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    • December 2, 1409 The University of Leipzig opens.

    • December 2, 1755 The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.

    • December 2, 1763 Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)

    • December 2, 1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4

    • December 2, 1804 "At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years."

    • December 2, 1804 "Napoleon becomes first French emperor, placing crown on his own head"

    • December 2, 1805 The Battle of Austerlitz gives Napoleon a resounding victory over combined Austrian and Russian forces


    • December 2, 1816 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)

    • December 2, 1822 "In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US"

    • December 2, 1823 Monroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.

    • December 2, 1823 "President James Monroe declares his ""Monroe Doctrine"""

    • December 2, 1840 "The opera ""Die Favoritin"" is produced (Paris)"

    • December 2, 1845 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

    • December 2, 1848 Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.

    • December 2, 1851 Newly-elected French President Charles Louis Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.

    • December 2, 1852 2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor

    • December 2, 1852 Napoleon III becomes Emperor of the French.

    • December 2, 1859 "Abolitionist John Brown is hanged for his part in a raid on Harper's Ferry, WV."

    • December 2, 1859 Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper's Ferry.

    • December 2, 1867 "In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States."

    • December 2, 1877 "The opera ""Samson et Dalila"" is produced (Rouen)"

    • December 2, 1887 The First public reading of a Charles Dickens book in US (New York NY)

    • December 2, 1891 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes

    • December 2, 1895 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes

    • December 2, 1899 "Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed ""The Filipino Thermopylae"", is fought."

    • December 2, 1899 US and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them

    • December 2, 1901 Gillette patents first disposable razor

    • December 2, 1902 The V-8 engine was patented in France

    • December 2, 1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir to retain the heavyweight boxing title

    • December 2, 1913 Archdiocese of Managua created

    • December 2, 1920 "Following more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated peace treaty is concluded -Treaty of Alexandropol"

    • December 2, 1927 "Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile."

    • December 2, 1927 "Henry Ford unveils the first Model A automobile, successor to the Model T, in New York City's Waldorf Hotel."

    • December 2, 1930 Great Depression: US President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

    • December 2, 1932 The Adventures of Charlie Chan debuts on the NBC Blue radio network.

    • December 2, 1934 "5.08-m (200"") Mt Palomar Observatory mirror is cast"

    • December 2, 1938 "First Harwich-England bound train with 200 German-Jewish orphaned children arrives from Holland. Eventually, 50,000 German Jews find safety in Great Britain."

    • December 2, 1939 British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC

    • December 2, 1939 New York City's La Guardia Airport opens.

    • December 2, 1939 "New York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight"

    • December 2, 1941 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY

    • December 2, 1942 Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

    • December 2, 1942 The First controlled nuclear chain reaction (University of Chicago)

    • December 2, 1943 "A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks an American ship with a mustard gas stockpile. Numerous fatalities (though the exact death toll is unresolved as the bombing raid itself caused hundreds of deaths too)."

    • December 2, 1943 "Sixteen Allied vessels are lost by Axis bombing at Bari, eastern Italy."

    • December 2, 1946 "British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly."

    • December 2, 1947 Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan.

    • December 2, 1950 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight

    • December 2, 1952 "The First human birth televised to public (Denver, CO)"

    • December 2, 1954 "Red Scare: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to condemn Joseph McCarthy for ""conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."""

    • December 2, 1954 "The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, DC."

    • December 2, 1954 "US Senate censures Joe McCarthy (Sen-R-WI) for ""conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute"""

    • December 2, 1956 "Meher Baba and followers suffer auto accident in Satara,India."

    • December 2, 1956 "The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution."

    • December 2, 1957 "The First full-scale atomic electric power plant-power generated, Pa"

    • December 2, 1958 "Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg"

    • December 2, 1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus

    • December 2, 1961 "In a nationally-broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism."

    • December 2, 1962 "Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to not make an optimistic public comment on the war's progress."

    • December 2, 1964 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

    • December 2, 1969 Boeing gives members of the press a historic first passenger flight from Seattle to New York City aboard the 747 jumbo jet.

    • December 2, 1970 Environmental Protection Agency begins (Director: William Ruckelshaus)

    • December 2, 1970 The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.

    • December 2, 1971 "Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah and Umm ak Qiwain form the United Arab Emirates"

    • December 2, 1971 "Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates."

    • December 2, 1971 Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars

    • December 2, 1972 """December Giant"" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)"

    • December 2, 1972 Gough Whitlam becomes the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister of Australia for 23 years.

    • December 2, 1974 Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days

    • December 2, 1975 "Pathet Lao seizes power in Laos, and establishes the Lao People's Democratic Republic."

    • December 2, 1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dortics Torrado.

    • December 2, 1978 "Chanting ""Allah is great,"" anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran"

    • December 2, 1978 Number one hit on UK music charts - Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

    • December 2, 1978 "Streisand and Diamond's ""You Don't Bring Me Flowers,"" goes #1"

    • December 2, 1980 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador

    • December 2, 1980 "Four U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a death squad in El Salvador."

    • December 2, 1981 "Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco opens at 11:30 AM"

    • December 2, 1982 First permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (University of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with the Jarvic-7 heart

    • December 2, 1988 "5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet, surrender in Israel"

    • December 2, 1988 "Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state."

    • December 2, 1988 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)

    • December 2, 1988 "UN votes 151-2 (Isr and US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Britain abstains"

    • December 2, 1989 V.P. Singh is sworn in as prime minister of India.

    • December 2, 1990 A coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first free all-German elections since 1932.

    • December 2, 1990 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany

    • December 2, 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit

    • December 2, 1991 Muslim Shiites release US hostage Joseph Cicip

    • December 2, 1993 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medelln.

    • December 2, 1999 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.

    • December 2, 2001 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    • December 2, 2005 Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.

    • December 2, 2009 "An Islamist group in the North Caucasus claims the bomb attack on a Nevsky Express train in Russia was conducted on orders of ""Emir of the Caucasus Emirate"" Dokka Umarov."

    • December 2, 2009 Cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs provides evidence to reporters that she had an affair with golf legend Tiger Woods.

    • December 2, 2009 "FIFA, the world governing body for association football, announce after an emergency session of their Executive Committee, that following the controversy over the Thierry Henry handball incident, it will set up an inquiry into the use of extra officials or technology, but any changes will not be implemented for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Wikinews"

    • December 2, 2009 Five British yachtsmen held by Iranian Revolutionary Guards are released.

    • December 2, 2009 "Indonesia bans the Australian film Balibo, which follows the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists killed during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor."

    • December 2, 2009 "More than 50 prominent Nigerian public figures call for President Umaru Yar'Adua to resign, saying his health is impairing his judgment."

    • December 2, 2009 "The body of German-Austrian billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, stolen from the grave in 2008 and held for ransom, is returned to his family."

    • December 2, 2009 The trial of suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk is postponed after he is taken ill.

    • December 2, 2009 Wikipedia is ordered by a senior British judge to breach its confidentiality after a woman pleaded for help in identifying an alleged blackmailer.







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