Historical Events on December 2

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  • 1409 The University of Leipzig opens
  • 1620 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 1682 English Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam

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1697 St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (previous building destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren
  • 1755 The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
  • 1763 Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)
  • 1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
  • 1790 Austrian army occupies Brussels
  • 1802 Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands

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1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1805 Napoleon defeats Russians & Austrians at Austerlitz

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1812 James Madison re-elected president of US, E Gerry vice-pres

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1813 Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy
  • 1816 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
  • 1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US

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1823 President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", a US foreign policy regarding Latin America

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

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1840 William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

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1845 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1848 Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
  • 1851 French President Charles Louis Bonaparte in a Coup d'etat overthrows the Second Republic establishing himself as Emperor.
  • 1864 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia

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1867 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens

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1868 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli resigns

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1877 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar
  • 1882 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • 1883 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F premieres
  • 1885 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna
  • 1887 Amsterdam's Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens
  • 1887 French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • 1891 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
  • 1895 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes

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1896 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1899 US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
  • 1899 Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • 1900 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses to meet him
  • 1901 King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades
  • 1902 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
  • 1907 English Professional Football Players' Association forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • 1913 Archdiocese of Managua created
  • 1913 French Government -Barthou falls due to overtime conscription
  • 1914 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
  • 1916 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
  • 1917 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • 1922 10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1
  • 1924 British-German trade agreement signed
  • 1927 First Model A Fords sold, for $385

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1927 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • 1928 Cardinals' 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • 1929 First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
  • 1932 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

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1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1934 5.08-m (200") Mt Palomar Observatory mirror is cast
  • 1939 British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC
  • 1939 NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
  • 1941 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY
  • 1941 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • 1941 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • 1941 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

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1941 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

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1942 World’s 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurs in Chicagi Pile-1 (world's 1st nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, overseen by Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1943 First RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt -Nazi Reich Security Head Office) transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
  • 1944 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • 1944 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
  • 1944 German troops seize Betuwse dikes
  • 1944 US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar
  • 1947 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

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1948 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1950 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight
  • 1950 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1951 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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1951 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1951 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham
  • 1952 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • 1952 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1954 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • 1954 US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute"

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1956 Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1957 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn)
  • 1957 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • 1957 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1958 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • 1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • 1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • 1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • 1961 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism
  • 1961 Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 1961 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1962 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • 1963 First Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km
  • 1963 ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
  • 1963 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

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1964 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1966 Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
  • 1967 55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1
  • 1967 32nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 7-3 in Birmingham

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1968 US President Richard Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1969 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1969 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • 1970 Environmental Protection Agency begins (Dir: William Ruckelshaus)
  • 1970 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • 1971 Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars
  • 1971 United Arab Emirates (Trucial States) declares independence from UK
  • 1971 Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah & Umm ak Qiwain form United Arab Emirates
  • 1971 Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi becomes President of UAE
  • 1972 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • 1972 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1972 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • 1972 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • 1972 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • 1973 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • 1973 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington, D.C. opens
  • 1973 US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96
  • 1974 Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
  • 1974 Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ
  • 1974 Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
  • 1975 7 South Moluccans hijack train at Wijster, Drente (NL), 3 killed
  • 1975 G S Chappell gets ton in each inn of 1st Test Cricket as capt v WI
  • 1975 Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
  • 1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
  • 1978 Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran

Music release#1 in the Charts

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1978 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • 1979 Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
  • 1979 Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score a triple-double
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1980 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
  • 1981 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year
  • 1981 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM
  • 1981 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • 1982 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • 1984 4th meeting of Giants-Jets, Giants even series at 2 with 20-10 win
  • 1984 Bob Holland takes 9-83 for NSW against South Australia, SCG
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985 Philipine Chief staff Gen Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • 1985 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)

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1985 NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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1985 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1986 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • 1987 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
  • 1987 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • 1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
  • 1988 "Naked Gun" (a movie based on TV's "Police Squad") premieres
  • 1988 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel
  • 1988 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
  • 1988 UN votes 151-2 (Israel and US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Great Britain abstains
  • 1989 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)
  • 1989 KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV
  • 1989 Vishwanath Pratap Singh sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister of India
  • 1989 54th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 30-20 in Auburn
  • 1990 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • 1990 First time 12 people in space at the same time
  • 1990 79th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in St Petersburg (3-2)
  • 1990 Beth Daniel/Davis Love wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
  • 1991 Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with NY Mets
  • 1991 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • 1992 WQEW-AM radio replaces WQXR on 1560 in NYC
  • 1993 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in LA
  • 1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
  • 1993 Houston Rockets tie NBA record of 15-0 start
  • 1993 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches

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1994 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1994 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia

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1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

  • 1994 Jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring
  • 1995 17th ACE Cable Awards: TLC wins the Golden CableACE for "KnowTV: Changing What, Why and How You Watch"

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1995 After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1995 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3
  • 1997 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • 1999 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
  • 2000 9th SEC Championship Game: #7 Florida beats #18 Auburn, 28-6
  • 2000 5th Big 12 Championship Game: #1 Oklahoma beats #8 Kansas State, 27-24
  • 2001 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York

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2001 Tony Fernandes' company Tune Air Sdn Bhd buys the heavily indebted AirAsia for 1 MYR (about USD 0.26 at the time)

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Entrepreneur
Tony Fernandes
  • 2005 Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
  • 2006 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • 2006 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • 2006 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • 2007 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • 2008 Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns after the 2008 Thailand political crisis
  • 2012 9 people are killed after 30 cars are trapped in Sasago Tunnel, Japan
  • 2012 Borut Pahor is elected President of Slovenia
  • 2012 Pier Luigi Bersani is elected Italian Prime Minister
  • 2013 China launches its first moon rover mission

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2013 "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen

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2014 Stephen Hawking claims that Artificial Intelligence could be a "threat to mankind" and spell the end of the human race

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

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2014 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

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2014 Elizabeth Lauten, an aide to a Republican congressman resigns after her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2014 Vanuatu police arrest at least 20 people over the deaths by hanging of two men accused of sorcery
  • 2014 The World Food Programme suspends critical food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt because of a lack of funds
  • 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists clash with police as they try to surround the government's headquarters in some of the worst violence since the protests began
  • 2015 Attack on a social services centre in San Bernardino, California kills 14 and wounds 17
  • 2016 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36