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“2 December: What Happened On This Day In History?”


2 December: In a year, the 2nd of December is the 336th day as per the Gregorian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 337th day of the year.

What special day is today?

Many noted people and places came in news on this day. Teen-pop sensation Britney Spears, French painter Georges Seurat, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, and Canadian environmental activist Paul Watson share their birthday, on this date.

Marquis de Sade (French Author) and Philip Larkin (British Poet) died on the day.

Let’s explore the facts and figures given below that would bring out before us – what happened today.

2 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 2 December

Art & Artists

  • 1981Britney Spears, the teen-pop singer from America was born.
  • 1983 Michael Jackson’s album song Thriller (groundbreaking music video) aired on MTV.

Science & Technology

  • 1942 The world’s first controlled self-sustaining test for a nuclear chain reaction was conducted by Enrico Fermi and his fellow scientists at the University of Chicago.
  • 1970 Beginning of the operation of the US EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 1982 The Jarvik-7, the world’s first permanent artificial heart (a device made of aluminum and plastic) was planted in Barney Clark’s body by William C. DeVries (a cardiothoracic surgeon from America).

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1804 Napoleon enthroned himself as France’s emperor. Pope Pius VII was present on the occasion.
  • 1823Enunciation of the Monroe Doctrine by President James Monroe. According to the doctrine, the sphere of interest of the U.S. includes the entire Western Hemisphere even though the U.S. would not mess about in European affairs.
  • 1908 At the age of only three, Puyi turned into the Emperor of China.
  • 1971 Six small emirates on the Arabian Peninsula came together to form the UAE (United Arab Emirates). In February 1972, a 7th emirate joined it.

People & Society

  • 1993 Pablo Escobar, the world’s most dominant drug trafficker killed by authorities during a shoot-out. The Colombian criminal was active in the last two decades of the 20th century.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 2016 At a warehouse turned artist collective from Oakland, California caught in a fire that killed 36.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1993The launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour by NASA. The mission aimed to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1907 In Manchester, England, Billy Meredith and Charlie Roberts formed “the Trainers” and “The Union Association of Football Players”.
  • 2014 The death of Jean Beliveau, one of the greatest ice hockey players from Canada.

Birth Anniversaries (2 December)

  • 1859 Georges Seurat (French painter)
  • 1946 Gianni Versace (Fashion designer, Italy)
  • 1950 Paul Watson (Environmental Activist, Canadian)
  • 1960 Silk Smitha (Indian film actress)
  • 1983 Aaron Rodgers (American football player)

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Death Anniversaries (2 December)

  • 1814 Marquis de Sade (French Author)
  • 1985 Philip Larkin (British Poet)
  • 1987 Donn Eisele (American Astronaut)
  • 2002 Ivan Illich (Austrian priest and philosopher)

What Special Day is Today: (2 December)

  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (United Nations)
  • National Day (Laos)
  • National Day (United Arab Emirates)
  • Armed Forces Day (Cuba)


The sensational story of the day (02 December) is mind-blowing for all of us.

Many important events occurred on this day in history. The day has unique significance for many great personalities.

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