December 2 Today In Hoistory

Today’s Important Historical Events

1804 General Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of the French at the Notre Dame de Paris in a ceremony officiated by Pope Pius VII

1823 US President James Monroe declares the “Monroe Doctrine” opposing European colonialism in the Americas, arguing any European political intervention in the New World would be a hostile act against the United States

1845 US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West, a widely held belief termed “manifest destiny” by newspaper editor John O’Sullivan

1929 First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old. [1]

1976 Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

Today’s Historical Events

1409 The University of Leipzig opens

1620 English language newspaper “Namloos” begins publishing in Amsterdam

1682 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam following the failure of his plots to prevent a Catholic succession should King Charles II die

1697 St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (previous building destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

1755 The second Eddystone Lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks off English southern coast is destroyed by fire

1763 Touro shul of Newport, Rhode Island dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)

1777 British General Howe plots attack on Washington’s army for Dec 4

1790 Austrian army occupies Brussels

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1932 “Adventures of Charlie Chan” 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

1952 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado

1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand‘s “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” hits #1

1988 “Naked Gun” movie based on TV’s “Police Squad” premieres

1988 ESPN airs its 10,000th edition of ‘Sports Center’, making it the most televised cable program in history

1994 “Cobb” a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

2003 US reality show “The Simple Life” with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie premieres on Fox

Today’s Historical Music Events

1840 Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Favorita” premieres in Paris

1877 Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera “Samson et Dalila” premieres in Weimar

1883 Johannes Brahms‘ “3rd Symphony in F” premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

1885 Opera “Regina di Saba” premieres in Vienna

1951 “Borscht Capades” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances

1954 “Hit the Trail” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

1957 Sam Cooke’s single “You Send Me” reaches #1

1969 “Buck White” opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1887 International Baseball League disbands; teams in Syracuse, Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo form the International Association; those in Newark, Jersey City, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton become the Central League

1902 Dutch soccer club Be Quick – later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix ‘Eagles’ added in 1971

1907 Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (English Professional Football Players’ Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London

1909 National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league

1916 National Baseball Commission orders that injured players get full pay for duration of their contracts; injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days’ pay

1922 CFL Grey Cup, Richardson Stadium, Kingston: Queen’s University win first of 3 straight titles; defeat Edmonton Elks, 13-1

1932 Australia ends Day 1 of controversial ‘Bodyline’ cricket series v England at 290/6 in Sydney; Stan McCabe 127no (finishes at 187no); notorious England fast bowler Harold Larwood takes 4 wickets; England wins by 10 wickets