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, 446,352 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 ‘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

  • 1804
    At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz – French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
  • 1845
    Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 1848
    Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.
  • 1939
    New York City’s La Guardia Airport opens.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public comment on the war’s progress.
  • 1970
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
  • 1982
    At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
  • 1999
    Glenbrook rail accident near Sydney, New South Wales.

Who were born on December 2?

  • 1703
    Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer (d. 1759)
  • 1810
    Henry Yesler, American entrepreneur and politician (d. 1892)
  • 1811
    Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • 1817
    Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • 1825
    Emperor Pedro II of Brazil (d. 1891)
  • 1934
    Sissela Bok, Swedish philosopher and ethicist
  • 1968
    Lucy Liu, American actress
  • 1976
    Eddy Garabito, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982
    Christos Karipidis, Greek footballer
  • 1991
    Brandon Knight, American basketball player

Who died on December 2?

  • 1515
    Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish general and statesman (b. 1453)
  • 1814
    Marquis de Sade, French writer (b. 1740)
  • 1943
    Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian author and journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1995
    Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Van Tuong Nguyen, Thai-born Australian drug smuggler (b. 1980)
  • 2009
    Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)

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