A to Z This Day in World History | December 3rd

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Here are some historical events that happened on December 3:

1775: The USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag, considered the first national flag of the United States, during the American Revolutionary War.

1818: Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.

1833: Oberlin College in Ohio becomes the first coeducational institution of higher learning in the United States.

1967: The first successful human heart transplant is performed by South African surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard.

1971: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins as Pakistan launches pre-emptive air strikes on 11 Indian airbases.

1989: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President George H.W. Bush declare the Cold War over during a summit meeting on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

1992: The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching A Coruña, Spain, causing a massive environmental disaster.

1997: In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty, prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines.

2012: At least 112 people are killed and more than 200 injured in a fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil.

These are just a few examples, and many more events have occurred on December 3 throughout history.

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