Monday, December 3, 2012
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On December 3 in

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

1925 George Gershwin's Concerto in F had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin at the piano.

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

1960 The Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot opened on Broadway.

1967 Surgeons 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 new heart.

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

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.

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.

In The Star

Dec. 3, 1937, in The Star: A short article reviews the extremely successful coaching career of Frank Thomas, “generalissimo” of the unbeaten, untied University of Alabama football team. It’s a team that hasn’t lost since the last game of the 1935 season (14-6 to Vanderbilt). His record since coming to Alabama in 1931 is 56-6-3 and includes two national titles.

Dec. 3, 1987, in The Star: John B. LaGarde, who’s almost 85 years old and has been in the concrete business since 1928, has sold his business to Southern Ready Mix Co. of Birmingham for an undisclosed sum. It was understood to be several million dollars, however, but less than $15 million. LaGarde has operated the company bearing his name at its North Wilmer Avenue site since 1931. Southern Ready Mix is owned by a Finnish company.

Birthdays of Monday, Dec. 3:

Director Jean-Luc Godard is 82.
Singer Jaye P. Morgan ("The Gong Show") is 81.
Actress Mary Alice is 71.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 64.
Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship is 63.
Bassist Paul Gregg of Restless Heart is 58.
Actor Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") is 57.
Actress Daryl Hannah is 52.
Actress Julianne Moore is 52.
Actor Brendan Fraser is 44.
Singer Montell Jordan is 44.
Actor-comedian Royale Watkins is 43.
Actress Holly Marie Combs ("Charmed") is 39.
Actress Liza Lapira ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23") is 37.
Musician Daniel Bedingfield is 33.
Actress Anna Chlumsky is 32.
Actor Brian Bonsall ("Family Ties") is 31.
Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 29.
Actress Amanda Seyfried is 27.
Actor Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place") is 18.

TV listings

Untold History of the United States, 7 p.m. on Showtime: The Cold War is the subject of this new episode, which chronicles the emergence of the conflict's many causes, although it's never clear who started it. Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, the civil war in Greece and the Red Scare at home are among the events covered in "Cold War: Truman, Wallace, Stalin, Churchill & the Bomb."

2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m. on CBS: As they get ready to open their cupcake shop, Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs), realize they need help with some of the work, so they hire an intern. Max, however, isn't exactly comfortable having an underling in this new episode.

Hoarders, 8 p.m. on A&E: Animal lovers might want to skip this new episode, which features a woman who takes "crazy cat lady" to a whole new level. (Yeah, we remember when A&E used to be a classy channel, too.) Her son thinks Terry's hoarding springs from childhood guilt over her father's death. Whatever the cause, she desperately needs help, as does Adele, whose home is in such bad shape that she's using a bucket for a toilet and doing her laundry in a kiddie pool.

Castle, 9 p.m. on ABC: When a bearded, rotund man in a red Santa suit with an ID reading “Kris Kringle” falls from the sky in Central Park, Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) are on the hunt to find the person who killed Santa, and they discover this St. Nick may have been more naughty than nice in this new episode.

Intervention, 9 p.m. on A&E: This new episode profiles Sandi, a vivacious 64-year-old who loves gardening. Unfortunately, she also loves gin, which turns this lovable grandmother into Ms. Hyde as her consumption escalates through the day — and nobody is safe from her rages, not even her own 88-year-old mother. If her loved ones can't persuade her to get help, her family bonds could be severed for good.

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: The title of this holiday special is a bit misleading, since Shelton's wife, fellow country crooner Miranda Lambert, is part of the show, along with his fellow "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Leno, Reba McEntire and Larry the Cable Guy. They'll present seasonal songs old and new along with some comedy bits to get you in the holiday spirit.

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