November 2 Events in History - November 2 Birthdays - November 2 Deaths
2014 Separatists in Eastern Ukraine hold elections in Donetsk and Luhansk; Russia will recognize the elected leaders, but Ukraine and Western nations declare the elections illegitimate
2014 The U.N. issues a report concluding that immediate global actions are needed to prevent runaway impacts of climate change; the report claims failure to act now will result in extensive future damage which will be prohibitively expensive to control
2013 Current Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili, prepares to leave office; Irakli Garibashvili, the current Interior Minister, is appointed as his successor
2013 In Wisconsin, two planes carrying nine skydivers collide in midair; the skydivers used their parachutes to steer themselves clear of the debris, and the two pilots survived with minor injuries
2012 Women-only literary prizes are launched by Canada and Australia; the prize, formerly known as the Orange continues its search for a sponsor
2012 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces the cancellation of the New York City Marathon due to the damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy
2011 China makes its first orbital docking as its unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully docks with the orbiting Tiangong 1 space station module
2011 In Chicago, the Chicago Cubs baseball team fires their manager, Mike Quade
2010 According to Fudan University's survey results, 72.6% of Shanghai residents attended the Shanghai Expo; an average of 2.31 visits per resident
2010 U.S. voters go to the polls; Republicans win control of the House of Representatives with the largest number of seats gained since 1894
2004 George W. Bush wins a second term as U.S. president, winning 51% of the popular vote
2000 International Space Station becomes permanently staffed
1997 "Barrymore," closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 240 performances
1997 27th New York City Women Marathon won by Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland 2:28:43
1997 28th New York City Marathon won by John Kagwe of Kenya in 2:08:12
1997 Ralphs Senior Golf Classic
1997 Toray Japan Queens LPGA Cup
1997 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
1997 USA beats Japan 23-13 at LPGA Nichirei International
1996 "Hughie," closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City
1995 "Busker Alley," premieres at St. James Theatre, New York
1995 "Sacrilege" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 21 performances
1995 Spanish Broadcasting System buys New York radio station WPAT-FM for $83.5M
1994 Benzine explosion in Dronka Egypt, 400+ killed
1993 1st commemorative bricks are laid at Bob Feller Memorial
1993 Actor Roger Moore (James Bond) has his enlarge prostate removed
1993 Christie Todd Whitman (R) elected 1st woman governor of New Jersey
1993 Dow Jones hits record 3697.64
1993 Ehud Olmert elected mayor of Jerusalem
1993 Rudolph Guliani (R) elected 107th mayor of New York City
1992 1st test flight of Airbus A330
1991 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song
1991 Nevada makes biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35-pt deficit in the 3rd quarter and rallying to beat Weber State 55-49
1991 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Arazi, Black Tie Affair, Dance Smartly, Miss Alleged, Opening Verse, Pleasant Stage, Sheikh Albadou
1990 1st NBA game at Target Center, Minnesota Timberwolves beat Mavericks 98-85
1989 "Meet Me in St. Louis" opens at Gershwin Theater New York City for 253 performances
1988 1st Mrs. America beauty pageant
1988 Computers virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab and 6 universities
1988 Mexican radio station erronously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash
1988 Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of year (3rd straight for Oakland A's)
1987 Entertainer Lola Falona is diagnosed with multiple schlerosis
1987 Harrison releases "Cloud 9" and McCartney releases "All the Best"
1986 16th New York City Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:06
1986 17th New York City Marathon won by Gianni Poli in 2:11:06
1986 Ayako Okamoto wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship
1985 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1983 Abp Hickey conducts papal investigation of Abp Hunthausen, Seattle
1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L. King day
1982 Fire in Salung tunnel, Afghanistan, 1,000+ Russians die
1982 Nayoko Yoshikawa wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament
1979 Peter Shaffers musical "Amadeus," premieres in London
1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 Phillies' Steve Carlton wins 2nd Cy Young Award
1976 Jimmy Carter defeats Gerald Ford for president
1976 New Jersey voters approve gambling for Atlantic City
1976 San Diego Padre Randy Jones wins NL Cy Young
1975 Ed Giacomin as a Red Wing returns to Mad Sq Garden beats Rangers 6-4
1975 Summit in Houston opens - Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89
1974 Art Modell gets snowed in and misses his 1st Cleveland Brown game in 33 yrs
1974 Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1973 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV
1973 OLADE (Latin American Energy Organization) forms
1972 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
1972 Phillies' Steve Carlton wins unanimous NL Cy Young Award
1972 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971 "Great Harp" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 7 performances
1971 Orioles Pat Dobson no-hits Yomiuri Giants, 2-0
1970 Cleveland Cavaliers lose by biggest margin-54 pts (Philadelphia 141-87)
1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Women's Golf Open
1969 NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kramer and St. L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each
1968 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 17 performances
1966 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 CBS purchases 80% of Yankees for $11,200,000, later buys remaining 20%
1964 Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi Arabia
1963 "Tambourines to Glory" opens at Little Theater New York City for 24 performances
1963 Only 1st-class cricket game played in Uganda, MCC vs. E African XI
1962 John F. Kennedy announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled
1961 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 92 performances
1961 Max Frisch' "Andorra," premieres in Zurich
1960 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 8th String quartet, premieres in Leningrad
1960 George Weiss, at 66, resigns as General Manager of New York Yankees
1960 Penguin Books publishes "Lady Chatterley's Lover"
1960 Roger Maris nips Mickey Mantle as AL MVP, 225-222
1959 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 16 performances
1959 Charles Van Doren confesses, TV quiz show-"21," was fixed
1957 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto, Ohio
1956 Hungary appeals for United Nations assistance against Soviet invasion
1956 Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
1955 Clarton-Schwerdt and Schaffer discover polio virus
1955 David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government
1954 Charles C. Diggs, Jr. elected Michigan's 1st black congressman
1954 J. S. Thurmond is 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC)
1954 Taiwan and U.S. sign military pact
1953 Pakistan becomes islamic republic
1950 "Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 4 performances
1950 Phillies reliever Jim Konstanty wins NL MVP
1949 Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state
1948 Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters and newspapers
1948 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
1947 7th Ryder Cup: U.S. wins 11-1 at Portland CC Ore
1947 Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flies for 1st (& last) time
1944 Auschwitz begins gassing inmates
1944 Canadian troops occupy Knokke
1944 U.S. 28th Infantry division opens assault on Schmidt Hurtgenwald
1943 Jewish ghetto of Riga Latvia is destroyed
1942 11th day of battle at El Alamein: British assault on Tel el Aqqaqir
1942 Montgomery (Br) defeats Rommel (G) in battle of Alamein Egypt (WW II)
1941 German troops occupy Rostov
1938 Babe Ruth applies for job of St. Louis Browns' manager
1938 Jimmie Foxx wins his 3rd AL MVP
1937 AL batting champ Charlie Gehringer wins MVP
1936 1st high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London
1934 Babe Ruth tours Tokyo Japan
1931 Warren, Dixon and Young's musical "Laugh Parade," premieres in New York City
1930 Ras Tafari crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty
1928 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia
1924 Sunday Express publishes 1st British crossword puzzle
1923 Bloody street battles in Aken: pro-French separatists
1923 Bloody street fights in Aken (pro-French separatists driven)
1923 Stresemann's SPD-ministers in Germany, step down
1922 Allies deliberate over German mark
1922 Australian Qantas airways begins service
1921 Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," premieres in New York City
1920 KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on air as 1st commercial radio station
1920 Warren G. Harding elected president
1917 1st U.S. soldiers killed in combat in WW I
1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
1917 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; U.S. recognizes Japan's privileges in China
1916 Ft. Vaux, Verdun, reconquered by France
1915 1st U.S. election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
1914 Great Britain annexes Cyprus
1914 Russia declares war on Turkey
1914 V Herbert and H Blossoms "Only Girl," premieres in New York City
1913 St. Louis Browns manager George Stovall is 1st to jump to Federal League
1907 Ottawa Mint Proclamation is published
1904 British newspaper, "Daily Mirror," begins publishing
1903 Lyceum Theater (New Lyceum) opens at 149 W 45th St. New York City
1903 New Amsterdam Theater opens at 214 W 42nd St. New York City
1899 Boers begin siege of Ladysmith Natal
1898 French government-Dupuy forms
1898 Theodor Herzl arrives in Jerusalem
1895 29th Belmont: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 2:11
1892 Paul Verlaine visits Netherlands
1889 North Dakota becomes 39th and South Dakota becomes 40th state
1881 Dutch New-Malthusiaanse Union forms
1880 James A. Garfield (R) elected president
1879 In a 6-day footrace a Mr. Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km
1875 Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela Angola, from Africa's east coast
1854 Cobblestone paving of Washington St. between Dupont and Kearny starts
1852 Franklin Pierce elected as president of U.S.
1851 Louis Napoleon takes power in France
1841 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola
1824 Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J Q Adams
1813 Treaty of Fulda
1783 General Washington bids farewell to his army
1772 Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
1749 English Ohio Trade Company forms 1st trade post
1722 Willem KH Friso (11) appointed viceroy of Gelderland
1648 12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol Podlia
1642 2nd battle at Breitenfeld Saksen: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
1532 Zealand/South Holland flooded
1418 Utrecht conquerors Ijsselstein
1355 English invasion army under king Edward lands at Calais
1327 King Alfonso IV of Aragon crowned
676 Donus begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Pope Adeodatus II