Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Four people are killed at the Zasyadko coal mine in eastern Ukraine where 101 people were killed twelve days earlier in the country's worst mining accident. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7124192.stm
Saturday, December 2, 2006
Ed Stelmach is elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta and will become the next premier of Alberta, replacing outgoing leader Ralph Klein and defeating competitors Jim Dinning and Ted Morton. //www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/12/03/alta-tories.html
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection five days after Dynegy cancels a US$8.4 billion buyout bid (to that point, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history).
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection five days after Dynegy canceled a this was the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States).
A small bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman. The bombing was a field test done by Ramzi Yousef to test explosives that would have been used in Project Bojinka.
The Australian government agrees to pay reparations to indigenous Australians who were displaced during the nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s.
The trial of former President Mengistu begins in Ethiopia.
British Home Secretary Michael Howard announces that Myra Hindley will serve a whole life tariff for the Moors Murders of the 1960s.
, 53, a builder living in Gloucester
, is remanded in custody, charged with murdering 12 people (including two of his own daughters) whose bodies are mostly found buried at his house in Cromwell Street. His wife Rose West
, 41, is charged with 10 murders. Police believe that the murders took place between 1967 and 1987, and suspect that they may have killed up to 30 people.
At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 (a McDonnell Douglas DC-9) collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 (a Boeing 727) on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crewmembers on Flight 1482.
Wednesday, December 2, 1987
"Hustler Magazine v. Falwell" is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
British Telecom is privatised.
Thursday, December 2, 1982
At the University of Utah, 61-year-old retired dentist Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart (he lives for 112 days with the device).
Tuesday, December 2, 1980
American missionary Jean Donovan and three Roman Catholic nuns are murdered by a military death squad in El Salvador while volunteering to do charity work during the country's civil war.
Tuesday, December 2, 1975
Saturday, December 2, 1972
The Provisional Irish Republican Army kidnaps Jean McConville in Belfast.
Over $10,000 cash is found in the purse of Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt's wife.
is stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant her bodyguards shoot him.
Edward Gough Whitlam becomes the first Labor Party Prime Minister of Australia for 23 years. He is sworn in on 5 December and his first action using executive power is to withdraw all Australian personnel from the Vietnam War.
Thursday, December 2, 1971
Wednesday, December 2, 1970
Tuesday, December 2, 1969
U Thant agrees to serve a second term as U.N. Secretary General.
Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to make a non-optimistic public comment on the war's progress.
Saturday, December 2, 1961
Wednesday, December 2, 1959
in southern France collapses and water flows over the town of Frejus, killing 412.
Wednesday, December 2, 1953
Thursday, December 2, 1943
A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks an American ship with a mustard gas stockpile, causin numerous fatalities (though the exact death toll is unresolved, as the bombing raid itself causes hundreds of deaths too).
ndash In reprisal for an act of sabotage, the SS
execute 100 tam wokers.
Wednesday, December 2, 1942
: In Warsaw
, 2 women, Zofia Kossak
and Wanda Filipowicz, risk their lives by setting up the Council for the Assistance of the Jews.
WWII: USAAF bombers make their first raid on Italy.
Tuesday, December 2, 1941
WWII ndash Attack on Pearl Harbor
: The code message Climb Mount Niitaka is transmitted to the Japanese task force, indicating that negotiations have broken down and that the attack is to be carried out according to plan.
Saturday, December 2, 1939
Tuesday, December 2, 1930
Great Depression: President Herbert Hoover goes before the U.S. Congress to ask for a $150 million public works program to help create jobs and to stimulate the American economy.
Thursday, December 2, 1926
British prime minister Stanley Baldwin
ends the martial law that had been declared due to general strike.
, the first all-big-gun warship, is commissioned.
The St. Petersburg Soviet
urges a run on the banks: the attempt fails and the executive committee is arrested.
Saturday, December 2, 1899
Augusta, KY: Augusta High School burns down due to a heating plant failure.
1867–1873 ndash Chinese, Scandinavian and Irish immigrants lay of railroad tracks in the USA.
At Fountain Point, Michigan, an artesian water spring begins to gush continuously.
Gorse is naturalised in New Zealand, where it soon becomes the worst invasive weed.
Yellow fever kills 3,093 in New Orleans.
invents the front wheel-driven velocipede, the first mass-produced bicycle.
Tuesday, December 2, 1862
Tuesday, December 2, 1856
Thursday, December 2, 1852
Tuesday, December 2, 1851
Saturday, December 2, 1848
Tuesday, December 2, 1845
Tuesday, December 2, 1823
Napoleonic Wars ndash Battle of Austerlitz: French troops under Napoleon decisively defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself as the first Emperor of the French in a thousand years (the Napoleonic Code is adopted).
Tuesday, December 2, 1766
Childsburgh, the Orange County, North Carolina county seat laid out as Corbin Town in 1754 and renamed in 1759, is renamed Hillsborough in honor of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough.
introduces its Freedom of the Press Act, becoming the first country of the world to protect freedom of the press in the Constitution, and the first country in the world to grant a wide-ranging freedom of information
Tuesday, December 2, 1755
The brine shrimp "Artemia salina" is first described, in Linnaeus' "Systema Naturæ".
, the clothes manufacturer, is established in Leicester
, England the business celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2005.
Spain completes the construction of Fort Matanzas in the Matanzas Inlet, approximately south of St. Augustine, Florida.
Rome decrees that Roman ceremonial practice in Latin (not in Chinese) is to be the law for Chinese missions.
tribes unite as a monarchy.
Eisenach, Germany builds its "Stadtschloss" (city castle).
In Peru, Juan Santos takes the name Atahualpa II and begins an ill-fated rebellion against the Spanish rule.
's English translation of "Don Quixote
" is published posthumously. Through a printer's error, the translator's name is printed as "'Charles Jarvis"', leading the book to forever be known as "the Jarvis translation". It is acclaimed as the most faithful English rendering of the novel made up to that time.
St Paul's Cathedral is opened in London.
Saturday, November 23, 1409 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, November 25, 1254 (Julianian calendar)
As part of an offensive against usury in north-western Europe, the pope Innocent IV releves the city of Beauvais from its obligations to its creditors.
King Louis IX of France expels all Jew
s from France.
Manfred of Sicily defeats the army of Pope Innocent IV at Foggia.
King Afonso III of Portugal
holds the first session of the "Cortes" (Portugal
's general assembly composed of nobles, members of the middle class, and representatives from all municipalities) in Leiria
The Horses of Saint Mark, once supposed to have adorned the Arch of Trajan in ancient Rome, are installed at Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice.