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  • 2005 – XCOR Aerospace makes the first manned rocket aircraft delivery of U.S. Mail in Kern County, California.
  • 1997 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.
  • 1994 – The PlayStation was released in Japan
  • 1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world's first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague.
  • 1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the first Supreme Leader of Iran.
  • 1973 – Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
  • 1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
  • 1927 – Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released.
  • 1912 – Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with the Ottoman Empire, temporarily halting the First Balkan War. (The armistice will expire on February 3, 1913, and hostilities will resume.)
  • 1910 – Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
  • 1904 – The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California's Lick Observatory.
  • 1898 – The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeated an all-star collection of early football players 16-0, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football.
  • 1834 – The Zollverein (German Customs Union) begins the first regular census in Germany.
  • 1800 – War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden: French General Moreau decisively defeats the Archduke John of Austria near Munich. Coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte's earlier victory at Marengo, this will force the Austrians to sign an armistice and end the war.


  • 1987 – Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast. She won a silver medal with the United States team at the 2008 Summer Olympics and is the second-most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history, with ten medals.
  • 1987 – Brian Robiskie, American football player. He played college football at Ohio State.
  • 1987 – Michael Angarano, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Since then he has starred in a number of films including Sky High (2005), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), Haywire (2011), The English Teacher (2013), and Sun Dogs (2017).
  • 1985 – Amanda Seyfried, American actress. Seyfried made her feature film debut in the 2004 teen comedy film Mean Girls and subsequently had supporting roles in independent films such as Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006).
  • 1985 – Marcus Williams, American basketball player. Marcus Williams is the name of:
  • 1985 – Mike Randolph, American soccer player. Michael Horace Randolph (born December 3, 1985) is an American soccer player.
  • 1985 – Robert Swift, American basketball player. Robert Swift (born December 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Spanish club Círculo Gijón Baloncesto y Conocimiento of the LEB Plata league.
  • 1983 – James Ihedigbo, American football player. He played college football at Massachusetts.
  • 1983 – Sherri DuPree, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Dupree-Bemis is also a guest vocalist for many other projects, as well as a visual artist.
  • 1982 – Dascha Polanco, Dominican-American actress. She is known for portraying the role of Dayanara "Daya" Diaz on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.
  • 1981 – Tyjuan Hagler, American football player. Tyjuan Cedric Hagler (born December 3, 1981) is a former American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
  • 1980 – Anna Chlumsky, American actress. Between 1999 and 2005, Chlumsky's career entered a hiatus while she attended college.
  • 1980 – Jenna Dewan, American actress and dancer. She is known for her role as Nora Clark in the 2006 film Step Up.
  • 1979 – Rock Cartwright, American football player. Roderick Rashaun Cartwright (born December 3, 1979) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1978 – Trina, American rapper and producer. Katrina Laverne Taylor (born December 3, 1974), known professionally as Trina, is an American rapper and television personality.
  • 1977 – Chad Durbin, American baseball player. Chad Griffin Durbin (born December 3, 1977), is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, and Cleveland Indians, and Detroit Tigers of the American League (AL), and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves of the National League (NL).
  • 1977 – Troy Evans, American football player. Troy Evans is the name of:
  • 1976 – Cornelius Griffin, American football player. He played college football at Pearl River Community College and Alabama.
  • 1976 – Gary Glover, American baseball player. He also played for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball and the Sydney Storm of the Australian Baseball League.
  • 1973 – Holly Marie Combs, American actress and producer. She is known for her roles as Kimberly Brock in the CBS series Picket Fences (1992–1996), Piper Halliwell in The WB series Charmed (1998–2006) and Ella Montgomery in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017).
  • 1970 – Lindsey Hunter, American basketball player and coach. He was also the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns in 2013.
  • 1970 – Paul Byrd, American baseball player. Paul Gregory Byrd (born December 3, 1970), is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who is currently a TV sports broadcaster for Atlanta Braves games on Fox Sports Southeast.
  • 1969 – Hal Steinbrenner, American businessman, co-owner of the New York Yankees. He and his brother, Hank, inherited the team from their father, George Steinbrenner, who died in 2010.
  • 1968 – Brendan Fraser, American actor and producer. Fraser branched into dramatic cinema with roles in School Ties (1992), Gods and Monsters (1998), The Quiet American (2002) and Crash (2004).
  • 1968 – Montell Jordan, American singer-songwriter and producer. Best known for his 1995 single "This Is How We Do It", Jordan was the primary male solo artist on Def Jam's Def Soul imprint until leaving the label in 2003.
  • 1965 – Andrew Stanton, American voice actor, director, producer, screenwriter. He also co-wrote all four Toy Story films (1995-2019) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).
  • 1964 – Darryl Hamilton, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2015), was an American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers (1988, 1990–95), Texas Rangers (1996), San Francisco Giants (1997–98), Colorado Rockies (1998–99) and New York Mets (1999–2001). Hamilton prepped at Louisiana State University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge and then attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
  • 1963 – Joe Lally, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Joseph Francis Lally (born December 3, 1963 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American bassist, vocalist and record label owner, best known for his work with Fugazi.
  • 1963 – Terri Schiavo, American medical patient (d. 2005), was a right-to-die, legal case in the United States from 1990 to 2005, involving Theresa Marie Schiavo (née Schindler) (/ˈʃaɪvoʊ/; December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005), a woman in an irreversible persistent vegetative state. Schiavo's husband and legal guardian argued that Schiavo would not have wanted prolonged artificial life support without the prospect of recovery, and elected to remove her feeding tube.
  • 1960 – Daryl Hannah, American actress and producer. She is known for her roles as Pris Stratton in Ridley Scott's science fiction thriller Blade Runner (1982) and as Cathy Featherstone in Randal Kleiser's romantic comedy Summer Lovers (1982), as the mermaid Madison in Ron Howard's fantasy-romantic comedy Splash (1984), Roxanne Kowalski in the romantic comedy Roxanne (1987), Darien Taylor in Oliver Stone's drama Wall Street (1987) and Annelle Dupuy Desoto in the comedy-drama Steel Magnolias (1989).
  • 1960 – Julianne Moore, American actress and author. Time magazine named Moore one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.
  • 1960 – Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey player and coach, was an English Anglican bishop and peer.
  • 1954 – Grace Andreacchi, American-English author, poet, and playwright. Grace Andreacchi (born December 3, 1954) is an American-born author known for her blend of poetic language and modernism with a post-modernist sensibility.
  • 1953 – Rob Waring, American-Norwegian vibraphonist and contemporary composer. Rob Waring (born December 3, 1956 in Yonkers, New York) is an American-Norwegian Contemporary music composer and performer (drums and vibraphone), commonly associated with symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles.
  • 1952 – Don Barnes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Richard Donald "Don" Barnes (born December 3, 1952) is an American rock vocalist and guitarist and one of the founding members of the Southern rock band 38 Special.
  • 1951 – Mike Bantom, American basketball player and manager. Michael Allen Bantom (born December 3, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player.
  • 1951 – Ray Candy, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1994), was an American professional wrestler who worked for a variety of different wrestling promotions in the United States, Japan and Puerto Rico such as Jim Crockett Promotions, All Japan Pro Wrestling, World Wrestling Council and others. He also competed as Blackstud Williams, Super Mario Man, Commando Ray, Masked Superfly and Kareem Muhammad.
  • 1951 – Rick Mears, American race car driver. Rick Ravon Mears (born December 3, 1951), known by the nickname "Rocket Rick", is a retired American race car driver.
  • 1949 – Heather Menzies, Canadian-American actress, was a Canadian-American model and actress, known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan's Run.
  • 1942 – Alice Schwarzer, German journalist and publisher, founded EMMA Magazine. Alice Schwarzer (born 3 December 1942 in Wuppertal) is a German journalist and prominent contemporary feminist.
  • 1942 – David K. Shipler, American journalist and author. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction in 1987 for Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.
  • 1940 – Jeffrey R. Holland, American academic and religious leader. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Holland is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator.
  • 1938 – Sally Shlaer, American mathematician and engineer (d. 1998), was an American mathematician, software engineer and methodologist, known as co-developer of the 1980s Shlaer–Mellor method for software development.
  • 1937 – Bobby Allison, American race car driver and businessman. Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998) Inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame (2011) Inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1993)
  • 1937 – Morgan Llywelyn, American-Irish model and author. Morgan Llywelyn (born December 3, 1937) is an American-Irish historical interpretation author of historical and mythological fiction and historical non-fiction.
  • 1935 – Eddie Bernice Johnson, American nurse and politician. Eddie Bernice Johnson (born December 3, 1935) is an American politician from the state of Texas, currently representing Texas's 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1934 – Nicolas Coster, British-American actor. Nicolas Dwynn Coster (born December 3, 1934) is an American actor, most known for his work in daytime drama and as a character actor on nighttime television series, such as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • 1931 – Jaye P. Morgan, American singer and actress. Morgan (born Mary Margaret Morgan; December 3, 1931) is a retired American popular music singer, actress, and game show panelist.
  • 1929 – John S. Dunne, American priest and theologian (d. 2013). He held the John A.
  • 1928 – Thomas M. Foglietta, American politician and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (d. 2004). He represented Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1997, and later served as United States Ambassador to Italy.
  • 1927 – Andy Williams, American singer (d. 2012). He recorded 43 albums in his career, of which 15 have been gold-certified and 3 platinum-certified.
  • 1922 – Len Lesser, American actor (d. 2011), was an American character actor, known as Len Lesser. He was known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo in Seinfeld, starting during the show's second season in "The Pony Remark".
  • 1921 – John Doar, American lawyer and activist (d. 2014), was an American lawyer and senior counsel with the law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack in New York City. He had a notable role as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1961 to 1965 and as head of the division from 1965 until 1967, during the civil rights years of the administrations of presidents John F.
  • 1921 – Phyllis Curtin, American soprano and academic (d. 2016), was an American classical soprano who had an active career in operas and concerts from the early 1950s through the 1980s. She was known for her creation of new roles such as the title role in the Carlisle Floyd opera Susannah, Catherine Earnshaw in Floyd's Wuthering Heights, and in other works by this composer.
  • 1914 – Irving Fine, American composer and academic (d. 1962). Fine's work assimilated neoclassical, romantic, and serial elements.
  • 1907 – Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (d. 1976), was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With sisters Martha and Helvetia "Vet", she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters.
  • 1901 – Glenn Hartranft, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1970), was an American athlete. He competed in the shot put and discus throw at the 1924 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the shot put, placing sixth in the discus.
  • 1901 – Mildred Wiley, American high jumper (d. 2000), was an American high jumper who won a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
  • 1899 – Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (d. 1966). He was originally from California.
  • 1897 – William Gropper, American cartoonist and painter (d. 1977), was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit.
  • 1879 – Charles Hutchison, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949), was an American film actor, director and screenwriter. He appeared in 49 films between 1914 and 1944.
  • 1878 – Francis A. Nixon, American businessman (d. 1956), was an American grocer, rancher, and the father of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1863 – Gussie Davis, African-American songwriter (d. 1899), was an African-American songwriter born in Dayton, Ohio. Davis was one of America's earliest successful African-American music artists, the first Black songwriter to become famous on Tin Pan Alley as a composer of popular music.
  • 1842 – Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American businessman, founded the Pillsbury Company (d. 1899), was an American flour industrialist, co-founder and namesake of the Pillsbury Company and a member of the Minnesota State Senate.
  • 1842 – Ellen Swallow Richards, American chemist, ecologist, and educator (d. 1911), was an industrial and safety engineer, environmental chemist, and university faculty member in the United States during the 19th century. Her pioneering work in sanitary engineering, and experimental research in domestic science, laid a foundation for the new science of home economics.
  • 1842 – Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist and activist (d. 1919), was an American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist. She was the mother of William Randolph Hearst and wife of George Hearst.
  • 1838 – Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist and academic (d. 1916), was an American meteorologist and advocate of time zones.
  • 1826 – George B. McClellan, American general and politician, 24th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1885), was an American soldier, civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861–1865).
  • 1755 – Gilbert Stuart, American painter (d. 1828), was an American painter from Rhode Island Colony who is widely considered one of America's foremost portraitists. His best known work is the unfinished portrait of George Washington, begun in 1796, that is sometimes referred to as the Athenaeum Portrait.


  • 2015 – Scott Weiland, American singer-songwriter (b. 1967)
  • 2014 – Herman Badillo, Puerto Rican-American lawyer and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Ian McLagan, English-American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Nathaniel Branden, Canadian–American psychotherapist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2008 – Robert Zajonc, Polish-American psychologist and author (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Frederick Ashworth, American admiral (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Adrienne Adams, American illustrator (b. 1906)
  • 2002 – Glenn Quinn, Irish-American actor (b. 1970)
  • 2000 – Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet and educator (b. 1917)
  • 2000 – Hoyt Curtin, American composer and producer (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – John Archer, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1999 – Madeline Kahn, American actress, comedian, and singer (b. 1942)
  • 1999 – Scatman John, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1942)
  • 1993 – Lewis Thomas, American physician, etymologist, and academic (b. 1913)
  • 1989 – Connie B. Gay, American businessman, founded the Country Music Association (b. 1914)
  • 1981 – Walter Knott, American farmer, founded Knott's Berry Farm (b. 1889)
  • 1973 – Emile Christian, American trombonist, cornet player, and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1972 – William Manuel Johnson, American bassist (b. 1872)
  • 1967 – Harry Wismer, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1913)
  • 1949 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress and educator (b. 1876)
  • 1928 – Ezra Meeker, American farmer and politician (b. 1830)
  • 1910 – Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader and author, founded Christian Science (b. 1821)
  • 1904 – David Bratton, American water polo player (b. 1869)
  • 1876 – Samuel Cooper, American general (b. 1798)
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