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Notable Historical Events for December 2nd

1976Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1961Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, & will lead Cuba to Communism

1968Pres Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor

1823President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"

1697St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated for use in London, England

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on December 2nd

1859Georges Seurat, Paris France, post-impressionist painter (Grande Jatte), (d. 1891)

1946Gianni Versace, Reggio Calabria, Italy, fashion designer (Versace), (d. 1997)

1973Monica Seles, Novi Sad Yugoslavia, tennis star (US Open 1992)

1981Britney Spears, Kentwood, Louisiana, singer and popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U")

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Notable Weddings on December 2nd

188626th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

1965Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

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Notable Deaths on December 2nd

1986Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer

1814Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

1547Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador who defeated the Aztec Empire, dies of pleurisy at 61/62

1990Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

1859John Brown, US abolitionist (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

1993Pablo Escobar Gaviria, Colombian drug baron, shot to death at 44

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