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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 19, 2019 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 437,568 hours 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 54 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 2,537 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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December 2 Historical Events
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States.
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.
At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.
Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz – French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
Following more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated Treaty of Alexandropol is concluded.
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.
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
Who were born on December 2?
Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (d. 2002)
John Barbirolli, British conductor (d. 1970)
Andre Rodgers, baseball player (d. 2004)
Harry Reid, American politician
Dionysis Savvopoulos, Greek musician and songwriter
Ron Raines, American actor
Ann Patchett, American novelist
Graham Kavanagh, Irish footballer
Britney Spears, American singer, dancer and entertainer
Pizon, American rapper/producer
Who died on December 2?
Archduke Albert VI of Austria (b. 1418)
Piero di Cosimo de' Medici of Florence (b. 1416)
Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
Thomas Hicks, British-born American runner (b. 1875)
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Pakistani politician (b. 1905)
Aniello Dellacroce, American organized crime figure (b. 1914)
Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project) (b. 1945)
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