What Happened On This Day – December 3
1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster
A gas leak from a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal, India killed over 2000 people and affected thousands of others. It is said to be the world's worst industrial disaster.
1970 Ayatollah Khomeini takes office
The Iranian religious leader was a leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
1927 First Laurel & Hardy movie released
Putting Pants on Philip, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of a long partnership.
1910 First public demonstration of neon lights
Seen in most urban settings and cities today, the neon light was invented by French inventor and engineer, Georges Claude. They were first displayed at the Paris Motor Show.
1818 Illinois joins the Union
The midwestern state became the 21st state to be part of the United State. 3 U.S. presidents call it their home state.
Births On This Day – December 3
1985 Amanda Seyfried
American actress, singer
1981 David Villa
1895 Anna Freud
1857 Joseph Conrad
1826 George B. McClellan
American general, politician, 24th Governor of New Jersey
Deaths On This Day – December 3
1939 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll
1928 Ezra Meeker
1910 Mary Baker Eddy
American writer, founder of Christian Science
1894 Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish author, poet