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DECEMBER 3

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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1712 Georg Frederick Handel's Opera, "Il pastor fido," Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 62 ("Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" I) Is First Performed in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Pipe Organ Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1739 Georg Frederick Handel's "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day," Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1740 Georg Frederick Handel's Opera, "Il pastor fido," Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1846 Iowans Inaugurate Their First Governor, Ansel Briggs Iowa Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1883 In Ohio, Oberlin Holds Its First Classes Ohio Education Education Historic Firsts Oberlin College
1887 In Washington, the First Trains Cross the Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge Spanning the Columbia River Between Pasco and Kennewick Washington Columbia River Bridges Railroad Historic Firsts History Link
1908 Edward Elgar's "Symphony No. 1" Is First Performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England English Composers Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1910 First Neon Lamp Displayed in Paris Paris Light Neon Historic Firsts
1922 The First Radio Program Is Broadcast in Puerto Rico on Station WKAQ Puerto Rico Radio Historic Firsts Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League
1925 George Gershwin Premieres His Concerto in F at Carnegie Hall in New York City George Gershwin American Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1931 The First Alka Seltzer Is Sold Drugs and Medicines Alka Seltzer Historic Firsts
1947 Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Opens on Broadway New York City Tennessee Williams Plays Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database Mississippi Writers Page Writer's Almanac
WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee Is Established as the First Television Station in Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Television Historic Firsts WTMJ-TV Wisconsin Historical Society
1954 Samuel Barber's Oratorio "Prayers of Kierkegaard" for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra Is First Performed by the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Samuel Barber American Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1963 Aaron Copland's Ballet, "Dance Panels," Is First Performed in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany Aaron Copland American Composers Ballet Historic Firsts American Public Media
1967 South African Doctor, Christiaan Barnard, Performs the First Successful Human Heart Transplant Christiaan Barnard The Heart Medical Research Historic Firsts History Channel South African History Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1978 Michigan Is the First Industrial State to Enact a Beverage Container Deposit Law Michigan Government Earth and Environmental Sciences Food and Nutrition Tax Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1999 Scientists Fail to Make Contact with the Mars Polar Lander on Its Descent; the Spacecraft Is Presumed Destroyed Space Exploration Mars NASA

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