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On This Day in History - 3rd December

Birthdays

1795Sir Roland Hill, Postal Pioneer and founder of the 'Penny Post'
1930Andy Williams, Popular American ballad singer
1930Jean Luc Godard, French film director
1942Mike Gibson, Most 'Capped' Irish international rugby player ever
1945Paul Nicholas, Actor and singer
1948Ozzy Osbourne, Singer/songwriter
1952Mel Smith, Actor & comedian; partner to Griff Rhys Jones

Events

1894Robert Louis Stevenson, author of 'Kidnapped' & 'Treasure Island, died on the island of Samoa
1919The renowned French painter, Pierre Auguste Renoir, died
1961The whole of south East England was plunged into darkness for two hours, due to an error by an electrician
1967In South Africa, Dr Christian Barnard performed the first ever heart transplant operation, on Louis Washansky
1971Pakistan launched a war against India
1972The worst air crash in Spanish aviation history took place, when a plane crashed in the Canary Islands