December 2 Events in History - December 2 Birthdays - December 2 Deaths
2014 Taxi service company Uber expands its presence in Latin America by partnering with Carlos Slim's cell phone company America Movil to place the Uber app on mobil phones throughout Mexico
2014 Sierra Leone has expanded the regions of the country subject to quarantine as the Ebola virus continues to spread; over 7,000 people in the nation have been infected and over 1,500 have died to date
2013 The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines, is confirmed to be over 5,700 people; the number is expected to increase
2013 A meeting between Pope Francis and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, is held at the Vatican; discussions include Iran's nuclear program among other global affairs
2012 Ballerina Natalia Makarova, blues legend Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, American television host David Letterman, and surviving members of Led Zeppelin, receive 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture
2012 Italian voters select center-left candidate Pier Luigi Bersani as their new Prime Minister
2011 John Corzine, former Governor of New Jersey, is issued a subpoena over the collapse of MF Global and disappearance of customer funds
2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promotes democratic reforms in her meeting with Burma's top pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi
2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus claims innocence while being investigated for diverting millions of dollars of aid money from Grameen Bank
2010 Booksellers object to plans for the UK and Ireland to make more than a million free books available March 5, 2011
1997 MCI Center opens in Washington D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
1995 17th ACE Cable Awards
1994 "Cobb" premieres
1994 Achille Lauro 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
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
1992 WQEW-AM radio replaces WQXR on 1560 in New York City
1991 Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with New York Mets
1991 Muslim Shites release American held in Lebanon hostage Joseph Cicippio
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 U.S. 69th manned space mission STS-35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
1989 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (quarterback)
1989 KHJ-TV in Los Angeles, California changes call letters to KCAL-TV
1989 Vishwanath Pratap Singh sworn in as president of India
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 U.N. votes 151-2 (Isr and U.S.) to move PLO debate to Geneva, British abstains
1987 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
1987 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America
1987 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Dow-Jones index hits record 1955.57
1985 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 608 performances
1985 Philipine Chief staff General Fabian speaks of B Aquino's murder
1985 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood," premieres in New York City
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 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1982 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (University of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
1981 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year
1981 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco opens at 11:30 AM
1981 Spanish government requests membership in NATO
1980 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
1979 Crowds attack U.S. embassy at Tripoli Libya
1979 Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleveland Cavalier to score a triple-double
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Chanting "Allah is great," anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran
1978 Neil Diamond and Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1
1978 Streisand and Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," goes #1
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 captain vs. WI
1975 Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, republic forms
1975 Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
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
1973 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
1973 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington D.C. opens
1973 U.S. Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96
1972 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in U.S. collapses (Alabama)
1972 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 7 performances
1972 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
1972 In 1 of their worst trades Yankees get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
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 and Umm ak Qiwain form United Arab Emirates
1971 Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi becomes President of UAE
1970 Environmental Protection Agency begins (Dir: William Ruckelshaus)
1970 Tippetts Opera "Knot Garden," premieres in London
1969 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater New York City for 7 performances
1969 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to New York City)
1968 President Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor
1967 55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1
1966 Love, Moby Grape and Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
1964 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed
1963 1st Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km
1963 ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
1962 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto
1961 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, and will lead Cuba to Communism
1961 Wind Bell, journal of San Francisco Zen Center, begins publishing
1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
1958 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 1st U.S. large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn)
1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" reaches #1
1956 Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba
1954 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 4 performances
1954 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
1954 U.S. Senate censures Joe McCarthy, Senator-R-Wisconsin, for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor and disrepute"
1952 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
1952 1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado)
1951 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 90 performances
1951 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing
1950 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight
1948 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP
1947 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (quarterback)
1944 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (quarterback)
1944 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
1944 German troops seize Betuwse dikes
1944 U.S. 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar
1943 1st RSHA transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
1942 1st controlled nuclear chain reaction Enrico Fermi - University of Chicago
1941 Largest roller skating rink (outside of New York City) opens in Peekskill NY
1941 New York 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
1939 British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC
1939 NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
1934 5.08-m (200") Mount Palomar Observatory mirror is cast
1933 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)
1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady," released
1932 "Adv of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
1929 1st skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
1928 Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
1927 1st Model A Fords sold, for $385
1924 British-German trade agreement signed
1922 10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1
1917 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
1916 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
1914 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
1913 Archdiocese of Managua created
1913 Government -Barthou falls due to overtime conscription
1908 Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 3
1907 English Professional Football Player's Association forms
1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1902 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
1901 Gillette patents 1st disposable razor
1901 King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades
1900 South African president Paul Kruger arrives in Germany
1899 U.S. and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
1896 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke," premieres in Berlin
1895 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes
1891 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
1887 Amsterdam's Oscar Carres Circus Theater opens
1887 Charles Dickens' 1st public reading in U.S. (New York City)
1887 French president Grevy (80) resigns
1885 Opera "Regina di Saba," premieres in Vienna
1883 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F, premieres
1882 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
1877 Camille Saint-Saens' opera "Samson et Dalila," premieres in Weimar
1868 1st British government of Disraeli resigns
1864 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia
1852 2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor
1848 Franz Josef I becomes emperor of Austria and King of Hungary
1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita," premieres in Paris
1840 Opera "Die Favoritin" is produced (Paris)
1840 William H Harrison elected president of US
1823 President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"
1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US
1816 1st savings bank in U.S. opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
1813 Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy
1812 James Madison re-elected president of U.S., E Gerry vice-pres
1805 Napoleon defeats Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte crowned emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII
1802 English sell Suriname to Dutch
1790 Austrian army occupies Brussels
1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
1763 Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing U.S. synagogue)
1697 St. Paul's Cathedral opens in London
1682 English earl of Shaftesbury flight to Amsterdam
1620 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam