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2 December

1135 – England – Henry I died, aged 67, from food poisoning. http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=henry1

1409 – German – University of Leipzig opened. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig_University

1697 – England – St. Paul’s Cathedral, London consecrated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Paul%27s_Cathedral

1755 – UK – Fire at Eddystone Lighthouse. http://uslhs.org/rudyerds-tower-eddystone

1763 – America – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island. http://www.tourosynagogue.org/index.php/history-learning/synagogue-history

1804 – France – Naploeon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. http://www.napoleon.org/en/reading_room/timelines/files/sacre_day.asp

1805 – Austrian Empire – Battle of Austerlitz (War of the Third Coalition). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Austerlitz

1848 – Austria – Franz Josef I became Emperor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Josef_I_of_Austria

1852 – France – Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (Napoleon III) became Emperor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_III


1859 – USA – Militant abolitionist leader John Brown hanged. https://youtu.be/Ax7KjLUOt8w WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown_(abolitionist)

1863 – USA – Battle of Mine Run ended (American Civil War). http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/mine-run.html

1899 – Philippines – Battle of Tirad Pass (Philippine-American War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tirad_Pass

1908 – China – Pu Yio became Emperor, aged 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi

1920 – Armenia – Treaty of Alexandropol signed (Turkish-Armenian War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Alexandropol

1939 – USA – La Guardia Airport opened in New York. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/lga-history.html

1943 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Berlin (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1943 – Italy – Luftwaffe bombing of Bari (WWII). http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/53/a2087453.shtml

1945 – UK – Handley Page Ltd plane crashed at Radlett Airfield, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19451202-0

1947 – Israel – Jerusalem Riots. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1947_Jerusalem_riots

1949 – Indonesia – BPM plane crashed at Muntok Bay, 6 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19491202-0

1950 – North Vietnam – Battle of Ch’ongch’on River ended (Vietnam War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Ch%27ongch%27on_River

1954 – USA – Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_Mutual_Defense_Treaty

1968 – USA – Wien Consolidated Airlines Flight 55 crashed into Pedro Bay Alaska, 39 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19681202-0

1971 – United Arab Emirates – Independence from UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14703998

1975 – Kingdom of Laos – Laotian Civil War ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laotian_Civil_War

1976 – Cuba – Fidel Castro became President. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidel_Castro

1977 – Libya – Plane crashed near Benghazi, 59 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19771202-0

1980 – El Salvadore – 4 Maryknoll Sisters killed. (Salvadoran Civil War). https://youtu.be/8E_-VwWXKLU WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_murders_of_U.S._missionaries_in_El_Salvador

1988 – Pakistan – Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/64260/Benazir-Bhutto

1999 – Australia – Two trains crashed at Glenbrook, Sydney, New South Wales, 7 killed. http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/reports/rep99/glenbrook19991202_1203_01.html http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/features/glenbrook/interim_report.html

2015 – USA – San Bernardino Attack, 16 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_San_Bernardino_attack