Today in History - December 3rd

  • 1775 - On this day in history, the first official US flag raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred) took place.
  • 1818 - Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union. 
  • 1828 - Today in history, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States. 
  • 1833 - Oberlin College in Ohio opened as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States. 
  • 1835 - On this day in history, In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy.
  • 1868 - The first blacks on US trial jury were appointed for Jefferson Davis trial.
  • 1931 - Today in history, Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time. 
  • 1947 - The Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater. 
  • 1967 - On this day in history, In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant.
  • 1993 - Britain's Princess Diana announced she would be limiting her public appearances because she was tired of the media's intrusions into her life. 
  • 1999 - On this day in history, The World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded a four-day meeting in Seattle, WA, without setting an agenda for a new round of trade talks. The meeting was met with fierce protests by various groups. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, December 3rd

  • 1925 - On this day in history, "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin himself played the piano.
  • 1965 - In Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a concert when his guitar made contact with his microphone during a performance of "The Last Time.
  • 1965 - Today in history, Ray Charles was convicted of possession of heroin and marijuana. He was given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000. 
  • 1965 - The Beatles began their final UK concert tour in Glasgow,
  • 1969 - John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The offer was revoked the next day, on this day in history.
  • 1973 - Ringo Starr released the song "You're Sixteen." It was his second straight number one single. 
  • 1976 - Today in history, The Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." was released. 
  • 1986 - A lawsuit was filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band's music for six hours.
  • 1990 - On this day in history, Nightline aired Madonna's video for "Justify My Love." The previous week MTV had banned the video. 
  • 1999 - NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
  • 2012 - Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, reached the end of our solar system and entered interstellar space.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, December 3rd

  • 1621 - Galileo invented the telescope.
  • 1910 - Today in history, the neon lamp was displayed for the first time at the Paris
  • Motor Show. The lamp was developed by French physicist Georges Claude.
  • 1922 - The first successful Technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea) was shown in NYC.

SPORTS - Today in History, December 3rd

  • 1950 - On this day in history, Tom Fears (Los Angeles Rams) caught a record 18 passes against the Green Bay Packers.


  • Joseph Conrad 1857
  • Andy Williams 1927
  • Ozzy Osbourne 1948
  • Daryl Hannah 1960
  • Julianne Moore 1960