2021 December

December 3: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 3

December 3rd celebrates Make A Gift Day and Roof Over Your Head Day.

Today is the 337th day of the year, and there’s only 22 days left until Christmas.

If you were born on December 3, your star sign is Sagittarius.

If today is your birthday, you’ll love to know about how important this day has been in history. Here you’ll find facts about celebrities born on this day, as well as historic events that changed the world!

Did you know that on this day in 1994, the original PlayStation launched in Japan? It became the first video game console to ship 100 million units.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 3rd in history!

What Happened On December 3 In History?

2019

The 70th anniversary of NATO was marked by a gathering in London of world leaders, followed by a reception by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Source NATO
2019

Spotify announced Drake as the most streamed star of the 2010’s with 28 billion streams, and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” as most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams.

Source BBC
2018

The 7-year old Ryan of “Ryan Toysreview” was announced as the year’s highest-paid YouTube star earning $22 million.

Source Forbes
2017

The first pizza party was held in space.

Held by astronauts of the International Space Station, the event was spurred by an Italian astronaut mention that he missed pizza. NASA sent up the ingredients and history was made!
Source BBC
1999

NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere.

Source NASA
1994

The original PlayStation launched in Japan.

OTD in 1994: The original PlayStation launched in Japan.
1989

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare an end to the Cold War.

1967

Seven armed men attempted to assassinate Bob Marley while he was on break from rehearsal.

1926

Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for 11 days.

OTD in 1926: Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for 11 days.
On this day Agatha Christie drove off from her home and went missing for 11 days. Authorities found her car, but not Christie. She was later found at a hotel, where she herself had no memory of the days prior.
1910

Neon lighting was first demonstrated at the Paris Motor Show by Georges Claude.

1818

Illinois became the 21st state to join the United States of America.

Did you know that on this day, December 3rd 1994, the original PlayStation launched in Japan?