• On Dec. 3, 1947, Marlon Brando’s famous cry of “STELLA!” first booms across a Broadway stage, electrifying the audience during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” When the curtain went down on opening night, the crowd erupted into a round of applause that lasted 30 minutes.
• On Nov. 30, 1954, the first known modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Ala., when a meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio and strikes a woman on the hip.
• On Dec. 4, 1872, the Mary Celeste, an American vessel, is spotted sailing erratically but at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched, but not a soul was onboard. The reason for the abandonment of the Mary Celeste has never been determined.
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