What happened this day in history December 2

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 2020 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, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,781,120 minutes 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 72 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 2,903 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.
  • 1859
    Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper’s Ferry.
  • 1899
    Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
  • 1908
    Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • 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.
  • 1946
    The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
  • 1971
    Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.

Who were born on December 2?

  • 1895
    Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1914
    Ray Walston, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize
  • 1933
    Mike Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1959
    Boman Irani, Indian actor
  • 1963
    Ann Patchett, American novelist
  • 1977
    Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer
  • 1978
    David Rivas, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Michelle Banzer, model/beauty queen
  • 1987
    Teairra Mari, American R&B singer

Who died on December 2?

  • 1615
    Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  • 1944
    Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist (b. 1874)
  • 1985
    Aniello Dellacroce, American organized crime figure (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (b. 1922)
  • 1990
    Aaron Copland, American composer (b. 1900)
  • 1997
    Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Van Tuong Nguyen, Thai-born Australian drug smuggler (b. 1980)
  • 2007
    Jennifer Alexander, Canadian ballet dancer (b. 1972)
  • 2008
    Odetta, American singer (b. 1930)

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