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What are the important events that happened on December 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 2 is the 336th day of the year 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 19, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,449,014,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatriacontahexagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 68 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,076 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 2 Historical Events

  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz – French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
  • 1823
    Monroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
  • 1859
    Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper’s Ferry.
  • 1943
    A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
  • 1962
    Vietnam 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 not to make an optimistic public comment on the war’s progress.

Who were born on December 2?

  • 1897
    Hovhannes Bagramyan, Marshall of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)
  • 1899
    Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1906
    Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-born recording engineer (d. 1977)
  • 1934
    Tarcisio Bertone, Cardinal Secretary of State and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
  • 1978
    Nelly Furtado, Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter

Who died on December 2?

  • 1381
    John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  • 1814
    Marquis de Sade, French writer (b. 1740)
  • 1899
    Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (b. 1875)
  • 1963
    Thomas Hicks, British-born American runner (b. 1875)
  • 1997
    Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)

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