This day in history

Monday, Dec. 3, is the 338th day of 2012. There are 28 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 82. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 64. Rock singer Mickey Thomas is 63. Actress Daryl Hannah is 52. Actress Julianne Moore is 52. Gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 47. Actor Brendan Fraser is 44. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 27. Actor Michael Angarano is 25.

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.


In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president by the Electoral College.

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In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play ‘‘A Streetcar Named Desire’’ opened on Broadway.

In 1960, the Lerner and Loewe musical ‘‘Camelot’’ opened on Broadway.

In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.

In 1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.


In 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

In 1992, the Greek tanker Aegean Sea spilled more than 21 million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground off northwestern Spain.

In 2002, thousands of personnel files released under a court order showed that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse.