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Notable Historical Events for December 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

1964Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

1948Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

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

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

1804Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris

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Notable Birthdays on December 2nd

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on December 2nd

1926Film director/producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

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

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Notable Deaths on December 2nd

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

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

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

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

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