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, 1,606,867,200 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 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

  • 1409
    The University of Leipzig opens.
  • 1823
    Monroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
  • 1899
    Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
  • 1917
    An armistice is signed between Russia and the Central Powers at Brest-Litovsk and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk began.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
  • 1993
    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.
  • 2001
    Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Who were born on December 2?

  • 1810
    Henry Yesler, American entrepreneur and politician (d. 1892)
  • 1886
    Harry Burleigh, American composer (d. 1949)
  • 1910
    Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper’s Magazine (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Bill Erwin, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Iakovos Kambanelis, Greek poet, playwright, lyricist, and novelist
  • 1943
    Wayne Allard, American politician
  • 1944
    Inger Davidson, Swedish politician
  • 1947
    Tommy Jenkins, English football player
  • 1959
    Frank Dietrich, German footballer
  • 1989
    Cassie Steele, Canadian actress

Who died on December 2?

  • 1547
    Hernán Cortés, Spanish explorer and conqueror (b. 1485)
  • 1594
    Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer (b. 1512)
  • 1726
    Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  • 1860
    Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • 1924
    Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
  • 1969
    José María Arguedas, Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist (b. 1911)
  • 1987
    Luis Federico Leloir, French-born chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1997
    Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American religious figure (b. 1958)
  • 2009
    Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)

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