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
The University of Leipzig opens.
Monroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
An armistice is signed between Russia and the Central Powers at Brest-Litovsk and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk began.
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 Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, D.C.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Who were born on December 2?
Henry Yesler, American entrepreneur and politician (d. 1892)
Harry Burleigh, American composer (d. 1949)
Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper’s Magazine (d. 1991)
Bill Erwin, American actor (d. 2010)
Iakovos Kambanelis, Greek poet, playwright, lyricist, and novelist
Wayne Allard, American politician
Inger Davidson, Swedish politician
Tommy Jenkins, English football player
Frank Dietrich, German footballer
Cassie Steele, Canadian actress
Who died on December 2?
Hernán Cortés, Spanish explorer and conqueror (b. 1485)
Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer (b. 1512)
Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
José María Arguedas, Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist (b. 1911)
Luis Federico Leloir, French-born chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American religious figure (b. 1958)
Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
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