December 2: Day of the Week
December 2, 2018 was the 336th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 29 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 2 Historical Event(s)
- 1851French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.
- 1852Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French (Napoleon III).
- 1930Great Depression: US President Herbert Hoover goes before the United States Congress and asks for a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
- 1942Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
- 1943A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
- 1947Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan.
- 1954The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and the Republic of China, is signed in Washington, D.C.
- 1980Four U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a death squad in El Salvador.
- 1999Glenbrook rail accident near Sydney, New South Wales.
- 2001Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Who were born on December 2?
- 1811Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
- 1891Otto Dix, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1969)
- 1893Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (d. 2002)
- 1901Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born footballer (d. 1986)
- 1915Prince Mikasa, Japanese royal
- 1924Alexander Haig, American Soldier & Civil servant, 7th Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 5th White House Chief of Staff and 59th United States Secretary of State (d. 2010)
- 1930David Piper, British race car driver
- 1957Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
- 1960Nicholas Dingley alias Razzle, British drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (d. 1984)
- 1984Péter Máté, Hungarian footballer
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