December 3rd

2009
Comcast and GE announced joint venture plans, with Comcast owning a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal.
NBCUniversal
1999
Scientists failed to make contact with the Mars Polar Lander after it began its fiery descent toward the red planet. the spacecraft was presumed destroyed.
Mir
1997
South Korea struck a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a $55 billion bailout of its foundering economy.
Economy of India
1989
East German Communist leader Egon Krenz, the ruling Politburo and the party's Central Committee resigned.
Egon Krenz
1984
Bhopal Gas Disaster. A gas leak from a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal, India killed over 2000 people and affected thousands of others. It is said to be the world's worst industrial disaster.
Bhopal disaster
1979
Eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum before a rock concert by the Who.
The Who concert disaster
1970
Ayatollah Khomeini takes office. The Iranian religious leader was a leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Ruhollah Khomeini
1967
Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.
Christiaan Barnard
1965
The album 'Rubber Soul' by the Beatles was released.
Rubber Soul
1964
Police arrested some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley who had stormed the administration buildingthe previous day and staged a massive sit-in.
December 1964
1948
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.
Harry Dexter White
1927
First Laurel & Hardy movie released. Putting Pants on Philip, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of a long partnership.
Putting Pants on Philip
1919
French painter and sculptor Pierre A. Renoir died at age 78.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1910
First public demonstration of neon lights. Seen in most urban settings and cities today, the neon light was invented by French inventor and engineer, Georges Claude. They were first displayed at the Paris Motor Show.
Georges Claude
1854
Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
Eureka Rebellion
1833
Oberlin College in Ohio became the first coed institution of higher learning in the U.S.
Oberlin College
1828
Andrew Jackson was elected the seventh president of the United States.
Andrew Jackson
1818
Illinois joins the Union. The midwestern state became the 21st state to be part of the United State. 3 U.S. presidents call it their home state.
Union County, Illinois
1586
Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia.
Thomas Harriot