On this day: December 3

POSTED: 08:34 PM PST Dec 02, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 02, 2014 

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 - Xcor EZ-Rocket
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2005: XCOR Aerospace's EZ-Rocket sets the point-to-point distance record for a ground-launched, rocket-powered aircraft, with pilot Dick Rutan flying about 10 miles from Mojave, California, to California City in just under 10 minutes. The flight also marked the first official delivery of U.S. mail by a rocket-powered aircraft.

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