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This Day in History: December 3

1818 Illinois is admitted to the Union as the 21st state.
1901 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt outlines a number of measures designed to secure a greater measure of social justice in his first message to Congress.
1967 Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.
1971 India intervenes militarily to end Pakistan's attempt to keep West Pakistan (now Bangladesh ) from becoming independent.
1973 The unmanned spacecraft Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter.
1984 Deadly gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India , killing more than 2,000 people and injuring 200,000.
1992 The UN Security Council votes to send troops to Somalia , stricken by famine.


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