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1964Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

1840William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

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

1896Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

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

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

1985NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

1985Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

1941American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

1927Paleoanthropologist 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')

1994Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to the hospital for ulcer treatment

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

1968Pres Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor

1804Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris

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

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

1990Beth Daniel/Davis Love wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1956Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba

1951Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

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

1995After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

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

1823President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"

1948Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

December 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
1409
The University of Leipzig opens. 
1620
English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam 
1682
English Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam 
1697
St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated for use in London, England 
1755
The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire. 
1763
Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue) 
1777
British Gen Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4 
1790
Austrian army occupies Brussels 
1802
Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands 
1804
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris 
1805
Napoleon defeats Russians & Austrians at Austerlitz 
1812
James Madison re-elected president of US, E Gerry vice-pres 
1813
Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy 
1816
1st savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society) 
1822
In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US 
1823
President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine" 
1840
Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris 
1840
William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America 
1845
Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West. 
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. 
1852
2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor 
1864
Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia 
1867
In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States. 
1868
1st British government of Disraeli resigns 
1877
Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar 
1882
Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium 
1883
John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F, premieres 
1885
Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna 
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 
1896
Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin 
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 Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses the meet him 
1901
King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades 
1902
Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer 
1907
English Professional Football Players' Association forms 
1907
Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title 
1908
Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two 
1913
Archdiocese of Managua created 
1913
Government -Barthou falls due to overtime conscription 
1914
Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia 
1916
Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract 
1917
Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea 
1922
10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1 
1924
British-German trade agreement signed 
1927
1st Model A Fords sold, for $385 
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') 
1928
Cardinals' 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP 
1929
1st skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien 
1932
"Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network 
1933
Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released 
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
NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry 
1941
Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul 
1941
Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor 
1941
American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone 
1942
Nuclear-Physicist Walter Zinn initiates the world's first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in the world's first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago 
1943
1st RSHA transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp 
1944
10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB) 
1944
General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow 
1944
German troops seize Betuwse dikes 
1944
US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar 
1947
13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB) 
1948
Stan Musial is picked NL MVP 
1950
Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight 
1951
"Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances 
1951
Phila sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing 
1951
Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise 
1952
18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB) 
1952
1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo) 
1954
"Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1954
Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws 
1954
US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute" 
1956
Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba 
1957
1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn) 
1957
Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" reaches #1 
1958
24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB) 
1958
Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg 
1958
KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting 
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 
1962
50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT] 
1963
1st Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km 
1963
ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965 
1964
Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed 
1966
Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East 
1967
55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1 
1968
Pres Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor 
1969
"Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances 
1969
Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC) 
1970
Environmental Protection Agency begins (Dir: William Ruckelshaus) 
1970
Tippetts Opera "Knot Garden" premieres in London 
1971
Soviet Mars 3 is 1st 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 pres of UAE 
1972
"December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama) 
1972
"Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances 
1972
60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10 
1972
In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen 
1973
62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0) 
1973
Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington DC opens 
1973
US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96 
1974
Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs 
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, 3 killed 
1975
G S Chappell gets ton in each inn of 1st Test Cricket as capt v WI 
1975
Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, republic forms 
1975
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 
1978
Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1 
1978
Streisand & Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" goes #1 
1979
Crowds attack US embassy at 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
Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year 
1981
Moscone Convention Center, SF opens at 11:30 AM 
1981
Spanish government requests membership in 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 B Aquino's murder 
1985
Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 perfs) 
1985
NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns) 
1985
Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season 
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 
1987
"334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands 
1988
"Naked Gun" premieres, a movie based on TV's "Police Squad" 
1988
5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet, surrender in Israel 
1988
STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission) 
1988
UN votes 151-2 (Isr & US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Brit abstains 
1989
55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB) 
1989
KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV 
1989
Vishwanath Pratap Singh sworn in as president of India 
1990
1st parlimentary election in newly reunified Germany 
1990
1st time 12 people in space 
1990
79th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in St Petersburg (3-2) 
1990
Beth Daniel/Davis Love wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1990
US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit 
1991
Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with NY Mets 
1991
Muslim Shites release American held in Lebanon hostage Joseph Cicippio 
1992
WQEW-AM radio replaces WQXR on 1560 in NYC 
1993
A Websters musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in LA 
1993
Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11 
1993
Houston Rockets tie NBA record of 15-0 start 
1993
Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches 
1994
"Cobb" premieres 
1994
Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia 
1994
Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to the hospital for ulcer treatment 
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" 
1995
After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later 
1997
MCI Center opens in Wash DC, Wizards vs SuperSonics 
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 
2005
Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking. 
2007
96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1) 
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 
2015
NATO formally invites Montenegro to join alliance, irking Russia 
2015
Sandra Bullock adopts daughter Laila 
2016
Starbucks Chief Howard Schultz to Step Down Next Year 
2016
Thailand's new king makes first public appearance 
2016
Death toll from devastating Tennessee wildfire climbs to 11 
2016
Trump to nominate retired General Mattis for Pentagon 
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