History of 3 December

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  • 1992 – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help starving Somalians.
  • 1992 – The Greek tanker “Aegean Sea” ran aground at La Coruna, Spain and spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil.
  • 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.
  • 1993 – Angola’s government and its rebel enemies agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
  • 1994 – Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of UN peacekeepers.
  • 1995 – Former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan was arrested for his role in a 1979 coup.
  • 1997 – Pierce Brosnan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1997 – In Ottawa, Canada, more than 120 countries were represented to sign a treaty prohibiting the use and production of anti-personnel land mines. The United States, China and Russia did not sign the treaty.
  • 1997 – South Korea received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund to bailout its economy.
  • 1999 – Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. It took her 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
  • 1999 – 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.
  • 1999 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander as it entered Mars’ atmosphere. The spacecraft was unmanned.
  • 2010 – The Boeing X-37 returned to Earth on successfully after its first orbital mission. It launched on April 22, 2010.
  • 2012 – At least 475 people are killed after Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines.
  • 2014 – The Japanese space agency, JAXA, launches the space explorer Hayabusa2 from the Tanegashima Space Center on a six-year round trip mission to an asteroid to collect rock samples.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Ioannis Amanatidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 – Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • 1981 – Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (d. 2010)
  • 1981 – David Villa, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 – Manny Corpas, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1982 – Michael Essien, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982 – Dascha Polanco, Dominican-American actress
  • 1982 – Franco Sbaraglini, Argentinian-Italian rugby player
  • 1983 – Stephen Donald, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983 – Sherri DuPree, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1983 – Andy Grammer, American singer, songwriter, and record producer
  • 1983 – James Ihedigbo, American football player
  • 1983 – Aleksey Drozdov, Russian decathlete
  • 1984 – Avraam Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1984 – Manuel Arana, Spanish footballer
  • 1985 – Nina Ansaroff, American martial artist[
  • 1985 – László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1985 – Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Amanda Seyfried, American actress
  • 1985 – Robert Swift, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Marcus Williams, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Michael Angarano, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1987 – Erik Grönwall, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • 1987 – Brian Robiskie, American football player
  • 1987 – Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast
  • 1988 – Melissa Aldana, Chilean saxophonist
  • 1989 – Alex McCarthy, English footballer
  • 1989 – Selçuk Alibaz, Turkish footballer
  • 1989 – Tomasz Narkun, Polish mixed martial artist
  • 1990 – Christian Benteke, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 – Sharon Fichman, Canadian-Israeli tennis player
  • 1990 – Fausto Rossi, Italian footballer
  • 1991 – Ekaterine Gorgodze, Georgian tennis player
  • 1992 – Cristian Ceballos, Spanish footballer
  • 1994 – Solomone Kata, New Zealand rugby league player