HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Dec. 3, 1984, thou­sands of peo­ple died af­ter a cloud of methyl iso­cyanate gas es­caped from a pes­ti­cide plant op­er­ated by a Union Car­bide sub­sidiary in Bhopal, In­dia.

On this date:

1828: An­drew Jack­son was elected pres­i­dent of the United States by the Elec­toral Col­lege.

1833: Ober­lin Col­lege in Ohio — the first truly co­ed­u­ca­tional school of higher learn­ing in the United States — be­gan hold­ing classes.

1926: English mys­tery writer Agatha Christie, 36, dis­ap­peared af­ter driv­ing away from her home in Sun­ning­dale, Berk­shire. Christie turned up 11 days later at a ho­tel in

Har­ro­gate, York­shire.

1947: The Ten­nessee Wil­liams play “A Street­car Named De­sire” opened on Broad­way.

1964: Po­lice ar­rested some 800 stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, one day af­ter the stu­dents stormed the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing and staged a mas­sive sit-in.

1967: A sur­gi­cal team in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Chris­ti­aan Barnard per­formed the first hu­man heart trans­plant on Louis Washkan­sky, who lived 18 days with the donor or­gan, which came from Denise Dar­vall, a 25-year-old bank clerk who had died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

1979: 11 peo­ple were killed in a crush of fans at Cincin­nati’s River­front Coli­seum, where the Bri­tish rock group The Who was per­form­ing.

1980: Ber­na­dine Dohrn, a for­mer leader of the rad­i­cal Weather Un­der­ground, sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties in Chicago af­ter more than a decade as a fugi­tive.

1991: Rad­i­cals in Le­banon re­leased Amer­i­can hostage Alann Steen, who’d been held cap­tive nearly five years.

1992: The first tele­phone text mes­sage was sent by Bri­tish en­gi­neer Neil Pap­worth, who trans­mit­ted the greet­ing “Merry Christ­mas” from his work com­puter in New­bury, Berk­shire, to Voda­fone ex­ec­u­tive Richard Jarvis’ mo­bile phone.

1999: Tori Mur­den of the United States be­came the first woman to row across the At­lantic Ocean alone as she ar­rived at the French Caribbean is­land of Guade­loupe, 81 days af­ter leav­ing the Ca­nary Is­lands near the coast of Africa.

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent-elect Barack Obama selected New Mex­ico Gov. Bill Richard­son as his com­merce sec­re­tary. How­ever, Richard­son with­drew a month later when it appeared his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings would be com­pli­cated by a grand jury in­ves­ti­ga­tion over how state con­tracts were is­sued to po­lit­i­cal donors; Gary Locke ended up be­ing ap­pointed. The­o­log­i­cal con­ser­va­tives up­set by lib­eral views of U.S. Epis­co­palians and Cana­dian Angli­cans formed a ri­val North Amer­i­can prov­ince.

Five years ago: Seek­ing to re­group from his health care law’s dis­as­trous roll­out, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in­sisted the sweep­ing over­haul was work­ing and warned Repub­li­can crit­ics that he would fight any ef­forts to strip away its pro­tec­tions. A fed­eral judge ruled Detroit could use bank­ruptcy to cut em­ployee pen­sions and re­lieve it­self of other crush­ing debts, hand­ing a de­feat to the city’s unions and re­tirees and shift­ing the case into a del­i­cate new phase.

One year ago: The sec­ond-largest U.S. drug­store chain, CVS, an­nounced that it was buy­ing Aetna, the third-largest health in­surer, in or­der to push much deeper into cus­tomer care. For­mer long­time Illi­nois con­gress­man John Anderson, who ran for pres­i­dent as an in­de­pen­dent in 1980, died in Wash­ing­ton at the age of 95.

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