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December 2 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 2. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 42 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1409
    The University of Leipzig opens.
  • 1697
    St Paul’s Cathedral is consecrated in London.
  • 1755
    The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
  • 1763
    Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what will become the United States.
  • 1775
    The USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes); the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
  • 1804
    At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.
  • 1805
    War of the Third Coalition: Battle of Austerlitz – French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte decisively defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
  • 1823
    Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas.
  • 1845
    Manifest Destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 1848
    Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.
  • 1851
    French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.
  • 1852
    Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French as Napoleon III.
  • 1859
    Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
  • 1867
    At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 1899
    Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
  • 1908
    Puyi becomes Emperor of China at the age of two.
  • 1917
    World War I: Russia and the Central Powers sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk, and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk begin.
  • 1920
    Following more than a month of Turkish–Armenian War, the Turkish dictated Treaty of Alexandropol is concluded.
  • 1927
    Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
  • 1930
    Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
  • 1939
    New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opens.
  • 1942
    World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
  • 1943
    World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which is carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
  • 1947
    Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.
  • 1954
    Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.
  • 1954
    The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, is signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956
    The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba’s Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.
  • 1961
    In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
  • 1962
    Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to comment adversely on the war’s progress.
  • 1970
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.

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