Born on this day 3rd December
1795 Rowland Hill
1857 Joseph Conrad
1930 Andy Williams
1944 Ralph McTell
1945 Paul Nicholas
1948 Ozzy Osbourne
1951 Nicky Stevens
1952 Mel Smith
1959 Eamonn Holmes
1960 Daryl Hannah
1962 Richard Bacon
1969 Bill Steer
1971 Frank Sinclair
1978 Dan Snow
1981 Louise Roe
1992 Joseph McManners
1997 Hayley Okines
1965 The Beatles began their final UK tour.
1977 The Carpenters spent their last week on the UK Top 20 with ‘Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’.
1977 Paul McCartney’s ‘Mull of Kintyre’ hit No. 1 and stayed there for nine weeks!.
1983 East German rugby player Burt Weiss escaped to West Berlin by swimming underwater using a home made snorkel.
1984 George Best was released on bail for drink driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail
1989 The Sony Playstation went on sale, initially in Japan.
1991 Brian May, appearing on TV-am, said Freddie Mercury had known he was suffering from Aids five years before his death.
1993 The Princess of Wales announced she was retiring from public life to spend more time with her children.
1591 The first recorded example of a Fire-Insurance was dated today. Originating in Hamburg, the document was signed by 101 persons who were property owners of the city.
1954 A Commons Committee agreed the minimum age for receiving a state pension should be 68 for men and 63 for women.
1963 Nelson Mandela went on trial in South Africa, charged with treason.
1967 The English language mass was introduced in Roman Catholic churches across the UK.
1971 Pakistan went to war with India.
1997 The government banned British beef on the bone because of the ‘very small risk’ it could cause Creutzfeldz-Jacob Disease