Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 3 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 3 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1959 | Independence for Sudan is agreed upon by Britain and Egypt. 

1967 | The first human heart transplant in the world is performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

1971 | King Goodwill Zwelithini is crowned as the eighth monarch of the Zulu nation.

1986 | Winnie Mandela is attacked while ANC leader Nelson Mandela was in prison. She blamed the apartheid government for the attack. 

1995 | At least 71 people die when Cameroon Airlines Flight 3701 crashes when it was landing on Douala International Airport in Douala, Cameroon.

2009 | 25 people die, including three ministers when a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia is bombed. 

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1993 | South African actor, Thomas Mogotlane (40)

2013 | Commander of Egyptian Air Force, Reda Mahmoud Hafez Mohamed (61)

2013 | Egyptian poet, Ahmed Fouad Negm (84)


1950 | South African anti-apartheid activist, Muntu Myeza

1955 | South African athlete, Bruce Fordyce

1973 | South African cricketer, Charl Willoughby

1976 | South African cricketer, Mark Boucher

1982 | Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien


2011 | CAF Under-23 Championship in Morocco, Egypt beat South Africa 2-0 in Group B.

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2018 | Luka Modrić, Real Madrid’s midfielder, wins the men’s Ballon d’Or award.


1967 | An assassination attempt on Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley.

2019 | Spotify name Kabza De Small as the most-streamed South African artist.


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