About December 2

December 2, 2020 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.

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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 72 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.
  • 1763
    Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1845
    Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 1867
    At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Four U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a death squad in El Salvador.
  • 1993
    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.
  • 1993
    Space Shuttle program: STS-61 – NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 1999
    Glenbrook rail accident near Sydney, New South Wales.
  • 1999
    The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
  • 2001
    Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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