December 2 In Pop Culture History

December 2 in Pop Culture History

1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated in London.

1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

PSFS1816 – The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS), opened for business.

1823 – US President James Monroe introduced the Monroe Doctrine.

1877 – 1877, Louis-Paul Cailletet (1832-1913) became the first to liquify oxygen. He went on to liquify nitrogen, hydrogen, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and acetylene.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled it’s second mass production model, the Ford Model A as its new automobile.

1939 – The New York Municipal Airport opened. It was renamed LaGuardia Airport, after the mayor who pushed it for construction, in 1953.

1942 – Enrico Fermi produced the first nuclear chain reaction, below Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.

1950 – #1 Hit December 2, 1950 – December 29, 1950: Phil HarrisThe Thing

1954 – The US Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” He was looking for communists within the government.

1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist/Leninist and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism.

1964 – Students stormed Sproul Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in a massive ‘sit-in.’

1967 – #1 Hit December 2, 1967 – December 29, 1967: The MonkeesDaydream Believer

1969 – On I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) became Mrs. Anthony Nelson.

1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed by President Richard Nixon, began operating. William Ruckelshaus was the first director.

1971 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed as a federation from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.

1972 – #1 Hit December 2, 1972 – December 8, 1972: The TemptationsPapa Was a Rollin’ Stone

1978 – #1 Hit December 2, 1978 – December 8, 1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil DiamondYou Don’t Bring Me Flowers

1982 – University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark, designed by Robert Jarvik The Jarvik-7. It expended Barney’s life by 16 weeks.

1983 – The epic (nearly 14 minutes long) music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller premiered.

1988 – The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! was released in theaters.

1993 – Drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by police forces in Medellin, Colombia.

1995 – #1 Hit December 2, 1995 – March 22, 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II MenOne Sweet Day

1997 – Good Will Hunting, starring and written by Matt Damon and Ben Afflec debuted in theaters.

2001 – Enron filed for bankruptcy.

2005 – Aeon Flux debuted in theaters.

2006 – #1 Hit December 2, 2006 – December 15, 2006: Akon featuring Snoop DoggI Wanna Love You

2009 – Nidal Hasan with thirty-two counts of attempted premeditated murder at the Fort Hood shooting spree on November 5th. There has been a lot of debate on whether it was an act of terrorism or ‘work place violence.’

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