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December 2nd, 2005 (December 02 2005)EventVan Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
December 2nd, 2001 (December 02 2001)EventEnron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
December 2nd, 1999 (December 02 1999)EventThe United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive. Devo Quotes
December 2nd, 1993 (December 02 1993)EventColombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellin.
December 2nd, 1993 (December 02 1993)EventSpace Shuttle program: STS-NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
December 2nd, 1990 (December 02 1990)EventA coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first free all-German elections since 1932.
December 2nd, 1988 (December 02 1988)EventBenazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
December 2nd, 1980 (December 02 1980)EventFour U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a death squad in El Salvador.
December 2nd, 1976 (December 02 1976)EventFidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado.Fidel Castro Quotes
December 2nd, 1975 (December 02 1975)EventPathet Lao seizes power in Laos, and establishes the Lao People s Democratic Republic.
December 2nd, 1972 (December 02 1972)EventGough Whitlam becomes the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister of Australia for 23 years.
December 2nd, 1971 (December 02 1971)EventAbu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
December 2nd, 1970 (December 02 1970)EventThe United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
December 2nd, 1962 (December 02 1962)EventVietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to not make an optimistic public comment on the war s progress.John F. Kennedy Quotes
December 2nd, 1961 (December 02 1961)EventIn a nationally-broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.Fidel Castro Quotes
December 2nd, 1956 (December 02 1956)EventThe Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba s Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.Fidel Castro Quotes
December 2nd, 1954 (December 02 1954)EventRed Scare: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to condemn Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."Joseph McCarthy Quotes
December 2nd, 1954 (December 02 1954)EventThe Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, DC.
December 2nd, 1947 (December 02 1947)EventJerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan.
December 2nd, 1946 (December 02 1946)EventBritish Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly.
December 2nd, 1943 (December 02 1943)EventA Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks an American ship with a mustard gas stockpile. Numerous fatalities (though the exact death toll is unresolved as the bombing raid itself caused hundreds of deaths too).
December 2nd, 1942 (December 02 1942)EventManhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.Enrico Fermi Quotes
December 2nd, 1939 (December 02 1939)EventNew York City s La Guardia Airport opens.
December 2nd, 1930 (December 02 1930)EventGreat Depression: US President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.Herbert Hoover Quotes
December 2nd, 1927 (December 02 1927)EventFollowing 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
December 2nd, 1920 (December 02 1920)EventFollowing more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated peace treaty is concluded -Treaty of Alexandropol
December 2nd, 1908 (December 02 1908)EventChild Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
December 2nd, 1899 (December 02 1899)EventPhilippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
December 2nd, 1867 (December 02 1867)EventIn a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.Charles Dickens Quotes
December 2nd, 1859 (December 02 1859)EventMilitant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper s Ferry.
December 2nd, 1852 (December 02 1852)EventNapoleon III becomes Emperor of the French.
December 2nd, 1851 (December 02 1851)EventNewly-elected French President Charles Louis Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.
December 2nd, 1848 (December 02 1848)EventFranz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.
December 2nd, 1845 (December 02 1845)EventManifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.James K. Polk Quotes
December 2nd, 1823 (December 02 1823)EventMonroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.James Monroe Quotes
December 2nd, 1805 (December 02 1805)EventNapoleonic Wars: Battle of AusterlitzFrench troops under Napoleon defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
December 2nd, 1804 (December 02 1804)EventAt Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
December 2nd, 1755 (December 02 1755)EventThe second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
December 2nd, 1409 (December 02 1409)EventThe University of Leipzig opens.

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