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On this day: December 3

Published: Dec 02 2012 11:34:22 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Laurel and Hardy team up, a human heart is transplanted for the first time, an assassin targets Bob Marley, and the first text message is sent via phone, all on this day.

OTD December 3 - Grand Union Flag
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1775: The Grand Union flag, the precursor to the Stars and Stripes, is raised aboard the Continental Navy vessel Alfred by Lt. John Paul Jones.

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