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
Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz – French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper’s Ferry.
Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
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.
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.
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.
In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
Who were born on December 2?
Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
Ray Walston, American actor (d. 2001)
Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize
Mike Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
Boman Irani, Indian actor
Ann Patchett, American novelist
Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer
David Rivas, Spanish footballer
Michelle Banzer, model/beauty queen
Teairra Mari, American R&B singer
Who died on December 2?
Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist (b. 1874)
Aniello Dellacroce, American organized crime figure (b. 1914)
Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (b. 1922)
Aaron Copland, American composer (b. 1900)
Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
Van Tuong Nguyen, Thai-born Australian drug smuggler (b. 1980)
Jennifer Alexander, Canadian ballet dancer (b. 1972)
Odetta, American singer (b. 1930)
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