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Monday 2 December 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Chatham Islands Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 30th of November but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date)
  • Father's Day in the Philippines (is officially celebrated every first Monday of December)
  • Westland Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 1st of December but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. This date can vary outside of Greymouth)

Events

  • 1991 – Canada and Poland become the first nations to recognize the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.
  • 1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
  • 1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
  • 1980 – Salvadoran Civil War: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by a death squad.
  • 1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
  • 1962 – 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 comment adversely on the war's progress.
  • 1954 – Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute".
  • 1954 – The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, is signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 – World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which is carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
  • 1942 – World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
  • 1899 – Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • 1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 1845 – Manifest destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas.
  • 1775 – The USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes); the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
  • 1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what will become the United States.
  • 1244 – Pope Innocent IV arrives at Lyon for the First Council of Lyon

Births

  • 1991 – Charlie Puth, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1985 – Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Aaron Rodgers, American football player
  • 1983 – Daniela Ruah, Portuguese-American actress
  • 1983 – Jana Kramer, American actress and singer
  • 1982 – Matt Ware, American football player
  • 1981 – Britney Spears, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1981 – Eric Jungmann, American actor
  • 1978 – Jarron Collins, American basketball player and coach
  • 1978 – Jason Collins, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Mark Kotsay, American baseball player
  • 1973 – Monica Seles, Serbian-American tennis player
  • 1971 – Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor and singer
  • 1970 – Treach, American rapper (Naughty By Nature) and actor
  • 1968 – Darryl Kile, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1968 – Lucy Liu, American actress and producer
  • 1968 – Nate Mendel, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1968 – Rena Sofer, American actress
  • 1966 – Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese wrestler and promoter, co-founded Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling
  • 1963 – Ann Patchett, American author
  • 1958 – George Saunders, American short story writer and essayist
  • 1956 – Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor and producer
  • 1954 – Dan Butler, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Carol Shea-Porter, American social worker, academic, and politician
  • 1950 – Paul Watson, Canadian activist, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • 1948 – Elizabeth Berg, American nurse and author
  • 1948 – T. Coraghessan Boyle, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1946 – David Macaulay, English-American author and illustrator
  • 1946 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founded Versace (d. 1997)
  • 1946 – Pedro Borbón, Dominican-American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Penelope Spheeris, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Wayne Allard, American veterinarian and politician
  • 1940 – Willie Brown, American football player, coach, and manager
  • 1939 – Harry Reid, American lawyer and politician, 25th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • 1935 – David Hackett Fischer, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1933 – Mike Larrabee, American sprinter and educator (d. 2003)
  • 1931 – Edwin Meese, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 75th United States Attorney General
  • 1931 – Masaaki Hatsumi, Japanese martial artist and educator, founded Bujinkan
  • 1931 – Wynton Kelly, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)
  • 1930 – Gary Becker, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Dan Jenkins, American journalist and author
  • 1929 – Leon Litwack, American historian and author
  • 1925 – Julie Harris, American actress (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Maria Callas, American-Greek soprano and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1917 – Sylvia Syms, American singer (d. 1992)
  • 1916 – Howard Finster, American minister and painter (d. 2001)
  • 1914 – Adolph Green, American playwright and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1914 – Bill Erwin, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1913 – Marc Platt, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2014)
  • 1910 – Russell Lynes, American photographer, historian, and author (d. 1991)
  • 1909 – Joseph P. Lash, American activist and author (d. 1987)
  • 1906 – Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (d. 1977)
  • 1899 – Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1894 – Warren William, American actor (d. 1948)
  • 1893 – Leo Ornstein, Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1891 – Charles H. Wesley, American historian and author (d. 1987)
  • 1885 – George Minot, American physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
  • 1866 – Harry Burleigh, American singer-songwriter (d. 1949)
  • 1863 – Charles Edward Ringling, American businessman, co-founded the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1926)
  • 1810 – Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (d. 1892)
  • 1760 – John Breckinridge, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th United States Attorney General (d. 1806)
  • 1759 – James Edward Smith, English botanist and mycologist, founded the Linnean Society (d. 1828)
  • 1754 – William Cooper, American judge and politician, founded Cooperstown, New York (d. 1809)
  • 1738 – Richard Montgomery, Irish-American general (d. 1775)
  • 1694 – William Shirley, English-American lawyer and politician, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1771)

Deaths

  • 2015 – George T. Sakato, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Sandy Berger, American lawyer and politician, 19th United States National Security Advisor (b. 1945)
  • 2015 – Will McMillan, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1944)
  • 2014 – Bobby Keys, American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-French engineer and businessman, founded Orangina (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – William Allain, American soldier and politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Tom Hendry, Canadian playwright, co-founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre (b. 1929)
  • 2009 – Foge Fazio, American football player and coach (b. 1938)
  • 2008 – Henry Molaison, American memory disorder patient (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Odetta, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – Elizabeth Hardwick, American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1916)
  • 2007 – Jennifer Alexander, Canadian-American ballerina and actress (b. 1972)
  • 2005 – William P. Lawrence, American admiral and pilot (b. 1930)
  • 2004 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2000 – Gail Fisher, American actress (b. 1935)
  • 1999 – Charlie Byrd, American guitarist (b. 1925)
  • 1997 – Michael Hedges, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1953)
  • 1995 – Mária Telkes, Hungarian–American biophysicist and chemist (b. 1900)
  • 1995 – Roxie Roker, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1990 – Aaron Copland, American composer and conductor (b. 1900)
  • 1990 – Robert Cummings, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1908)
  • 1986 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, businessman, and television producer (b. 1917)
  • 1986 – John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist and academic (b. 1912)
  • 1983 – Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1904)
  • 1981 – Wallace Harrison, American architect, co-founded Harrison & Abramovitz (b. 1895)
  • 1976 – Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • 1957 – Harrison Ford, American actor (b. 1884)
  • 1957 – Manfred Sakel, Ukrainian-American neurophysiologist and psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  • 1936 – John Ringling, American businessman, co-founded Ringling Brothers Circus (b. 1866)
  • 1927 – Paul Heinrich von Groth, German scientist who systematically classified minerals and founded the journal Zeitschrift für Krystallographie und Mineralogie (b. 1843)
  • 1892 – Jay Gould, American businessman and financier (b. 1836)
  • 1859 – John Brown, American activist and murderer (b. 1800)
  • 1726 – Samuel Penhallow, English-American historian and author (b. 1665)
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