2 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Pedro II Brazil, 1825
  • Georges Seurat, 1859
  • Sir John Barbirolli, 1899
  • Peter Carl Goldmark, 1906
  • Russell Lynes, 1910
  • Adolph Green, 1915
  • Ezra Stone, 1917
  • Alexander Haig, 1924
  • Julie Harris, 1925
  • Edwin Meese III, 1932
  • John Ringling, 1936
  • Gianni Versace, 1946
  • Tracy Austin, 1962
  • Lucy Liu, 1968
  • Monica Seles, 1973
  • Britney Spears, 1981

Died On This Day:

  • Hernando Cortes, 1547
  • Phillippe II France, 1723
  • Marquis de Sade, 1814
  • John Brown hanged, 1859
  • Jay Gould, 1892
  • Edmond Rostand, 1918
  • Henry Clay Frick, 1919
  • Francis Cardinal Spellman, 1967
  • Jose Limon, 1972
  • Romain Gary, 1980
  • Marty Feldman, 1982
  • Philip Larkin, 1985
  • Desi Arnaz, 1986
  • Aaron Copland, 1990
  • Robert Cummings, 1990
  • Pablo Escobar, 1993
  • Fifi D'Orsay, 1993
  • Cal Tinney, 1993
  • Joey Adams, 1999
  • Dame Alicia Markova, 2004

Today's Events:

  • 1603 - First performance of a Shakespeare play before royalty: King James sees 'As You Like It' at Wilton.
  • 1697 - New St. Paul's cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, opens in London.
  • 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself emperor in a ceremony presided over by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1805 - Battle of Austerlitz; French under Napoleon beat Austrians and Russians.
  • 1816 - Spa Fields riots in London.
  • 1823 - Monroe doctrine declared; European powers mustn't interfere with American politics.
  • 1867 - Mile long queue of ticket buyers for English writer Charles Dickens' first reading in New York City on 9 December.
  • 1868 - Benjamin Disraeli resigns as Prime Minister of England following liberal victory.
  • 1882 - America's first pulp fiction magazine, The Golden Argosy, later just Argosy, issued.
  • 1901 - Safety razor patented by King Camp Gillette.
  • 1942 - Atomic energy first produced at University of Chicago at 3:25 p.m. by physicist Enrico Fermi.
  • 1957 - First commercial nuclear power plant opens at Shippingport, PA.
  • 1964 - Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley; 800 students arrested - largest Calif. mass arrest in history.
  • 1971 - Sheikhdoms in Persian Gulf combine to form United Arab Emirates.
  • 1981 - Attempted coup in Seychelles as Mad Mike Hoare and 44 mercenaries hijack Air India plane to escape.
  • 1982 - First artificial heart, Jarvik-7, implanted in Barney Clark at University of Utah Med Center.
  • 1984 - Toxic gas kills 3,350, 200,000 others blinded and injured in Bhopal, India at Union Carbide plant.
  • 1987 - 72-page hand manuscript by Albert Einstein revealing theory of relativity sold for record $1.16m.
  • 2001 - Houston energy company Enron collapses under a mountain of debt and claims of fraud.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Viviana
  • Chromatius of Aquilea
  • Nonnus
  • Silvanus of Constantinople

Holiday:

  • Independence Day United Arab Emirates (1971)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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