Events in History on December 2

  • 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

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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
  • 1882 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1917 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • 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
  • 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 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 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
  • 1944 German troops seize Betuwse dikes
  • 1944 US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar
  • 1950 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight

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1950 "I Robot" collection of sci-fi short stories by Isaac Asimov published by Genome Press in the US

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • 1952 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • 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)
  • 1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • 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
  • 1963 First Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km

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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

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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 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • 1970 Environmental Protection Agency begins (Dir: William Ruckelshaus)
  • 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 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • 1973 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington, D.C. opens
  • 1973 US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 1990 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • 1990 First time 12 people in space at the same time
  • 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
  • 1991 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • 1992 WQEW-AM radio replaces WQXR on 1560 in NYC
  • 1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
  • 1993 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches
  • 1994 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
  • 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"
  • 1999 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
  • 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.
  • 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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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 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

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2016 Donald Trump takes a call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, in a break from America's long standing "One China" policy

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump