03 1929)EventGreat Depression: US President Herbert Hoover announces to the U.S. Congress that the worst effects of the recent stock market crash are behind the nation and the American people have regained faith in the economy.Herbert Hoover Quotes
December 3rd, 1917 (December 03 1917)EventAfter nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic.
December 3rd, 1912 (December 03 1912)EventBulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long First Balkan War.
December 3rd, 1912 (December 03 1912)EventFirst Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
December 3rd, 1904 (December 03 1904)EventThe Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California s Lick Observatory.
December 3rd, 1901 (December 03 1901)EventUS President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking the Congress to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".Theodore Roosevelt Quotes
December 3rd, 1854 (December 03 1854)EventEureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
December 3rd, 1818 (December 03 1818)EventIllinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.
December 3rd, 1805 (December 03 1805)EventLewis and Clark Expedition mark their explorations from the Missouri River overland to the Columbia River on a pine tree.
December 3rd, 1800 (December 03 1800)EventWar of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeats the Austrian Archduke John near Munich decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte s victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

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