Today in History - December 3

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1347        Dec 3, Pope Clemens VI declared Roman tribune, Cola di Rienzi, a heretic.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1468        Dec 3, Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeeded their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1469        Dec 3, Piero de' Medici (53), ruler of Florence, died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1557        Dec 3, The 1st Covenant of Scottish protestants formed.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1621        Dec 3, Galileo invented the telescope. [see Aug 25, 1609]
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1660        Dec 3, Jacques Sarazin (70), French sculptor and painter, died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1678        Dec 3, Edmund Halley received an MA from Queen's College, Oxford.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1684        Dec 3, Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder of Danish & Norwegian literature, was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1685        Dec 3, Charles II barred Jews from settling in Stockholm, Sweden.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1729        Dec 3, Padre Antonio Francisco J. Jose Soler, composer (Fandango), was born in Olot, Spain.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1753        Dec 3, Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1755        Dec 3, Gilbert Stewart, portrait painter, was born.
    (HN, 12/3/00)

1762        Dec 3, France ceded to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi- the territory known as Upper Louisiana. [see Nov 3]
    (CO, Grolier's, 11/10/95)(HN, 12/3/98)

1789        Dec 3, Claude-Joseph Vernet, French seascape painter, died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1795        Dec 3, Rowland Hill, introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1800        Dec 3, US state electors met and cast their ballots for the presidency. A tie resulted between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
    (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/mtjtime3c.html)
1800        Dec 3, Austrians were defeated by the French at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1803        Dec 3, Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastique), was born. [see Dec 11]
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1806        Dec 3, Henry Alexander Wise (d.1876), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1818        Dec 3, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
    (AP, 12/3/97)(HN, 12/3/98)

1826        Dec 3, George Brinton McClellen (d.1885), Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Antietam and ran against Abraham Lincoln for president, was born.
    (HN, 12/3/98)(MC, 12/3/01)

1828        Dec 3, Andrew Jackson was elected 7th president of the United States over John Quincy Adams. Resentment of the restrictive credit policies of the first central bank, the Bank of the United States, fueled a populist backlash that elected Andrew Jackson.
    (AP, 12/3/97)(WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A11)(WSJ, 6/10/98, p.A18)

1833        Dec 3, Carlos Juan Finlay, Cuban epidemiologist, was born.
    (HN, 12/3/00)
1833        Dec 3, Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States, opened its doors.
    (AP, 12/3/98)

1834        Dec 3, 1st US dental society was organized in NY.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1835        Dec 3, 1st US mutual fire insurance company issued 1st policy in RI.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1847        Dec 3, Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney established the North Star, an anti-slavery paper.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1849        Dec 3, California asked to be admitted into the Union as a free state.
    (SFC, 2/21/97, p.A25)
1849        Dec 3, Jesuit Fr. John Nobili and Fr. Michael Accolti (1807-1878) arrived in San Francisco.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)

1857        Dec 3, Joseph Conrad (d.1924), novelist, was born in Berdychiv, Poland, as Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski. He is best known for “Heart of Darkness." His work “The Secret Agent" had a profound effect on Unabomber Theodore J. Kaszynski in the late 20th cent. Conrad also wrote the short story “The Informer."
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.A3)(HN, 12/3/98)(AP, 12/3/07)

1861        Dec 3, In his first annual message Pres. Lincoln argued that "labor is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed..."
    (WSJ, 2/10/95, p.A8)(http://caps.fool.com/blogs/quotes-by-lincoln/548670)

1862        Dec 3, Confederate rebels attacked a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1863        Dec 3, Confederate General Longstreet abandoned his siege at Knoxville, Ten., and moved his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marked the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
    (HN, 12/3/98)(MC, 12/3/01)

1864        Dec 3, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman met up with some resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1872        Dec 3, George Smith, Assyriologist at the British Museum, presented a lecture before the Biblical Archeology Society in London, on Assyrian tablets that described an ancient flood as part of an epic whose hero was named Gilgamesh.
    (ON, 11/07, p.4)

1876        Dec 3, Hermann Goetz (35), composer, died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1894        Dec 3, Robert Louis Stevenson (b.1850), Scottish-American writer, died in Samoa. He was the author of such works as "Treasure Island," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "The Master of Ballantrae," "The Silverado Squatters, "Kidnapped" and "Travels with a Donkey." In 2005 Clair Harman authored “Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography."
    (Smith., 8/95, p.51-58)(AP, 12/3/97)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.79)

1897        Dec 3, Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Without My Cloak), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1906        Dec 3, The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1907        Dec 3, George M. Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1908        Dec 3, Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premiered.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1910        Dec 3, Neon lights were 1st publicly seen at the Paris Auto Show.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1910        Dec 3, Mary Baker Eddy (b.1821), founder of the Church of Christ, Science (the Christian Science movement), died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)(WSJ, 9/26/03, p.W17)

1911        Dec 3, Nino Rota, composer (Torquemada), was born in Milan, Italy. He composed operas and orchestral music and taught at Italy's Bari Conservatory. He also wrote scores for Federico Fellini and other film directors.
    (WSJ, 3/5/99, p.W10)(MC, 12/3/01)

1912        Dec 3, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria signed a weapons pact.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1915        Dec 3, The U.S. expelled German attaches on spy charges.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1916        Dec 3, French commander Joseph Joffre was dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle became the new French commander-in-chief.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1918        Dec 3, The Allied Conference ended in London; Germany was required to pay to full limits for the war.
    (HN, 12/3/02)

1919        Dec 3, Pierre A. Renoir (78), French painter and sculptor, died.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1922        Dec 3, Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer, was born.
    (HN, 12/3/00)
1922        Dec 3, The 1st successful Technicolor movie, Tall of the Sea, was shown in NYC.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1924        Dec 3, John Backus, inventor (FORTRAN computer language), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1925        Dec 3, "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.
    (AP, 12/3/98)
1925        Dec 3, Jean-Luc Godard, French film director, was born. In 2004 Colin MacCabe authored the biography "Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy."
    (HN, 12/3/98)(SSFC, 1/18/04, p.M1)
1925        Dec 3, The League of Nations ordered Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1926        Dec 3, British reports claimed that German soldiers were being trained in the USSR.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1930        Dec 3, Andy Williams, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1931        Dec 3, Miles Laboratories introduced Alka Seltzer. [see Feb 21]
    (SFEC, 8/28/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 12/3/01)
1931        Dec 3, Danielius Dolskis (b.1891), Lithuanian-Jewish singer, died. His songs included “Onyte, einam su manim pašokti" (Dear Anna, Come Dance With Me) (1930).
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2JR_OYmQIc&feature=related)

1933        Dec 3, Paul Crutzen, Dutch chemist, was born.
    (HN, 12/3/00)

1937        Dec 3, Stephen Rubin, English attorney and shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas), was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1941        Dec 3, Hitler viewed Poltava, Ukraine.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1943        Dec 3, Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premiered.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1943        Dec 3, Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy began.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1944        Dec 3, US 5th Armour division occupied Brandenburg, Hertzgenwald.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1944        Dec 3, A British order to disarm caused a general strike in Greece.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1944        Dec 3, Hungarian death march of Jews ended.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1947        Dec 3, The Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway with Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois and Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski. Brando’s first film was “The Men" directed by Fred Zinnemann.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1947)(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)(SFEM, 10/19/97, DB p.11) (AP, 12/3/97)

1948        Dec 3, The "Pumpkin Papers" came to light. The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
    (AP, 12/3/97)
1948        Dec 3, In San Francisco Sam Shockley (b.1909) and Miran Edgar Thompson (b.1917), 2 Alcatraz inmates, were executed at the San Quentin gas chamber for a 1946 escape attempt in which 2 guards and 3 prisoners were killed.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.B4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_escape_attempts)
1948        Dec 3, Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" exploded in East China Sea killing 1,100. [see Dec 4]
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1950        Dec 3, The Chinese closed in on Pyongyang, Korea and UN forces withdrew southward.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1953        Dec 3, The musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theater for 583 performances.
    (AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)
1953        Dec 3, Eisenhower criticized McCarthy for saying communists are in Republican party.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1954        Dec 3, Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard," premiered.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1954        Dec 3, William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida," premiered in London.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1956        Dec 3, England & France pulled troops out of Egypt.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1957        Dec 3, Maria Ridulph (7) disappeared while playing in Sycamore, Illinois. In April, 1958, two people foraging for mushrooms found her remains. In 2011 prosecutors in Sycamore charged Jack Daniel McCullough (71), a former police officer, in the abduction of Ridulph after an ex-girlfriend's discovery of an unused train ticket blew a hole in his alibi. At the time, McCullough's name was John Tessier. On Sep 14, 2012, McCullough was convicted of the murder.
    (AP, 7/3/11)(AP, 9/14/12)

1960        Dec 3, Daryl Hannah, film star, was born in Chicago, Ill.
    (SSFC, 3/14/04, Par p.18)
1960        Dec 3, The Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)

1961        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area Francis Patrick Kennedy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and landed on the ground near Lime Point in Marin County. He survived the 200-foot leap and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of pulling through. Kennedy died 10 days later.
    (SSFC, 12/4/11, DB p.46)

1964        Dec 3, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st aired on TV.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1964        Dec 3, California Gov. Edmund Brown sent police from throughout the East Bay to arrest protesters at UC Berkeley and clear Sproul Hall. Police arrested 824 students one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in as part of the Free Speech Movement. It was the largest mass arrest in US history.
    (AP, 12/3/98)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.M5)(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1965        Dec 3, Katarina Witt, figure skater (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88), was born in Staaken, GDR.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1965        Dec 3, Beatles began their final UK concert tour in Glasgow.
    (MC, 12/3/01)
1965        Dec 3, The National Council of Churches asked the U.S. to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1967        Dec 3, The 20th Century Ltd., the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York City to Chicago.
    (AP, 12/3/97)
1967        Dec 3, Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant at the Groote Shur Hospital. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart. The first heart transplant operation in the U.S. was on December 6, 1967, in New York City.
    (AP, 12/3/97)(HNQ, 1/9/99)

1969        Dec 3, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice offered John Lennon the role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar, but the offer was withdrawn the next day.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7bvup8)(http://oldies.about.com/od/oldieshistory/a/december3.htm)

1971        Dec 3, The 3rd Indo-Pakistani war began when India under Indira Gandhi intervened in the Pakistani civil war. Pakistan attacked Indian airfields and India mobilized its army after nearly 10 million refugees poured into India. The India-Pakistani civil war ended with independence for East Pakistan, which became known as Bangladesh.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A22)

1972        Dec 3, A Spantax Convair 990A charter carrying West German tourists crashed in Tenerife, Canary Island, and 155 died.
    (www.secret-tenerife.com/2006/03/tenerife-air-disasters-in-perspective.shtml)

1973        Dec 3, Pioneer 10 passed Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_10)

1975        Dec 3, King Savang Vatthana of Laos abdicated his throne and the communist Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR) was established.
    (www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2770.htm)

1976        Dec 3, Fidel Castro was elected president of Cuba.
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A9)

1977        Dec 3, The State Department proposed the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1978        Dec 3, William Grant Still (b.1895), the first important black symphonic composer, died.
    (WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A20)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Grant_Still)

1979        Dec 3, Christie's in Switzerland auctioned a thimble for a record sum. A London dealer bid $18,000 for a Meissen porcelain thimble that dated to about 1740.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thimble)
1979        Dec 3, In Ohio 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where The Who, a British rock group, was performing.
    (AP, 12/3/97)(HN, 12/3/98)

1980        Dec 3, Bernadine Dohrn, a former leader of the radical Weather Underground, surrendered to authorities in Chicago after more than a decade as a fugitive.
    (AP, 12/3/00)
1980        Dec 3, In El Salvador peasants discovered the bodies of nuns Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford, Maura Clark, and lay worker Jean Donovan and buried them.
    (AP, 12/2/00)

1982        Dec 3, Rebecca Marrero (b.1962) was last seen in Seattle, Wa. She was believed to have become a victim of Gary Ridgeway, the so-called Green River Killer. In 2010 her skull was found by children playing in a ravine south of Seattle. On Feb 7, 2011, Ridgeway, already serving 48 life terms, was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 12/24/10, p.A6)(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)

1984        Dec 3, More than 4,000 people died and 200,000 were injured after a gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India. 40 tons of vaporous methyl isocyanate, hydrogen cyanide, monomethyl amine, carbon monoxide and possibly 20 other chemicals were released after an explosion. Over the years, according to the Indian government, some 15,000 people have died from effects of the gas. In 2011 India issued notices to Dow seeking payment of $1.7 billion, on top of $470 million already paid, due to the lingering effects of the poison.
    (WSJ, 11/27/96, p.A1)(HN, 12/3/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A23)(AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A2)

1987        Dec 3, Four days before his summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to sign a treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles, President Reagan said in an interview with television network anchormen that there was a reasonably good chance of progress toward a treaty on long-range weapons.
    (AP, 12/3/97)

1988        Dec 3, Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University won the Heisman Trophy.
    (AP, 12/3/98)
1988        Dec 3, In South Africa, 11 black funeral mourners were slain in Natal Province in an attack blamed on security forces.
    (AP, 12/3/98)

1989            Dec 3, The East German SED Politburo resigned. 3 days later Communist leader Egon Krenz stepped down as Chairman of the Council of State.
    (http://tinyurl.com/akpba)
1989        Dec 3, In Malta Presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War.
    (HN, 12/3/02)

1990        Dec 3, A Northwest Airlines DC-9 collided on the ground with a Northwest Boeing 727 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, resulting in a fire that claimed eight lives.
    (AP, 12/3/00)
1990        Dec 3, President Bush began a five-nation South American tour as he arrived in Brazil.
    (AP, 12/3/00)
1990        Dec 3, Walter Hickel (1919-2010), former governor of Alaska (1966-1969) and US Interior chief (1969-1970) under Pres. Nixon, took office as Alaska’s 8th governor. He served to Dec 5, 1994. 
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.C8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wally_Hickel)

1991        Dec 3, Embattled US White House chief of staff John H. Sununu resigned; he was succeeded by Samuel K. Skinner.
    (AP, 12/3/01)
1991        Dec 3, Radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Alann Steen, who had been held captive nearly five years.
    (AP, 12/3/97)

1992        Dec 3, The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help starving Somalia.
    (AP, 12/3/97)
1992        Dec 3, The Greek tanker Aegean Sea spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground at La Coruna, Spain.
    (AP, 12/3/97)

1993        Dec 3, Britain's Princess Diana, saying she was fed up with media's intrusions, announced she would be limiting her public appearances.
    (AP, 12/3/98)
1993        Dec 3, Georgia became a member of Russia's Commonwealth of Independent States; Russia, in return, backed Shevardnadze against Abkhaz rebels.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_of_Independent_States)

1994        Dec 3, Elizabeth Glaser, who became an AIDS activist after she and her two children were infected with HIV via a blood transfusion, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 47.
    (AP, 12/3/99)
1994        Dec 3, Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers, some already held for more than a week.
    (AP, 12/3/99)
1994        Dec 3, Japan’s Sony Corp. launched its PlayStation game console.
    (WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A8)(Econ, 12/10/11, SR p.4)

1995        Dec 3, President Clinton, wrapping up a five-day European trip, authorized a vanguard of 700 American troops to open a risky mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (AP, 12/3/00)
1995        Dec 3, The US and Europe signed a trans-Atlantic trade and security accord in Madrid, Spain.
    (WSJ, 12/4/95, p.A-9)

1996        Dec 3, In Hawaii Judge Kevin Chang ruled that the state had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (allow gay marriages), prompting an appeal.
    (SFC, 12/5/96, p.A3)(AP, 12/3/97)
1996        Dec 3, The Justice Department barred 16 Japanese army veterans suspected of World War II atrocities from entering the United States.
    (AP, 12/3/97)
1996        Dec 3, In Burma riot police dispersed hundreds of student demonstrators and detained dozens outside Rangoon at the Schwedagon Pagoda.
    (SFC, 12/3/96, p.A13)
1996        Dec 3, In France a bomb exploded in the Paris subway at the Port-Royal station. Two (4) people were killed and dozens injured. It appeared to be the work of Algerian extremists.
    (WSJ, 12/4/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/3/97)
1996        Dec 3, In Ireland Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the wife of high-profile French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier (d.2003), was found beaten to death near the remote house in Schull. On Mar 1, 2012, Ian Bailey, a British journalist and the chief suspect in the murder, won his appeal against extradition to France.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
1996        Dec 3, In Mexico Fernando Balderas, lawyer-journalist, and his wife Yolanda Figueroa and 3 children were beaten to death. The couple had reported exposes on drugs and corruption in the government. Balderas published the magazine Fourth Power. Alejandro Perez, the family chauffeur, later confessed to participating in the killings with 2 others because Balderas had raped the gardener’s wife and attempted to rape his wife. Balderas had helped his wife write “The Boss of the Gulf," about drug cartel leader Juan Garcia Abrego.
    (SFC, 12/7/96, p.A10)(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B4)
1996        Dec 3, In Belgrade, Serbia, Milosevic gagged the independent radio stations, Radio B-92 and Boom 93. Protests continued.
    (SFC, 12/5/96, p.C2)

1997        Dec 3, President Clinton hosted his first town hall meeting on America's race relations in Akron, Ohio.
    (AP, 12/3/98)
1997        Dec 3, It was reported that former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, Edward J. DeBartolo, owner of the SF 49ers, and three others were about to be indicted for alleged fraud. DeBartolo was caught offering to pay the governor as much as $400,000 for a riverboat casino license.
    (SFC, 12/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997        Dec 3, Walt Disney Chairman Michael Eisner exercised stock options for a profit of $565 million.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997        Dec 3, In Canada as many as 120 countries began signing a ban on land mines in Ottawa. The US, China, Russia, Iraq were among those countries refusing to sign the ban.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997        Dec 3, South Korea struck a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a record $55 billion bailout of its foundering economy.
    (AP, 12/3/98)
1997        Dec 3, In Norway Dr. Christian Sandsdalen was convicted for the mercy killing in Jun 1996 of Bodil Bjerkmann (45), who suffered from multiple sclerosis. He was the first Norwegian tried for mercy killing.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)
1997        Dec 3, In Poland Cardinal Jozef Glemp chastised Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk for his daily broadcasts of hate and rage mingled with prayer sessions. Rydzyk began broadcasting over Radio Maryja in 1991 and has become the 4th most popular station in Poland with 5 million listeners, mostly among older, religious observant women.
    (SFEC, 12/14/97, p.A22)
1997        Dec 3, Pres. Yeltsin announced that Russia is ready to cut troop strength in the Baltic region by 20% by Jan 1, 1999.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)
1997        Dec 3, In Rwanda Hutu rebels attacked a prison and released 507 jailed comrades in Bulinga.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)

1998        Dec 3, Republicans jettisoned campaign fund-raising from their inquiry of President Clinton, clearing the way for a historic House Judiciary Committee vote on articles of impeachment over President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and his effort to cover it up.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
1998        Dec 3, The movie "Shakespeare in Love" premiered.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
1998        Dec 3, Digital MP3 file-squishing technology was reported as a threat to recording industry. MPEG Layer 3 was a compression technology that allowed CD quality music to be sent over the Internet. The Rio portable player by Diamond Multimedia was released to stores in the midst of piracy concerns.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 12/20/98, p.B1)
1998        Dec 3, A scientific report from the Multispecies Monitoring Committee said that the cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine has collapsed due to overfishing.
    (SFC, 12/4/98, p.A3)
1998        Dec 3, A 4-day conference in Washington, attended by 44 countries, the Vatican and over a dozen Jewish organizations, produced guidelines for documenting Nazi plunder to resolve claims on confiscated art.
    (SFC, 12/4/98, p.A18)
1998        Dec 3, In Europe the central banks of 11 countries issued a coordinated interest-rate cut in response to softening economic conditions.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A16)
1998        Dec 3, In Vienna 33 nations signed the Wassenaar Arrangement limiting arms exports. The agreement included export controls on the most powerful data-scrambling technologies.
    (SFC, 12/4/98, p.B2)
1998        Dec 3, In Japan it was reported that the Jul-Sep quarter fell 0.7%. It was the 4th consecutive decrease in GDP.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A16)
1998        Dec 3, In the Philippines a fire burned the Catholic Bahay Kalinga orphanage in Manila and at least 28 people were killed including 23 children.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 12/4/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 3, In Romania Brother Cleopa, an Orthodox monk, died at age 87 at the 14th century Sihastra Monastery. He was renowned for his lectures and sermons, some of which were published under the title “Talks with Brother Cleopa," in Sobornost, an ecumenical Orthodox and Anglican journal published in Oxford.
    (SFC, 12/7/98, p.A25)
1998        Dec 3, Yugoslav border guards killed 8 ethnic Albanians as they tried to cross the border into Kosovo. In Pristina Hizri Talla, a senior guerrilla commander was killed along with Kosovar journalist Afrim Maliqi and student Ilir Durmishi.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C9)

1999        Dec 3, Pres. Clinton offered to reduce bombing practice on Vieques in the spring and use only dummy bombs plus $40 million in economic incentives with phase out in 5 years. Puerto Rico rejected the offer.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)
1999        Dec 3, The WTO negotiations in Seattle collapsed with no agreement reached on an agenda for talks.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Dec 3, Regular but restricted passenger service from NY to Havana was resumed for the 1st time in nearly 4 decades with a flight by Marazul Charters.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A6)
1999        Dec 3, Tori Murden (36) of the United States became the 1st woman to complete a rowboat crossing of the Atlantic. Her 81-day, 7 hr. and 31 min. trip began in the Canary Islands and finished at Fort-du-Bas in Guadeloupe.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)
1999        Dec 3, The Mars Polar Lander touched down at the Martian South Pole. 2 probes burrowed into the polar surface to test for water and carbon dioxide. NASA failed to make contact with the $165 million lander following setdown.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A2)(SFC, 12/3/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Dec 3, Ice in Arctic waters was reported to be shrinking by about 14,000 square miles annually. Global warming from human activity was suspected.
    (SFC, 12/3/99, p.A6)
1999        Dec 3, In Worcester, Mass., 6 firefighters died after 4 tried to rescue 2 who were in trouble in a burning warehouse. A homeless couple who allegedly knocked over a candle were later charged with involuntary manslaughter.
    (SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A2)(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A13)
1999        Dec 3, Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn died at age 57.
    (AP, 12/3/00)
1999        Dec 3, A 129 country environmental conference in China agreed to provide poor countries an additional $440 million over 3 years to stop using chemicals that harm the ozone layer.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A14)
1999        Dec 3, In Chechnya some 250 Russian soldiers were reported killed by rebels south of Grozny. Separately as many as 40 Chechen civilians were killed when Russian troops fired on a refugee convoy.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A27)
1999        Dec 3, In the Maldives a helicopter crashed enroute to Male and killed all 10 people onboard.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A14)
1999        Dec 3, In Monaco billionaire banker Edmund Safra (67), founder of the Republic National Bank of New York, was suffocated to death in a fire set by intruders at his home in Monte Carlo. His American nurse, Ted Maher (41), was jealous of other servants and later admitted that he had set the fire and fabricated the intruder story to gain attention. Maher was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Maher escaped but was soon captured.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/2/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/11/05, Par p.2)

2000        Dec 3, In Florida Circuit Judge Sanders Sauls finished listening to testimony on Al Gore’s request for a hand count of 13,000 ballots in 2 counties.
    (SFC, 12/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Dec 3, The cable TV Showtime station aired the premier of “Queer as Folk," a drama about homosexuals based on a British series.
    (SFC, 12/1/00, p.C1)
2000        Dec 3, Sandra Baldwin was elected the first female president of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Baldwin resigned in May 2002 after she admitted lying about her academic credentials.
    (AP, 12/3/05)
2000        Dec 3, Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts attached the world's largest, most powerful set of solar panels to the international space station.
    (AP, 12/3/01)
2000        Dec 3, Gwendolyn Brooks, African-American poet, died at age 83. Brooks won a 1949 Pulitzer Prize for her 2nd book of poetry, “Annie Allen." She was the poet laureate of Illinois since 1968.
    (SFC, 12/4/00, p.E3)
2000        Dec 3, In Chechnya rebels struck numerous check points and at least 13 Russian soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 12/5/00, p.A16)
2000        Dec 3, In Venezuela a referendum was scheduled on suspending the leaders of the nation’s labor unions for 180 days pending new labor elections. Voters in a 20% turnout approved the referendum to oust the leaders of the labor unions. This paved the way for a government-dominated workers’ federation.
    (SFC, 11/14/00, p.A17)(SFC, 12/5/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/5/00, p.A1)

2001        Dec 3, Tom Ridge, dead of Homeland Security, ordered a state of high alert across the US to at least the end of Ramadan in 2 weeks.
    (WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 3, Sec. of State Powell met in Romania with officials from 55 nations in a conference on fighting terrorism.
    (WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 3, Gov. Davis of California met with Pres. Fox and Mexican legislators in Mexico City to discuss economic solutions on mutual interests.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A3)
2001        Dec 3, In New Jersey Judge Clarkson S. Fisher began jailing striking teachers, who defied his back-to-work order.
    (SFC, 12/5/01, p.A3)
2001        Dec 3, Enron took steps to bolster its weak financial footing following its historic bankruptcy filing, arranging $1.5 billion in financing and slashing 4,000 jobs, or 20 percent of its work force.
    (AP, 12/3/02)
2001        Dec 3, Dean Kamen, inventor, unveiled his battery-powered, 12 mph Segway Human Transporter in NYC. Kamen had spent $100 million over the last decade to develop the vehicle. In 2003 Steve Kemper authored "Code Name Ginger," the story of the Segway's development.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)(WSJ, 6/17/03, p.D5)
2001        Dec 3, A test US anti-missile launched from Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands successfully hit a dummy warhead from Vandenberg Air Base in California, 4,800 miles away.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A4)
2001        Dec 3, Some 3,000 Taliban surrendered at Char Dara, 6 miles west of Kunduz. Pashtuns battled Taliban forces at Kandahar’s airport. The UN evacuated staff at Mazar-e-Sharif due to Northern Alliance infighting.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A11)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1,15)
2001        Dec 3, In Argentina the government put a 90-day partial freeze on bank accounts to help stem a run on banks. Weekly withdrawals were limited to $250.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A12)
2001        Dec 3, Israel struck the West Bank and Gaza Strip and destroyed 3 Palestinian Authority helicopters. In the wake of bombings that killed 26 Israelis, PM Ariel Sharon declared war on terror. Arafat was effectively confined to Ramallah after Israel destroyed his helicopters.
    (SFC, 12/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/3/02)(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)

2002        Dec 3, 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, including clergy who allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
2002        Dec 3, In western Algeria 6 soldiers and 6 suspected Islamic militants were killed during fighting in the Stamboul forest.
    (AP, 12/8/02)
2002        Dec 3, In Burundi Pres. Pierre Buyoya and Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the main faction of the Forces for the Defense of Democracy, or FDD, agreed to a cease-fire in their 9-year civil war (effective Dec 30), in theory leaving only one rebel group fighting in a conflict that has killed more than 200,000 people.
    (AP, 12/3/02)
2002        Dec 3, U.N. weapons inspectors made their first unannounced visit to one of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
2002        Dec 3, An Israeli soldier in Ramallah shot and killed a 95-year-old Palestinian woman as her taxi tried a back road to go around an Israeli checkpoint.
    (SFC, 12/4/02, p.A14)
2002        Dec 3, Shanghai will host the 2010 World Exposition after bidding fiercely to organize an event expected to fuel millions of dollars of investment, Expo officials announced in Monaco.
    (Reuters, 12/3/02)

2003        Dec 3, US federal authorities arrested 57 Hells Angles Motorcycle club members in 5 Western states on drugs, firearms and racketeering charges. The charges stemmed from a casino brawl in Laughlin, Nev., in Apr. 2002 that left 3 dead.
    (SFC, 12/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A25)
2003        Dec 3, A California state commission denied a Texas company's plan to sell GloFish, genetically-altered glow-in-the-dark fish. National sales of the transgenic fish were set for Jan.
    (SFC, 12/4/03, p.A2)
2003        Dec 3, A Colorado state judge in Denver declared the new school voucher plan to be unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 12/4/03, p.A3)
2003        Dec 3, It was reported that England planned to spend $17 billion to transform its health care system with information technology to make all medical records available in a secure central database.
    (WSJ, 12/3/03, p.B1)
2003        Dec 3, David Hemmings (62), British film actor, died after shooting scenes for "Samantha's Child." In 1966 he starred as the photographer in Antonioni's "Blowup."
    (SFC, 12/5/03, p.A27)
2003        Dec 3, The head of the Iraqi Governing Council renewed his demand that a proposed transitional legislature be elected by Iraqi voters, a move opposed by U.S. occupation officials. Leaders of the top political parties agreed with the US-led administration to create a militia picked by the parties and governing council.
    (AP, 12/3/03)(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A16)
2003        Dec 3, Ivory Coast security forces fired tear gas at protesters who rallied for a 3rd day outside the main French military base, demanding that peacekeepers withdraw to allow resumed government attacks on rebels.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
2003        Dec 3, A UN tribunal convicted and sentenced a radio news director and a newspaper editor to life imprisonment for their role in promoting the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
    (AP, 12/4/03)
2003        Dec 3, In northern Senegal a passenger bus and a cement truck collided, killing 22 people and injuring 35 others.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
2003        Dec 3, It was reported that Syria's president had agreed to a proposal to halt violence along Israel's northern border if Israel promises to end flights over Lebanon and not attack its territory.
    (AP, 12/4/03)

2004        Dec 3,    US Pres. George W. Bush signed a law extending normal trade relations to Laos.
    (AFP, 12/8/04)
2004        Dec 3, It was announced that US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was staying on the job.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2004        Dec 3, Tommy G. Thompson (63), US sec. of health and human services, announced his resignation and expressed concern over the threat of global flu and the possibility of a terrorist attack on the nation’s food supply.
    (SFC, 12/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Dec 3, It was reported that methamphetamine initially revs up the dopamine nervous system in the brain and that sex is the No. 1 reason people use it. The effect of an IV hit of meth is the equivalent of 10 orgasms all on top of each other lasting for 30 minutes to an hour, with a feeling of arousal that lasts for another day and a half. After you have been using it a little bit longer you can't have sex even when you're high. Nothing happens. It doesn't work. Later hair falls out and teeth fall out. A total of 1,083 clandestine methamphetamine labs were cleaned up in Tennessee in 2003.
    (AP, 12/4/04)
2004        Dec 3, A boat carrying at least 91 Dominican migrants apparently trying to reach Puerto Rico illegally capsized, killing eight people.
    (AP, 12/4/04)
2004        Dec 3, In France Liberation's founding CEO Serge July announced the start of exclusive negotiations with Banker Edouard de Rothschild over a $27 million capital increase that would let the banker acquire 37 percent of the popular daily.
    (AP, 12/3/04)
2004        Dec 3, In Germany 3 Iraqi citizens of Kurdish origin were arrested for plotting to kill Iraqi PM Ayad Allawi. In 2008 the 3 men were convicted and sentenced to prison. The Stuttgart state court convicted the three men of attempted participation in murder and membership in terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam, a radical Islamic group linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 7/15/08)
2004        Dec 3, In western Guatemala 2 buses collided head-on along a mountain highway, and one toppled into a nearby ravine, killing 21 people and injuring at least 20.
    (AP, 12/4/04)
2004        Dec 3, India's foreign exchange reserves vaulted $3.8 billion in the week through Dec. 3 to a record $130.72 billion, as foreign capital poured into Asia's fourth-biggest economy and the dollar slid against the euro.
    (Reuters, 12/11/04)
2004        Dec 3, Insurgents launched two major attacks against a Shiite mosque and a police station in Baghdad, killing 30 people, including at least 16 police officers.
    (AP, 12/3/04)
2004        Dec 3, Ramush Haradinaj (36) was elected prime minister of Kosovo.
    (http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041213-112138-1866r.htm)
2004        Dec 3, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a top Hamas leader, said the militant group would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as a long-term truce with Israel.
    (AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 12/4/04, p.A3)
2004        Dec 3, In Russia 15 people were killed when a fire broke out in a furniture factory warehouse in the Moscow region.
    (AP, 12/4/04)
2004        Dec 3, Ukraine’s Supreme Court overturned the results of the disputed presidential elections and ordered a new runoff by Dec 26.
    (SFC, 12/4/04, p.A1)

2005        Dec 3, In Silicon Valley, Ca., Adobe Systems merged with Macromedia.
    (Econ, 12/10/05, p.70)
2005        Dec 3, Retired Navy vice admiral Frederick L. "Dick" Ashworth, the weaponeer aboard the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, died in Phoenix at age 93.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2005        Dec 3, Peter Haas Sr. (86), former CEO and president of Levi Strauss, died in SF.
    (SFC, 12/5/05, p.B4)
2005        Dec 3, In Bangladesh police said they had arrested over 200 suspected Islamic militants in a three-day sweep after suicide bombers killed at least nine people and wounded scores in a spate of attacks this week.
    (AFP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, In Brazil the Greek billionaire Athina Roussel Onassis (20) married Alvaro Afonso de Miranda (32) a Brazilian Olympic equestrian in a palm-tree lined estate in Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 12/04/05)
2005        Dec 3, Economic officials from the world's richest countries resumed their pressure on China to adopt a more flexible exchange rate as they concluded a meeting in London.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2005        Dec 3, British girls Olivia Bazlinton (14) and Charlotte Thompson (13) died when they were hit by an express train in Elsenham. In 2011 the rail regulator said Network Rail will be prosecuted over the deaths of the two young girls killed at a level crossing.
    (AFP, 11/25/11)(http://olivia-renee-bazlinton.gonetoosoon.org/)
2005        Dec 3, In Canada tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Montreal, host of the UN Climate Change Conference, to demand that governments worldwide take concrete measures against global warming.
    (AP, 12/04/05)
2005        Dec 3, It was reported that the Central African Republic has ordered radio and television stations to stop broadcasting songs which encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music is a hindrance to the country's development.
    (Reuters, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Chechnya’s top election official said a Kremlin-backed political party has won the largest number of seats in the new parliament.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Iran's hard-line constitutional watchdog approved a bill blocking international inspections of atomic facilities if the nation is referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, In Iraq insurgents ambushed an Iraqi patrol northeast of Baghdad, detonating a roadside bomb and then firing on the patrol, killing 19 and wounding two.
    (Reuters, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Troops exhumed the remains of 25 bodies from a mass grave near a former Syrian military base in eastern Lebanon. About 17,000 Lebanese who disappeared during 1975-90 civil war are still missing, including 61 Lebanese soldiers.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Malaysia's state media said Southeast Asian lawmakers want Myanmar expelled from the ASEAN regional grouping unless it frees democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners within a year.
    (Reuters, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Myanmar’s government confirmed for the first time that it has extended pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention for six months.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won an overwhelming victory in island-wide municipal elections, putting it in position to push its agenda of reunification with China during the 2008 presidential campaign.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, Ukraine reported its first outbreak of bird flu, discovered among some 1,500 dead chickens and geese in the Black Sea region of Crimea.
    (AP, 12/03/05)
2005        Dec 3, A rupture in an oil pipeline caused a fire in western Venezuela, but firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control. Evidence of sabotage was soon found. [see Dec 5]
    (AP, 12/04/05)(AP, 12/05/05)

2006        Dec 3, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomb exploded next to a British convoy in Kandahar city, and troops speeding away from the scene fired at several civilian cars. 3 Afghans were killed and 19 people were wounded, including three British soldiers. In southern Afghanistan an estimated 70 to 80 Taliban militants were killed by NATO soldiers in fighting after police told military authorities where insurgents had gathered.
    (AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/4/06)
2006        Dec 3, A major political alliance in Bangladesh staged a nationwide transport blockade to force electoral reforms. Separate clashes between rival political activists and police left one man dead and at least 65 people injured.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo Morales signed contracts giving the government control over foreign energy companies’ operations.
    (SFC, 12/4/06, p.A11)
2006        Dec 3, In southern England 2 firefighters were killed in a blaze at a fireworks factory near Lewes that injured a dozen others.
    (AP, 12/4/06)
2006        Dec 3, Members of Alberta's ruling Conservative party picked Ed Stelmach (55), a moderate farmer, as premier of the western Canadian province.
    (Reuters, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, A Dubai-based developer announced that it plans to build a new Russian city on 44,000 acres near Moscow.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, In East Timor a man was hacked to death and 17 others were injured in overnight gang fighting in Dili.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, Andris Piebalgs, the EU Energy Commissioner from Latvia, signed an accord on nuclear cooperation with Kazakhstan. The EU hoped to increase Kazakhstan uranium sales to the EU from 3% to 20%.
    (WSJ, 12/4/06, p.A6)
2006        Dec 3, Commodore Frank Bainimarama told Fiji One television that he wants PM Laisenia Qarase to resign so the military can name a new government for the South Pacific island nation.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, Haitians cast ballots in municipal and local elections that were billed as the final step in the troubled country's return to democratic rule following a bloody February 2004 revolt that toppled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, Seven Iraqis were killed and 12 wounded including 3 policemen killed by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint near the northern city of Kirkuk. The bullet-ridden body of the Sunni Arab chairman of one of Iraq's leading soccer clubs was found, several days after he was kidnapped in the capital. A US soldier was killed during combat in Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 3, Madagascar's president faced 13 challengers in the first elections since voting five years ago led to a six-month power struggle that split the Indian Ocean nation between two governments.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, Mexico’s newly sworn-in president Felipe Calderon decreed a 10% pay cut for himself and his cabinet members, echoing a central campaign promise of the leftist rival he beat by a razor-thin margin.
    (AP, 12/3/06)
2006        Dec 3, In southern Taiwan a double-decker tour bus crashed into a steep ravine in a scenic mountain area, killing 22 and seriously injuring two dozen others.
    (AP, 12/4/06)
2006        Dec 3, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election, defeating Manuel Rosales, governor of the western state of Zulia. With 78% of voting stations reporting, Chavez had 61% of the vote, to 38% for Rosales.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.44)(AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/3/07)

2007        Dec 3, A consensus judgement of the US intelligence community was released saying Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and though it continues an enriched uranium program, it apparently has not resumed moving toward a nuclear capability. On Dec 11 the national Council for Resistance in Iran said Iran’s weaponization program was relocated and restarted in 2004.
    (SFC, 12/4/07, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/11/07, p.A4)
2007        Dec 3, US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson proposed a freeze on interest rates on loans made to millions of risky borrowers. Resistance by the mortgage industry was expected. Paulson said he is confident there will soon be an agreement to help thousands of homeowners avoid mortgage defaults by temporarily freezing their interest rates. 
    (SFC, 12/4/07, p.C1)(AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, The US national debt was reported to be expanding by about $1.4 billion a day, or nearly $1 million a minute.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Former commissioner Bowie Kuhn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth and ex-Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss also were elected.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2007        Dec 3, In NYC Don Imus returned to the airwaves eight months after he was fired for a racially charged remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team, and introduced a new cast that included two black comedians on WABC-AM.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, AT&T said that it planned to leave the rapidly shrinking pay-phone business.
    (SFC, 12/4/07, p.C1)
2007        Dec 3, In Afghanistan’s southwestern Nimroz province a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a police patrol, killing four other people, including two policemen.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Ten people believed to be Algerian asylum seekers drowned while a Dutch ship tried to rescue them in stormy Mediterranean waters. Two men survived the ordeal.
    (AP, 12/5/07)
2007        Dec 3, Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd became Australia's 26th prime minister and immediately began dismantling the former government's policies by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Artist Mark Wallinger won Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for a fiercely anti-war exhibit based on a lone protester's six-year vigil outside British parliament.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, The Bank of England under governor Mervyn King brought down its base interest rate by a quarter point to 5.5%.
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.65)
2007        Dec 3, In Congo (DRC) some 25,000 government forces army attacked a stronghold of renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda, a day after his men seized a strategic town from the government and forced out thousands of civilians. The troops were routed by some 4,000 insurgents.
    (Reuters, 12/3/07)(www.mail-archive.com/ugandanet@kym.net/msg25522.html)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.63)
2007        Dec 3, In Cuba a human rights leader said that police have detained 29 anti-government activists in less than two weeks and seven remain jailed, including a man who called for the communist-run island to tolerate independent universities.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Hundreds of civil servants protested in front of Egypt's Cabinet, demanding wage increases to cope with rising prices and inflation.
    (AP, 12/4/07)
2007        Dec 3, Egypt opened its border crossing with Gaza to let in Palestinian religious pilgrims headed for Saudi Arabia, the first time Palestinians have been allowed to enter Egyptian territory since Hamas militants seized Gaza in June.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, In Jakarta, Indonesia, 6 Islamic militants were sentenced to up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts in eastern Indonesia that include beheading three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and shooting to death Rev. Irianto Kongkoli in 2006.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, In Bali, Indonesia, climate experts at a massive UN conference urged quick action toward a new international pact to stem global warming. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) hoped for an agreement to mitigate climate change after the Kyoto protocol runs out in 2012.
    (AP, 12/3/07)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.73)
2007        Dec 3, Iran ordered Canada's ambassador to leave the country after Canada rejected candidates Tehran had proposed to represent the Islamic Republic in Ottawa.
    (AP, 12/4/07)
2007        Dec 3, Lawmakers from Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc ended their boycott of parliament over the "house arrest" of their leader, Adnan al-Dulaimi, who also attended the session. In Baghdad an Interior Ministry aide was gunned down in his car. The mutilated bodies of four guards at an oil facility who were kidnapped at a checkpoint on their way back from vacation were found north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
 2007        Dec 3, Israel released 429 Palestinian prisoners in a gesture meant to strengthen moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Daniele Emmanuello (43), the Mafia godfather of Gela, Sicily, was killed while trying to escape police. He was considered one of Italy's 30 most dangerous Mafia fugitives.
    (AP, 12/3/07)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.62)
2007        Dec 3, In Qatar Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached out to Gulf Arab states, proposing security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence" in the first appearance by an Iranian leader before a summit of a key group of Persian Gulf nations. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed shortly after the outbreak of the 1980 Iran-Iraq war, partly to counter the spread of Iran's Islamic revolution.
    (AP, 12/4/07)
2007        Dec 3, Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif risks disqualification from Pakistan's crucial parliamentary elections after an official rejected his nomination papers. Sharif was said to be ineligible because of a conviction on charges related to the 1999 coup, in which Musharraf ousted his government. A bomb exploded inside an Islamic school in southwestern Pakistan, killing six students and wounding four others.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas closed 92 charities linked to Hamas, as part of a West Bank crackdown on Islamic militants.
    (WSJ, 12/4/07, p.A1)
2007        Dec 3, Foreign observers and Russian opposition groups accused authorities of manipulating a sweeping parliamentary election victory for the party of President Vladimir Putin, who hailed the results as a validation of his leadership. With ballots from nearly 98 percent of precincts counted, Putin's United Russia party was leading with 64.1 percent of the vote. Europe joined the US in demanding Russia investigate alleged abuses in the election, and Germany denounced the poll as undemocratic.
    (AP, 12/3/07)(Reuters, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, A Moscow court convicted Igor Reshetin, the head of the company TsNIIMASH-Export, a rocket and space technology company, on charges of leaking sensitive technology to China. This was the latest case involving a Russian scientist who was prosecuted despite claims the sensitive materials were in the public domain. Reshetin was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison after prosecutors said the information Reshetin had handed over to the Chinese could be used for building missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, Government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels battled each other with rifles, mortars and artillery across northern Sri Lanka, leaving 42 rebels and six soldiers dead.
    (AP, 12/4/07)
2007        Dec 3, Sudan's president pardoned Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed for insulting Islam after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad. Gibbons arrived back in England the next day.
    (AP, 12/3/07)(AP, 12/4/07)
2007        Dec 3, A colleague said Karim Bozorboyev, a prominent Uzbek human rights activist, has been sentenced to six years and three months in jail as part of a crackdown on dissidents and government critics.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, In Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, said he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.
    (AP, 12/3/07)

2008        Dec 3, The US government released the first part of a $400 million aid package to support Mexico's police and soldiers in their fight against drug cartels. Jesus Martin Huerta, the No. 2 federal prosecutor in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, was shot dead.
    (AP, 12/4/08)
2008        Dec 3, Laura Garza, an aspiring dancer, disappeared after leaving a NYC nightclub with a registered sex offender. On April 11, 2010, her remains were found in Olyphant, Pa. DNA confirmation was announced on April 26.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A4)(www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=NEWS67)
2008        Dec 3, In California Theodore Neff (66) was found strangled to death as his house on San Pablo Bay burned. Within days police arrested Alejandro Hernandez Rivera (24), a male prostitute, in a sting operation. Neff’s golden flute was in Rivera’s car. In 2010 Rivera was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/10, p.C1)(SFC, 12/6/11, p.C3)
2008        Dec 3, Lynn Gilderdale (31), who suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis (aka chronic fatigue syndrome), died in East Sussex with the assistance of her mother, Kay Gilderdale. In 2010 a British jury cleared the mother of murder charges.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article5309918.ece)(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.A4)
2008        Dec 3, In Iraq a sticky bomb attached to a minibus carrying Education Ministry employees exploded, killing at least one civilian and wounding five others in eastern Baghdad. Another such bomb attached to a car exploded near the entrance of the heavily fortified Green Zone, wounding the driver, an Iraqi contractor working with US forces.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Dec 3, An international rights group said the torture of prisoners including al-Qaida suspects has increased under the military junta that rules Mauritania, where security forces routinely abuse detainees with electric shocks, burnings, beatings and sexual violence.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Dec 3, NATO foreign ministers affirmed their support for US plans to install anti-missile defenses in Europe despite Russia's strong opposition. NATO foreign ministers said they expected Albania and Croatia to become the alliance's newest members by April.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Dec 3, In the southern Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom one person was killed during an attack on a convoy of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of US oil group ExxonMobil.
    (AFP, 12/4/08)
2008        Dec 3-2008 Dec 4, In Norway 94 nations signed a treaty banning cluster bombs in a move that supporters hope will shame the US, Russia and China and other non-signers into abandoning weapons blamed for maiming and killing civilians. Norway, which began the drive to ban cluster bombs 18 months ago, was the first to sign, followed by Laos and Lebanon, both hard-hit by the weapons.
    (AP, 12/3/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.70)
2008        Dec 3, Pakistani airstrikes killed 30 suspected militants in 2 area of the Mohmand border region. A suicide attack on a convoy in the same region killed 3 soldiers and a civilian.
    (SFC, 12/4/08, p.A13)
2008        Dec 3, In Puerto Rico a Rockwell International 690B plane slammed into El Yunque mountain, killing Caribbean pilot Ken Webster and two US tourists on board. A spokesman for the Medical Mutual of Ohio health insurance company later identified the two Americans as Kent W. Clapp, the firm's chief executive, and his fiancee, Tracy Turner.
    (AP, 12/5/08)
2008        Dec 3, In Spain's northern Basque region suspected ETA separatists shot and killed a businessman in the first attack linked to the group since the arrest of its military chief last month.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Dec 3, In Thailand the first commercial flight in a week arrived in Bangkok as anti-government protesters ended their siege of the country's two main airports, declaring victory after PM Somchai Wongsawat was ousted by a court ruling.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Dec 3, In Yemen the bodies of 24 Somalis washed ashore following an accident involving a boat trying to smuggle migrants. Strong winds pushed the bodies on to beaches over the last 2 days near the town of al-Qasha'a. 184 more Somalis involved in the accident managed to swim ashore.
    (AP, 12/4/08)
2008        Dec 3, Zimbabwe riot police charged into a group of doctors and nurses protesting the deepening economic and health crisis, as deaths rose sharply from a cholera epidemic blamed on collapsing infrastructure.
    (AP, 12/3/08)

2009        Dec 3, The IRS auctioned 7,100 acres of Crow creek Sioux tribal land near Pierre, South Dakota to help pay off over $3 million in back taxes. The land sold for $2.6 million.
    (SFC, 12/4/09, p.A15)
2009        Dec 3, Comcast Corp. announced it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation's largest cable TV operator control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a major movie studio.
    (AP, 12/3/09)
2009        Dec 3, Wisconsin police found the bodies of 2 women and their 2 young daughters shot to death in Madison. Police searched for Tyrone Adair (38), the father linked to the deaths of his two young daughters and their mothers. Adair was found dead of suspected suicide in his SUV on Dec 7.
    (AP, 12/5/09)(SFC, 12/8/09, p.A12)
2009        Dec 3, A Chinese court handed down a further five death sentences to people convicted of murder and other crimes during ethnic rioting in the far western Xinjiang region in July in which almost 200 people died.
    (Reuters, 12/3/09)
2009        Dec 3, A Congolese court upheld death sentences for two Norwegians convicted of espionage and murder, prompting condemnation from Norwegian officials. They had been convicted in Sep of murdering their driver and attempting to murder a witness in May 2009.
    (AP, 12/3/09)
2009        Dec 3, In Cuba activists from 32 little-known organizations opposed to the communist government issued a call for an end to social repression on the island at a gathering in the home of a prominent human rights activist.
    (AP, 12/3/09)
2009        Dec 3, Guinea’s President Moussa "Dadis" Camara (45) was shot by Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite, who commands the presidential guard. He was flown to Morocco for medical treatment following the assassination attempt nearly a year after he seized power in a coup. Toumba is accused of having led the presidential guard that opened fire Sep 28 on the peaceful demonstrators, who had gathered inside the capital's national stadium.
    (AP, 12/4/09)
2009        Dec 3, In Iraq Ahmed Subhi al-Fahal, a top counterterrorism officer, was killed in a suicide bombing in Tikrit. The bombing also killed two of his bodyguards and two bystanders. Within hours dozens of Web sites affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq celebrated the death of their longtime nemesis.
    (AP, 12/4/09)
2009        Dec 3, Mexico City police freed 107 people who were forced to work under slave-like conditions in a clandestine factory making shopping bags and clothing clasps.
    (AP, 12/4/09)
2009        Dec 3, Nigerian AIDS and malaria activists said at least 144 women die each day in Nigeria during pregnancy or childbirth, according to the UN and World Bank statistics. Activists premiered three short but hard-hitting Nollywood films to push for an urgent change in attitude and provision of adequate healthcare services to avoid pregnancy-related problems.
    (AFP, 12/4/09)
2009        Dec 3, In Pakistan 10 suspects were killed in overnight fighting following a raid on a militant hide-out near the Swat Valley area of Kabal. Abu Faraj, a militant leader who was captured in September and accused of plotting suicide bombings in the area, led troops to a militant hide-out and was killed in the fighting. Five other militants were killed when security forces repelled attacks on three checkpoints in the Bajur area.
    (AP, 12/3/09)
2009        Dec 3, Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium company, said it had reached a deal to restructure debts of $17 billion, including $7 billion held by foreigners, clearing the way for an IPO. Russia’s state-owned Vnesheconobank (VEB) had recently agreed to extend a $4.5 billion loan to Rusal, lead by Oleg Deripaska, one of the country’s richest tycoons.
    (Econ, 12/5/09, p.73)
2009        Dec 3, In Somalia a male suicide bomber dressed as a woman attacked a university graduation ceremony in a small part of Mogadishu still under government control, killing 24 people, including 3 Cabinet ministers, 3 journalists and a number of graduating doctors. The president of Benadir University said 43 students were taking part in the graduation ceremony at the Shamo Hotel. The bomber was later reported to be a Danish citizen of Somali descent.
    (AP, 12/3/09)(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.54)
2009        Dec 3, Pope Benedict XVI and visiting Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade Vatican-Kremlin relations to full diplomatic ties.
    (SFC, 12/4/09, p.A2)

2010        Dec 3, President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into Afghanistan, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict. Due to weather Obama planned a secure video conference with Pres. Karzai from Bagram Air Field.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, The White House announced that Pres. Barack Obama has granted the first pardons of his presidency, to 9 people convicted of crimes including possessing drugs, counterfeiting and even mutilating coins.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, A US federal court search warrant said Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer Minkyu Martin (22) was under investigation for passing classified information to an FBI agent he thought was a foreign intelligence agent.
    (http://cicentre.net/wordpress/index.php/tag/bryan-minkyu-martin/)(SFC, 12/7/10, p.A8)
2010        Dec 3, US and South Korean representatives broke through a stalemate on issues related to the automobile industry, clearing the way for closer economic ties with fast-expanding South Korea. President Barack Obama hailed the agreement as a "landmark trade deal" that would support at least 70,000 US jobs.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, It was reported that California is the only state in the nation to provide vehicles to its rank-and-file lawmakers for unlimited use. The state faced a $6 billion deficit and lawmakers already have cut programs such as adult dental care and health care programs for children from low-income families.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, The US Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Online payment service provider PayPal said in a company blog it has cut off the account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, Wikileaks struggled to stay online as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, US diplomatic cables, revealed today by WikiLeaks, portrayed Afghanistan as rife with graft to the highest levels of government, with tens of millions of dollars flowing out of the country and a cash transfer network that facilitates bribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug traffickers and insurgents.
    (AP, 12/3/10) 
2010        Dec 3, In Argentina leaders of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world held their annual goal-setting summit amid tensions raised by the publication of US diplomatic cables that in some cases plant doubts about the unity and friendship they publicly profess.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Rio Tinto, an Anglo-Australian mining firm, announced a joint venture with Chinalco, to hunt for minerals in China.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.130)
2010        Dec 3, In Vienna, Austria, the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved an IAEA-run repository for nuclear fuel, in a move meant to limit proliferation by making domestic uranium enrichment programs superfluous.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, Authorities in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro declared a state of emergency and evacuated hundreds of people after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding along the Drina River, the worst in 104 years.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in a public letter addressed to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. This was made public by Brazil's foreign ministry.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, Negotiators for the US and Brazil initialed a text in Rio de Janeiro for a new air transport agreement. Once formally approved, the pact will establish an Open Skies air transportation relationship between the two countries that will expand services and could bring down prices.
    (AFP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 3, Former British Labor MP David Chaytor (61) pleaded guilty to fraud charges, becoming the first politician to be convicted over his expenses claims.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, British forecasters issued warnings of widespread ice and hazardous conditions lasting well into the weekend as the country's cold snap tightened its grip and three more deaths were reported.
    (AFP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, A land dispute on Easter Island turned violent when riot police evicting islanders from their ancestral home were surrounded by rock-throwing protesters. About two dozen people were injured in a 7-hours-long confrontation. The official native name of Easter Island, known for its stunning gigantic stone heads known as Moais, is Rapa Nui, and that's what many natives call themselves, refusing to identify with Chile, which annexed the island in 1888.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Chinese police detained the wife of Hada, the co-founder of a Mongolian separatist movement, and raided the family bookstore just days before the activist is to be released from 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, A Chinese passenger train set a new record for speed, hitting 302 miles per hour (486 km per hour) during a test run.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, A Chinese cargo ship with 24 Chinese passengers and crew members sank off the coast of the Philippines. At least 14 crewmen were rescued and 10 were missing.
    (www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B30U120101204)(SFC, 12/6/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 3, The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic reached nearly 1,900 people since erupting less than two months ago. The Health Ministry said there have been more than 80,000 cases since it was first detected in late October. The Pan-American Health Organization projected it could sicken 400,000 people within a year.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Iraq 24 people, including 22 Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite holy sites, died when two buses collided head-on south of Baghdad. A sniper shot and killed a policeman manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. Gunmen with silencers opened fire from a speeding car on a police colonel and wounded him.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Ivory Coast new figures put up by a Gbagbo loyalist said that the incumbent president had in fact been re-elected. They put Gbagbo on top with more than 51% of the vote by chucking out some 500,000 ballots from Ouattara strongholds.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Kenya two attacks in Nairobi killed three police officers. Police asked the US FBI for help and hoped that advanced forensics would determine whether the attacks were linked and if they were carried out by terrorists.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Lebanon the militant Hezbollah group said it discovered what it said was an Israeli device on Hezbollah's private telecommunications network in the southern village of Majdel Silim. The device was apparently detonated remotely by the Israelis.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, Lithuania said a South Korean bidder, Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), had pulled out of a four-nation nuclear power plant project and another was rejected. Lithuania itself has been aiming to have a stake of around one-third, but there has been disagreement with Estonia, Latvia and Poland about their relative holdings and power share-out.
    (AFP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Mexican Judge Fernando Cordova del Valle ruled that prosecutors failed to bring enough evidence against Sandra Avila Beltran, described by US and Mexican officials as a major decision-maker for the Sinaloa gang, Mexico's most powerful cartel. The "Queen of the Pacific" had been charged with organized crime, conspiracy to traffic drugs and money laundering. Mexican police arrested Jacobo Tagle Dobin (31), a suspect in the 2005 kidnapping and presumed killing of Hugo Alberto Wallace (36), a Mexican businessman, whose crusading mother led a high-profile campaign that helped crack open the case. In January, 2011, Beltran was sentenced to time already served on a weapons charge.
    (AP, 12/3/10)(AP, 12/5/10)(AP, 2/6/11)
2010        Dec 3, The Netherlands' justice minister and five southern Dutch cities said they will implement new restrictions on marijuana cafes after a wave of drug-related gangland violence.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Pakistani police said they have arrested five suspects linked to an attack on a spy agency building in Lahore last year which killed 24 people. Police said the suspects belonged to the previously unknown Al-Toheed-wa-al-Jihad faction which falls under the umbrella Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority if Israel does not stop building settlements on occupied land.
    (AFP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Peru a bank robber held 34 people hostage for more than seven hours in a nationally televised drama that ended when a police sniper crawled through a ventilation duct and shot and killed him.
    (AP, 12/4/10)
2010        Dec 3, The Philippine government and communist rebels announced they will resume peace negotiations to end the 41-year-old Maoist insurgency early next year after the talks were suspended more than six years ago.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Poland the death toll from a deep freeze increased to 30 with a dozen more deaths overnight. The death toll across Europe reached at least 40.
    (AP, 12/3/10) 
2010        Dec 3, South Korea threatened to bomb North Korea if it tries a repeat of last week's attack, raising its rhetoric after the US warned of an "immediate threat" from Pyongyang.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, The Spanish government approved new austerity measures and a limited economic stimulus package to ease investor fears about its debt, and insisted again it was taking strong steps to right its ailing economy.
    (AP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 3, In Spain a sickout by air traffic controllers created travel chaos. Spain’s military assumed control and the government threatened the controllers with jail terms in an unprecedented emergency order to get planes back in the skies and clear chaotic airports clogged with irate travelers.
    (AP, 12/4/10)(SFC, 12/4/10, p.A2)

2011        Dec 3, Businessman Herman Cain, plagued by allegations of sexual harassment and marriage infidelity, announced that he is officially suspending his campaign for US president.
    (Reuters, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Colorado a small plane with 4 people crashed in the mountains near Silverton.
    (SFC, 12/5/11, p.A6)
2011        Dec 3, In eastern Afghanistan 3 troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Brazil a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others in the northeastern state of Bahia.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, The London-based Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO) reported that more than 2,800 so-called honor attacks, punishments for bringing shame on the family, were recorded by Britain's police in 2010.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Congo's Pres. Kabila, who is seeking a second term in a nation reeling from poverty and pummeled by war, was leading with just over 50 percent of the votes after early presidential poll results were released.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Early results from Egypt's first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties trounced in many areas. Full results after the first Nov 28-29 voting, which saw 62 percent turnout, have been delayed several times.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Guyana's new Pres. Donald Ramotar (61) was sworn in, pledging that his minority government will work with an opposition-controlled Parliament. Ramotar replaced Bharrat Jagdeo, who served the two-term maximum set by Guyana's constitution.
    (AP, 12/4/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Honduras a female Peace Corps volunteer was shot in the leg during an armed robbery in a bus in the city of San Pedro Sula. Two others were wounded. One of the three alleged robbers was killed by a bus passenger. A US government decision to pull out the entire Peace Corps delegation came 18 days later
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2011        Dec 3, A key ally of India’s ruling coalition said the government has "suspended" plans to open the nation's huge retail sector to global competition that have paralyzed parliament.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Thousands protested in India against the country's decision to compete in the London Olympics despite sponsorship of the Games by Dow chemical, a US firm linked to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Thousands of survivors of the tragedy blocked trains demanding more compensation.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)(SSFC, 12/4/11, p.A8)
2011        Dec 3, The Kenyan army said it had lost four troops killed in action against Somalia's Shebab Islamist rebels while 10 had been hospitalized with wounds since it launched its incursion in mid-October.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Nigeria suspected Muslim sect members shot and killed two people during a wedding ceremony in Maiduguri.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Pakistani actress Veena Malik said a nude photo has been published in violation of her agreement with FHM India and she was considering legal action against the magazine. She had posed in the nude for the Indian magazine with the initials of Pakistan's feared and powerful intelligence agency on her arm and triggered fury across her conservative nation.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Panama a small plane, piloted by a US citizen, crashed about 50 miles west of Panama City, killing pilot Monty Polo and Panamanian passenger Josue Cedeno.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In the Philippines more than 1,000 gays, lesbians and transgenders marched in Manila to demand equal rights, an end to discrimination, and more support for AIDS programs.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Sierra Leone's Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma officially declared the Gola Rainforest a national park.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, The head of Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church declared he will boycott state functions to protest against police allegations of child trafficking involving the Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Violence swept across Syria killing 25 people, most of them in a battle between troops and a growing force of army defectors who have joined the movement to oust President Bashar Assad. Syrian troops detained at least 27 people in the village of Talkalakh on the border with Lebanon and set fire to the homes of nine activists who were on the run. The Arab League approved details of sanctions against Syria aimed at pressuring the regime to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissent.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Tunisia thousands of Islamist supporters descended on central Tunis to confront liberal demonstrators rallying against extremism as lawmakers draft a new constitution.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, In Venezuela leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean pledged closer ties to safeguard their economies from the world financial crisis as they formed a new bloc on Saturday including every nation in the hemisphere except the US and Canada. The leaders formally launched the new bloc, known by its Spanish initials CELAC, by approving a declaration of shared principles as well as a clause dealing with democratic norms.
    (AP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Five Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda suspects on their post near the southern restive city of Zinjibar in Abyan province.
    (AFP, 12/4/11)

2012        Dec 3, In NYC Naeem Davis (30) shoved Ki-Suck Han (58) in front of an oncoming subway train. Davis, who later said he was high on drugs, was charged with 2nd degree murder.
    (SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A10)
2012        Dec 3, Software company founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is still on the run.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
2012        Dec 3, In Afghanistan two NATO coalition service members were killed in a bomb attack in the country's south.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
2012        Dec 3, It was reported that Moktar Belmoktar, an Algerian-born jihadist, has decided to leave the al-Qaida franchise AQIM in order to create a movement spanning the entire Sahara desert.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
2012        Dec 3, Software company founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is still on the run. He escaped to Guatemala and requested asylum.
    (AP, 12/3/12)(SFC, 12/5/12, p.E1)
2012        Dec 3, Gambia detained Imam Baba Leigh. Media reports linked his arrest with comments he made in August 2012 in which he described the executions of nine people carried out by the government as "un-Islamic." Leigh was released on May 10, 2013.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2012        Dec 3, In the Netherlands volunteer soccer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen (42) died a day after he was beaten by players from Osdorp following a match against his club Buitenboys in the city of Almere. The offenders, aged 14-17, were all ethnic Moroccans.
    (Econ, 1/12/13, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/cdpsf42)
2012        Dec 3, In Northern Ireland a vote in the Belfast City Council reduced sharply the flying of the British flag atop the city hall. The Alliance Party, which represents middle-ground opinion and seeks support from both sides of the community, voted with the Catholic side to take down the flag except for 18 official days annually. Protestants reacted with violence.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 3, In Pakistan a gunman on a motorcycle shot and severely wounded an elderly Swedish woman who worked at a church in Lahore. Also in Lahore, gunmen desecrated over 100 graves of Ahmadis, members of a persecuted religious sect. A bomb ripped through a police van as it was patrolling the outskirts of Peshawar, killing two officers and wounding two others. A gunman riding on a motorcycle killed the leader of an Islamic seminary in the southern city of Karachi.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
2012        Dec 3, Peru asked the UN’s highest court to set a maritime border between it and Chile, which insisted that the border was clearly set by treaties signed in 1952 and 1954.
    (SFC, 12/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Dec 3, Syrian warplanes bombed a security building that had been taken over by rebels along the Turkish border, killing at least one person, wounding 20 more and sending dozens of civilians fleeing across the frontier. A regime shell attack on the Aleppo neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr killed 12 men. 13 people were reported dead in a separate attack in Aleppo's Halak neighborhood. At least 17 unidentified bodies were found in the Damascus suburb of Thiyabiyeh.
    (AP, 12/3/12)(AP, 12/4/12)

2013        Dec 3, The US voiced solidarity with Japan against China's claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as VP Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In California El Centro police officers pulled over Charlie Sampson (57) under suspicion of his being a drug dealer. Police repeatedly ignored signs of his medical distress and Sampson died hours later. An edited video of the arrest was released on October 8, 2015.
    (AP, 10/9/15)
2013        Dec 3, In Florida a number of pilot whales were spotted in extremely shallow water in the Everglades park south of Naples. 22 whales died after a pod of 51 was first spotted.
    (SFC, 12/6/13, p.A12)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)
2013        Dec 3, The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall. Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign it.
    (SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)
2013        Dec 3, US Federal Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit is eligible to proceed with its Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest public US bankruptcy to date.
    (SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.29)
2013        Dec 3, In southern Afghanistan roadside bombs killed 9 people, including six civilians, as insurgents pressed forward with a relentless campaign against the government and its security forces.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Belgium more than 130 vehicles were involved in three pileups in a dense morning fog. At least one person was killed.
    (SFC, 12/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Dec 3, Ida Pollock (b.1908), romance novelist, died in southwest England. Her more than 120 books included some 70 "bodice-rippers" for romance publisher Mills & Boon, the British arm of Harlequin Enterprises.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 3, In the Central African Republic UN officials said at least 12 people of the Peuhl Muslim minority, including children and a pregnant woman, have been killed by Christian vigilantes.
    (AFP, 12/4/13)
2013        Dec 3, Prominent Egyptian youth leader Ahmed Duma was arrested for participating in a protest, the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm (84), renowned for his revolutionary poetry and outspoken criticism of Arab political leaders, died. He became recognized as a voice of protest in 1967 when he wrote poems on the Arab-Israeli war, which were highly acclaimed.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a published interview that France will allow private security forces to protect its shipping fleet against the threat of piracy.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Retired French general Paul Aussaresses (b.1918) died. He led a "death squadron" that tortured people during Algeria's 1954-1962 war of independence. In 2004 he was fined 7,500 euros ($10,200) for defending torture and had his membership of the prestigious Order of the Legion d'Honneur removed by then President Jacques Chirac.
    (AFP, 12/4/13)
2013        Dec 3, French experts released findings that ruled out the poisoning theory of Yasser Arafat and went in the sense of a natural death. This differed significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was killed by polonium poisoning.
    (AFP, 12/4/13)
2013        Dec 3, Hong Kong officials said they will quarantine 17 people after the city confirmed its first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Indonesia top trade officials began talks that will either produce an eleventh hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization's relevance as a forum for negotiations.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Iran's foreign ministry asked Afghanistan not to sign a security deal with the US that could keep thousands of American and allied forces in its neighboring country for another decade.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Iraq attacks mostly targeting Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and western Iraq killed at least 23 people.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Italian PM Enrico Letta announced measures to try to combat a fresh rubbish emergency in the area around the southern city of Naples where organized crime and widespread abuse have created a chronic environmental crisis.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Mali excavation began on a mass grave containing 21 skulls near the Kati military barracks, formerly the fief of Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo. The spot where the remains were found matches the place where witnesses said around 20 soldiers were shot and killed by troops loyal to Sanogo in May 2012.
    (AP, 12/4/13)
2013        Dec 3, Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved an electoral reform demanded by the opposition, helping pave the way for Congress to focus on an energy bill at the center of President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic agenda.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it has completed building the hull of the world's largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Nigerian university lecturers vowed to press on with their five-month strike over pay and conditions, on the eve of a government ultimatum to go back to work or be sacked.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Peru prosecutors said the remains of 54 people, mostly women and children, have been found in 19 graves in the town of Chungui. Experts believed the victims were killed perhaps in 1986 during the first term of president Alan García (1985-1990).
    (AFP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, In Russia Bolshoi star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison over an acid attack on the ballet's director that exposed vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, South Africa's government launched a widely unpopular road toll around the economic hub of Johannesburg, a move likely to heighten tensions with its union allies and alienate some voters in the run-up to next year's elections.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, South Korean lawmakers said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have dismissed Jang Song Thaek, a powerful uncle and a man key to his rise to power, from his posts.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A3)
2013        Dec 3, Syria's state TV reported that a suicide attacker blew himself up in central Damascus, killing 4 and wounding 17 others. Syria's Greek Orthodox patriarch appealed for the quick release of 12 nuns abducted by opposition forces a day earlier.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Thailand's government ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the fight would go on.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, Ukraine's opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote, leaving the country's political tensions unresolved with calls for more mass protests.
    (AP, 12/3/13)
2013        Dec 3, UN forces in Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft to monitor the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time UN peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The UN announced its peacekeeping troops will go after other armed groups in the DRC, after helping to defeat the M23 rebel force.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)(AFP, 12/3/13)

2014        Dec 3, US officials said they have indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq 10 days earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Psychotherapist and writer Nathaniel Brandon (84), former devotee and lover of Ayn Rand, died at his home in Los Angeles. 
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.E8)
2014        Dec 3, The Afghan government said it will send a delegation to Iran to ask the government to extend temporary visas to allow 760,000 Afghan refugees who have no documents and risk deportation to stay on for at least a year.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Afghanistan an attack on a police checkpoint in northern Jawzjan province killed 4 local policemen.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 3, Britain’s Treasury chief George Osborne unveiled plans to crack down on multinational tax avoiders as he sought to deflect criticism for failing to meet his budget targets.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In northeastern China an employee of the central bank shot and killed two colleagues at the branch he was working at in Dashiqiao city, Liaoning province.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In France Faouzi Lamdaoui, an adviser to President Francois Hollande, resigned after being summoned to answer charges of fraud by a Paris criminal court. Lamdaoui, an equality and diversity advisor, was suspected of misusing corporate assets, money laundering and forgery from 2007 to 2008 related to a transport company he founded.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Germany's cabinet agreed on plans to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tons by 2020 to help Europe's biggest economy meet ambitious targets to fight climate change.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Japanese space explorer took off on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth. Hayabusa2, is expected to reach the asteroid in mid-2018.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Lebanese military expert was killed and two others were wounded when a bomb they were about to dismantle near the border with Syria exploded.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Libya warplanes struck the western port of Zuwara.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Palestinian (16) stabbed two Israelis in a supermarket in the West Bank before a private security guard shot him. The guard shot the attacker in the legs and police later arrested him.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Somalia a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a UN convoy near Mogadishu's airport, killing 3 people.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In South Africa golfer Jackques van der Sandt (29) was grabbed and killed by a crocodile while retrieving gold balls from Lake Panic dam in Kruger National Park. Rangers killed the crocodile after a two-hour search.  
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 3, Sweden's parliament voted down the minority center-left coalition's budget proposal sparking a government crisis and raising the chance PM Stefan Lofven will call a snap election for early next year.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Human Rights Watch urged Turkey to remove from its border with Syria landmines which have killed 3 people and wounded nine among more than 2,000 Syrian refugees camped in a minefield.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In the Turkmen frontier village of Ak-Yayla the presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan attended the official opening of a railway line linking landlocked Central Asia with the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Holy See recalled Jozef Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Venezuela Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, was informed that she would be charged with conspiracy alleging involvement in a purported plot to kill Pres. Maduro. She denied that charges and supposed evidence.
    (SFC, 12/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 3, In Yemen a car bomb attack on the Iranian ambassador's house in the capital Sanaa killed 2 Yemeni soldiers and a civilian. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)

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