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This Day In History: Dec. 3

This Day in History

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.

Today's Birthdays

1755: Gilbert Stuart, portrait painter (near Narragansett, RI; died 1828)
1826: George B. McClellan, Union commander in the American Civil War (Philadelphia, PA; died 1885)
1857: Joseph Conrad, novelist (Berdichev, Ukraine; died 1924)
1883: Anton Webern, composer (Vienna, Austria; died 1945)
1895: Anna Freud, psychoanalyst and daughter of Sigmund Freud (Vienna, Austria; died 1982)
1903: Carlos Montoya, flamenco guitarist and composer (Madrid, Spain; died 1993)
1922: Sven Nykvist, cinematographer (Moheda, Sweden; died 2006)
1925: Kim Dae Jung, South Korean president and Nobel laureate (near Mokpo, South Korea)
1930: Jean-Luc Godard, filmmaker (Paris, France). Andy Williams, singer (Wall Lake, IA)
1948: Ozzy Osbourne, singer/songwriter (Birmingham, England)
1951: Rick Mears, auto racer (Wichita, KS)
1960: Darryl Hannah, actress (Chicago, IL). Julianne Moore, actress (Fort Bragg, NC)
1963: Terri Schiavo, whose parents and husband fought a protracted, high-profile legal battle over measures to keep her alive after severe brain damage (Philadelphia, PA; died 2005)
1965: Katarina Witt, Olympic champion figure skater (Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany)
1967: Brendan Fraser, actor (Indianapolis, IN)

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