Celebrate together on the 337th day of the year. December 3rd has fountains of festivities.
December 3rd is a holiday for telescopes, gift making, hugs and more. Duos, jazz fans and others mark December 3rd as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular December 3rd holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Let’s Hug Day
Who’s feeling all warm and fuzzy, with the holidays approaching? December 3rd is Let’s Hug Day, a heartfelt holiday that fosters hugging, rather than slugging.
Perhaps it’s an old wives’ tale, but folks have often claimed that hugs are actually helpful. Is it possible that hugging may help to reduce heart disease, headaches, high blood pressure, stress and other ailments?
What have you got to lose? It’s Let’s Hug Day on December 3rd. (Just be sure to pick someone you already know, so December 3rd doesn’t also become Let’s Get Arrested for Assault and Battery Day.)
Make a Gift Day
Just 22 days remain until Christmas, and December 3rd is Make a Gift Day. Do you have a knack for crafts, aflair with a paintbrush or sculpting skills? Why not whip up something special for someone on your holiday gift list today?
Be creative on December 3rd for Make a Gift Day.
Galileo Galilei, a 16th Century Italian astronomer and scientist, invented the telescope – presumably on December 3, 1621.
Telescope Day marks this ocular occasion annually on December 3rd. How about taking a trip to the planetarium, if you do not have a telescope at home? Take a look up t the night skies, and try to name as many of the heavenly bodies as you can spy.
Three’s a Crowd Day
Of course, December 3rd is also Three’s a Crowd Day. Remember the ancient expression, “Two’s company; three’s a crowd”? This perhaps antisocial holiday recalls this claim of exclusivity, as folks may seek opportunities to celebrate the day in pairs, practicing sports and other activities just for two.
Perhaps ironically, a larger crowd, growing out of control, actually crushed 11 people during a concert by The Who at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 3, 1979.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for December 3rd: Abbo, Abran, Agricola, Anthemius, Attalia, Bernard of Toulouse, Birinus, Cassian of Tangiers, Claudius the Martyr and Crispin of Africa.
Additional December 3rd saints include Edward Coleman, Eloque, Ethernan, Francis Xavier, Hilaria the Martyr, Jason the Martyr, Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer and John of Africa.
Still more December 3rd saints are Lucius, Lucy the Chaste, Magina of Africa, Maurus the Martyr, Mirocles of Milan, Sola, Stephen of Africa and Veranus.
Notable Anniversaries on December 3rd:
Illinois received American statehood on December 3, 1818, becoming the 21st State in the Union.
On December 3, 1947, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize (1948) winning drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” first opened on Broadway. Directed by Elia Kazan, the play featured a stellar cast, including Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden and Jessica Tandy.
The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) released their “Rubber Soul” album on December 3, 1965. The Fab Four’s sixth studio album, “Rubber Soul” included such hit songs as “Baby, You Can Drive My Car,” “In My Life,” “Michelle,” “Nowhere Man” and Run for Your Life.”
The first human heart transplant took place on December 3, 1967, when Dr. Christiaan Barnard spearheaded a team of surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, operating on Louis Washkansky, a 54-year old grocery manager. The patient lived for 18 days after the surgery.
More than 4,000 people perished from pesticide poisoning in Bhopal, India, when a gaseous leak broke out at a Union Carbide affiliate plant on December 3, 1984.
Various Other December 3rd Holidays
December 3rd is also Aardvark Week Holiday, Apple Pie Day, Bona Dea – Good Goddess Festival (Roman), Chanukah (varies), Day Without Crime (Illinois), Disabled Persons Awareness Day, Fairies’ Fairy and Goblin Taunt-and-Tease Saturnalia Holiday, Feast Day of St. Lucius the King and Confessor and Feast of Liu-Hsing – Stellar God of Happiness (China).
Additional December 3rd holidays include Festal Day of St. Sola the Hermit, Grange Day, Hanukkah (varies), Ice Cream Box Day, Illinois Admission Day, International Day of Disabled Persons, Jazz Day and Mexican Artisans Day.
Still more December 3rd holidays are Neon Lighting Day, Reinvigorate Your Brain by Reading Something Today Day, Singapore Independence Day, St. Birinus Festal Celebration Day, St. Cassian of Tangier’s Day, St. Francis Xavier of the Indies Holiday and Tupou Day (Tonga).
Happy December 3rd to one and all!
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