On This Day

What Happened on November 2

Important Events

  • 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 Ethiopian Solmonic Dynasty
  • 1949 The Netherlands recognizes its former colony Indonesia as a sovereign state
  • 1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
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Nov 2 in Film & TV

  • 1936 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
  • 2020 Baby Shark by Pinkfong becomes the most-watched video on YouTube with over 7.04 billion views

Nov 2 in Music

Nov 2 in Sport

  • 2016 World Series Baseball: Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field, Cleveland; first Cubs' title in 108 years; MVP: Chicago utility Ben Zobrist

Did You Know?

Cheerleading begins in the United States as Johnny Campbell leads the crowd cheering on the football team at the University of Minnesota

On November 2, 1898


Would You Believe?

The "Great Emu War" begins: Australian soldiers armed with Lewis Guns sought to cull the Emu population over crop destruction in Campion district, Western Australia

On November 2, 1932

Famous Weddings

  • 1887 Baseball legend Connie Mack (24) weds Margaret Hogan
  • 1896 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (19) weds first cousin Shahzadi Begum in Pune, India
  • 2005 Irish TV and radio presenter Sile Seoige (26) weds Glen Mulcahy at St. Brendan's Church in County Offaly

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 Rocker Rod Stewart (58) divorces model Rachel Hunter (33) due to irreconcilable differences
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