Today in History for 3rd December 2019

Historical Events

741 – St Zachary begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Gregory III
1953 – “In the Jailhouse Now” single recorded by Webb Pierce (Billboard Song of the Year 1955)
1982 – After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans
1984 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by Band Aid is released in the UK
1991 – Muslim Shi’ites release US hostage Alan Steen
2005 – 10th Big 12 Championship Game: #2 Texas beats Colorado, 70-3

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Famous Birthdays

1750 – Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, German composer, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1817)
1838 – Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement, born in London, England (d. 1912)
1880 – Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (d. 1945)
1925 – Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2005)
1952 – Benny Hinn, American televangelist
1974 – Charl Willoughby, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 3 ODIs; Somerset), born in Cape Town, South Africa

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Famous Deaths

1154 – Anastasius IV, Pope (1153-54), dies
1890 – Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), dies of insanity at 39
1894 – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist (Treasure Island), dies at 45
1937 – Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies
1992 – Harry Ellerbe, actor (House of Usher, Magnetic Monster), dies at 91
1994 – Elizabeth Meyer, wife of Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47

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