About December 2

December 2, 2024 is the 337th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Sagittarius is the sun 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 58 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 2

  • 1755
    The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
  • 1804
    At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.
  • 1823
    Monroe Doctrine: US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
  • 1848
    Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.
  • 1859
    Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harper’s Ferry.
  • 1867
    At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 1899
    Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed “The Filipino Thermopylae”, is fought.
  • 1908
    Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • 1920
    Following more than a month of Turkish-Armenian War, the Turkish dictated Treaty of Alexandropol is concluded.
  • 1927
    Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
  • 1930
    Great Depression: US President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
  • 1939
    New York City’s La Guardia Airport opens.
  • 1947
    Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan.
  • 1954
    The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961
    In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
  • 1976
    Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.
  • 1988
    Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.

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