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  • Notre Dame de Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 1804

    Napoleon

    Napoleon's coronation

    Notre Dame de Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 1804

    Napoleon's coronation, officiated by Pope Pius VII, took place at Notre Dame de Paris, on 2 December 1804.




  • Notre Dame, Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 1804

    Simón Bolívar

    Bolívar witnessed the coronation of Napoleon in Notre Dame

    Notre Dame, Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 1804

    While in Paris, Bolívar witnessed the coronation of Napoleon in Notre Dame, an event that left a profound impression on him. Even if he disagreed with the crowning, he was highly sensitive to the popular veneration inspired by the hero.




  • Austerlitz, Moravia, Holy Roman Empire (now Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic)
    Monday Dec 2, 1805

    Holy Roman Empire

    Battle of the Three Emperors

    Austerlitz, Moravia, Holy Roman Empire (now Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic)
    Monday Dec 2, 1805

    The Battle of Austerlitz (2 December 1805/11 Frimaire An XIV FRC), also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of the most important and decisive engagements of the Napoleonic Wars. In what is widely regarded as the greatest victory achieved by Napoleon, the Grande Armée of France defeated a larger Russian and Austrian army led by Emperor Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II. The battle occurred near the town of Austerlitz in the Austrian Empire (modern-day Slavkov u Brna in the Czech Republic). Austerlitz brought the War of the Third Coalition to a rapid end, with the Treaty of Pressburg signed by the Austrians later in the month. The battle is often cited as a tactical masterpiece, in the same league as other historic engagements like Cannae or Gaugamela.




  • Austerlitz, Moravia, Austrian Empire (Present Day Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic)
    Monday Dec 2, 1805

    Napoleon

    Battle of Austerlitz

    Austerlitz, Moravia, Austrian Empire (Present Day Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic)
    Monday Dec 2, 1805

    At this critical juncture, both Tsar Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II decided to engage Napoleon in battle, despite reservations from some of their subordinates. Napoleon sent his army north in pursuit of the Allies, but then ordered his forces to retreat so that he could feign a grave weakness. At the Battle of Austerlitz, in Moravia on 2 December, he deployed the French army below the Pratzen Heights and deliberately weakened his right flank, enticing the Allies to launch a major assault there in the hopes of rolling up the whole French line.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 2, 1886

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Second Marriage

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 2, 1886

    On December 2, 1886, Roosevelt married his childhood and family friend, Edith Kermit Carow.




  • Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Saturday Dec 2, 1911

    Xinhai Revolution

    Capturing Nanking City

    Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Saturday Dec 2, 1911

    On 2 December, Nanking City was captured by the revolutionaries after the Battle of Nanking, 1911.




  • New York, U.S.
    Saturday Dec 2, 1916

    Statue of Liberty

    Lighting the Statue

    New York, U.S.
    Saturday Dec 2, 1916

    In 1916, Ralph Pulitzer, who had succeeded his father Joseph as the publisher of the World, began a drive to raise $30,000 (equivalent to $705,000 in 2019) for an exterior lighting system to illuminate the statue at night. He claimed over 80,000 contributors but failed to reach the goal. The difference was quietly made up by a gift from a wealthy donor—a fact that was not revealed until 1936. An underwater power cable brought electricity from the mainland and floodlights were placed along the walls of Fort Wood. Gutzon Borglum, who later sculpted Mount Rushmore, redesigned the torch, replacing much of the original copper with stained glass. On December 2, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson pressed the telegraph key that turned on the lights, successfully illuminating the statue.


  • Playa las Coloradas, Cuba
    Sunday Dec 2, 1956

    Raúl Castro

    Granma Attack

    Playa las Coloradas, Cuba
    Sunday Dec 2, 1956

    During his exile in Mexico, he participated in the preparations for the expedition of the boat Grandma to Cuba. When the Granma landing failed and the 82 expeditionaries were detected by government troops soon after, Raúl was one of only 12 fighters who managed to reach a safe haven in the Sierra Maestra mountains, forming the core of the nascent rebel army (see the Cuban Revolution). As Fidel's brother and trusted right-hand man, and given his proven leadership abilities during and after the Moncada attack, he was given progressively bigger commands.


  • Playa Las Coloradas, Cuba
    Sunday Dec 2, 1956

    Fidel Castro

    The Granma Ran aground

    Playa Las Coloradas, Cuba
    Sunday Dec 2, 1956

    The Granma ran aground in a mangrove swamp at Playa Las Coloradas, close to Los Cayuelos, on 2 December 1956.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 2, 1968

    Johan Cruyff

    Marriage

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 2, 1968

    Cruyff and Danny Coster getting married on 2 December 1968


  • United Arab Emirates
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

    The Presidency of The UAE

    United Arab Emirates
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    In 1971, after occasionally difficult negotiations with the other six rulers of the Trucial States, the United Arab Emirates was formed. Zayed was appointed to the presidency of the UAE in 1971 and was reappointed on four more occasions: 1976, 1981, 1986, and 1991.


  • United Arab Emirates
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

    Supreme Commander of The Armed Forces

    United Arab Emirates
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    After the United Arab Emirates was formed, Zayed became the Supreme Commander of The Armed Forces.


  • India – Pakistan
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    Indira Gandhi

    The Indo-Pakistani War

    India – Pakistan
    Thursday Dec 2, 1971

    The biggest achievement of Indira Gandhi after the 1971 election came in December 1971 with India's decisive victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani War that occurred in the last two weeks of the Bangladesh Liberation War which led to the formation of independent Bangladesh. She was hailed as Goddess Durga by opposition leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee at that time.


  • Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Dec 2, 1976

    Raúl Castro

    The First Vice President of Cuba

    Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Dec 2, 1976

    He served as First Vice President of the Cuban Council of State of the National Assembly of People's Power and Council of Ministers when these were established in 1976.


  • Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Dec 2, 1976

    Fidel Castro

    President of Cuba

    Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Dec 2, 1976

    Cuba's government underwent a restructuring along Soviet lines, claiming that this would further democratize and decentralize power away from Castro. Officially announcing Cuba's identity as a socialist state, the First National Congress of the Cuban Communist Party was held, and a new constitution adopted that abolished the position of President and Prime Minister. Castro remained the dominant figure in governance, taking the presidency of the newly created Council of State and Council of Ministers, making him both head of state and head of government.


  • Germany
    Sunday Dec 2, 1990

    Angela Merkel

    Political career begining

    Germany
    Sunday Dec 2, 1990

    In the German federal election of 1990, the first to be held following reunification, Merkel successfully stood for election to the Bundestag in the parliamentary constituency of Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen in north Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She has won re-election from this constituency at the seven federal elections held since then.Almost immediately following her entry into parliament, Merkel was appointed by Chancellor Helmut Kohl to serve as Minister for Women and Youth in the federal cabinet.


  • Los Olivos, Medellín, Colombia
    Thursday Dec 2, 1993

    Pablo Escobar: Narcos

    Death

    Los Olivos, Medellín, Colombia
    Thursday Dec 2, 1993

    Sixteen months after his escape from La Catedral, Pablo Escobar died in a shootout on 2 December 1993, amid another of Escobar's attempts to elude the Search Bloc. A Colombian electronic surveillance team, led by Brigadier Hugo Martínez, used radio trilateration technology to track his radiotelephone transmissions and found him hiding in Los Olivos, a middle-class barrio in Medellín. With authorities closing in, a firefight with Escobar and his bodyguard, Álvaro de Jesús Agudelo (alias "El Limón"), ensued. The two fugitives attempted to escape by running across the roofs of adjoining houses to reach a back street, but both were shot and killed by Colombian National Police. Escobar suffered gunshots to the leg and torso, and a fatal gunshot through the ear.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 2, 1997

    Robin Williams

    Best Supporting Actor

    U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 2, 1997

    Many of his later roles were in comedies tinged with pathos. His roles in comedy and dramatic films garnered Williams an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997)), as well as two previous Academy Award nominations (for playing an English teacher in Dead Poets Society (1989)), and for playing a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King (1991). In 1991, he played an adult Peter Pan in the film Hook, although he had said that he would have to lose twenty-five pounds for the role.


  • Kerman, Iran
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2003

    Plane Accidents

    Iranian military Ilyushin Il-76

    Kerman, Iran
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2003

    An Iranian military Ilyushin Il-76 crashed in mountainous terrain near Kerman in Iran on February 19, 2003. The official report says bad weather brought the aircraft down; high winds and fog were present at the time of the crash.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 2007

    Kaká

    The Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 2, 2007

    On 2 December 2007, Kaká became the eighth Milan player to win the Ballon d'Or, as he finished with a decisive 444 votes, well ahead of runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2008

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    First Ballon d'Or awarded

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2008

    He subsequently became United's first Ballon d'Or winner since George Best in 1968.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 2, 2009

    Bank of America

    Bank of America announced it would repay the entire $45 billion it received in TARP and exit the program

    U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 2, 2009

    On December 2, 2009, Bank of America announced it would repay the entire $45 billion it received in TARP and exit the program, using $26.2 billion of excess liquidity along with $18.6 billion to be gained in "common equivalent securities" (Tier 1 capital). The bank announced it had completed the repayment on December 9.


  • Myanmar
    Friday Dec 2, 2011

    Conflict in Myanmar

    SSA-S signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government

    Myanmar
    Friday Dec 2, 2011

    The SSA-S (the Shan State Army - South) maintains bases along the Myanmar–Thailand border, and signed a ceasefire agreement with the government on 2 December 2011.


  • San Bernardino, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 2, 2015

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    San Bernardino Attack

    San Bernardino, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 2, 2015

    On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 others were seriously injured in an Islamic terrorist attack consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. Farook was a U.S.-born citizen of Pakistani descent, who worked as a health department employee. Malik was a Pakistani-born green card holder.


  • China
    Sunday Dec 2, 2018

    Hong Kong independence

    Chu was told that his candidacy was invalid

    China
    Sunday Dec 2, 2018

    On 2 December, Chu was told that his candidacy was invalid, making him the tenth candidate barred from running in the election for his political belief and the first banned from running in the village-level election.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 2, 2019

    Lionel Messi

    2019 Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 2, 2019

    The 2019 Ballon d'Or was the 64th annual ceremony of the Ballon d'Or, presented by France Football, and recognising the best footballer in the world for 2019. Lionel Messi won the award for a record sixth time in his career.


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