On this day
England said hello to the potato.
No, really! In 1586, Sir Thomas Herriot introduced potatoes to England from Colombia. They have been a staple in English cuisine ever since – and no, it wasn’t Sir Walter Raleigh who brought them back – he in fact introduced them to Ireland.
The Eureka Stockade took place.
In 1854, the Eureka Stockade took place, during which more than 20 Ballarat gold miners in Victoria were killed by troopers of state in an uprising over mining licenses. It is said to have been the birth of Australian democracy.
The first-ever human heart transplant took place.n
In 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first-ever human heart transplant – the lucky recipient was Louis Washansky. It’s a procedure that’s been repeated many, many times since – amazing that we can transplant such crucial organs between people!
The Cold War came to an end.
In 1989, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush declared that the Cold War was over. It had begun back in 1947. However, tensions between Russia and the US have persisted since that time – that said, this moment marked an end to a bitter stalemate that terrified millions.
Space had a party
In 2017, the first-ever pizza party in space was held by astronauts of the International Space Station. At least they didn’t have to worry about junk food affecting their weight up there!
Special Days Falling on December 3rdThis December 3rd, take a step away from all the standard festivals you’re used to, and focus on some of the biggest events you may have never heard of taking place around the world today!
Day of Navarre
December 3rd is extremely important for certain people of Spain – the Day of Navarre remembers the passing of St. Francis Xavier. Celebrated only in Navarre, it’s a public holiday that sees businesses and organizations close, and all kinds of parades take place across the region.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Beyond Navarre, people all over the world recognize St. Francis Xavier on December 3rd on his very own feast day. Xavier worked tirelessly as a Christian missionary across Asia and Europe. To this day, his body lies in state at the Basilica of Born Jesus over in Goa – a UNESCO Heritage site. It remains a popular pilgrimage site for many people who follow Christianity and who want to show gratitude for St. Francis’ work.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Every December 3rd is also International Day of Persons with Disabilities! The day is meant to encourage people to focus on the challenges faced by people living with disabilities every single day. It is a day dedicated to people with both mental and physical disabilities and encourages us all to work harder to ensure that all people in the world have access to equal opportunities.