On this day December 3-9, 2023 (week 49) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 3-9, 2023 (week 49)

December 3, 2023 - December 9, 2023 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week. This week features the operatic soprano Maria Callas, Pope Julius II, South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela, the Boeing 747, the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first heavyweight boxing champion, and the first commercially available Christmas card.

December 3, 1923: Maria Callas, renowned operatic soprano famed for her dramatic interpretations and bel canto technique, was born to Greek parents in New York City

December 4, 1443: Pope Julius II, who reigned from 1503-13 and was the patron of Michaelangelo and Raphael, who painted the portrait above, was born as Giuliano della Rovere

December 5, 2013: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died at age 95. An anti-apartheid icon, he led the transition from white-minority rule to democracy in 1994

December 6, 2022: The last Boeing 747, the 1,574th in total, rolled off the production line at Boeing’s Everett plant near Seattle. The 747 was the world’s first wide-body airliner

December 7, 1993: U.S. astronauts carried out the first repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope, including installing equipment to counteract a flaw in Hubble’s primary mirror

December 8, 1863: English boxer Tom King defeated American John Heenan to become the world’s first heavyweight champion. The fight lasted 35 minutes and 25 rounds

December 9, 1843: The first commercially available Christmas card was created in England. Two batches totalling 2,050 cards were printed and sold for one shilling each

PUBLISHED: 20/11/2023; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom