- 1875 Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa
- 1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
- 1930 Coronation of Ras Tafari Makonnen as Haile Selassie I, 225th Emperor of Ethopian Solmonic Dynasty
- 1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.
On November 2, 1898
The Morris worm, first internet-distributed computer worm to gain mainstream media attention launched from MIT
On November 2, 1988