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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 337th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 19, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,480,636,800 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 ‘trihectatriacontaheptagon’ 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 57 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 1,442 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 2 Historical Events

  • 1409
    The University of Leipzig opens.
  • 1867
    At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 1954
    Red 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”.
  • 1956
    The 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.
  • 1999
    The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.

Who were born on December 2?

  • 1931
    Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (d. 1971)
  • 1934
    Sissela Bok, Swedish philosopher and ethicist
  • 1939
    Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician
  • 1947
    Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist
  • 1973
    Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-born tennis player

Who died on December 2?

  • 1547
    Hernán Cortés, Spanish explorer and conqueror (b. 1485)
  • 1774
    Johann Friedrich Agricola, German composer and organist (b. 1720)
  • 1888
    Namık Kemal, Turkish poet (b. 1840)
  • 1987
    Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • 1990
    Robert Cummings, American actor (b. 1908)

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