1854 – The Eureka Stockade battle was fought between miners and the Colonial forces of Australia on the 3rd December 1854 at Eureka Lead, a small town in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The battle over mining licences resulted in the deaths of 22 miners, becoming the most significant conflict in the colonial history of Victoria. The Eureka Stockade was also known as the birth of Australian democracy.
1883 – Anton Webern the Austrian composer was born on the 3rd December 1883 (died 1945).
1968 – Brendan Fraser the Canadian-American actor was born on the 3rd December 1968.
1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter on the 3rd December 1973.
1976 – Bob Marley had an assassination attempt on his life on the 3rd December 1976, when he was shot twice, but still played a concert 2 days later.
1992 ~ SMS messaging was used for the very first time on the 3rd December 1992, when 22 year old Neil Papworth, a test engineer for Sema Group in the UK (now Airwide Solutions) sent the world’s first ever text message. Since mobile phones didn’t have keyboards at the time, he typed the “Merry Christmas” message out on a PC, and sent it to the phone of Richard Jarvis of Vodafonein the UK, who was enjoying his office Christmas party at the time. No-one on that day had any idea how gigantic the texting phenomenon would become, as this concept was for them to use essentially as a paging service.
2012 ~ The KATE MiDDLETON official pregnancy announcement was made by St. James Palace on behalf of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William on the 3rd December 2012, when Kate was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with a rare form of severe morning sickness. The Duchess was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that is often experienced by women expecting twins, and being 3 times more likely to have a multiple birth.