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This Day in History: Dec. 3

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

1818: Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

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

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

1953: The musical “Kismet,” featuring the song “Stranger in Paradise,” opened on Broadway.

1960: The Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot” opened on Broadway.

1965: The Beatles' sixth studio album, “Rubber Soul,” was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone (it was released in the U.S. by Capitol Records three days later).

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.

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