December 2 in Pop Culture History

December 2nd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

December 2nd History Highlights

  • 1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in North America.
  • 1823 – President James Monroe proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine.
  • 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.’
  • 1971Imus in the Morning premiered. Don Imus was an early opinion-oriented comedy/talk show pioneer.
  • If you were born on December 2nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 10th (same year)

Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine was a declaration made by President James Monroe to Congress on December 2, 1823, in which he claimed that the Western Hemisphere was now taboo for “European powers” because no new colonies could be established on the American continent. He also said that if there were conflicts, the US would stay in its existing colonies. Although Monroe’s message was largely conceived by John Quincy Adams, the Old and New Worlds were and should be fundamentally different, representing two different spheres of influence.

December 2nd is…

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
National Fritters Day
National Mutt Day
Play Basketball Day
Popping Corn Day
Special Education Day

December 2nd Quotes

Life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good.
Pablo Escobar (died Dec 2, 1993)

But I think you can make fun of anything as long as it’s funny enough.
– Sarah Silverman

I would really, really, really like to be a legend like Madonna. Madonna knows what to do next, and when she’s performing, the audience is just in awe of her.
– Britney Spears

I try to contrast; life today is full of contrast… We have to change.
– Gianni Versace

I want to be an artist that everyone can relate to, that’s young, happy, and fun.
– Britney Spears

Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don’t like it shouldn’t come to hear me.
– Maria Callas

Nobody on this earth is perfect. Everybody has their flaws… everybody has their dark secrets and vices.
– Juice Wrld

December 2nd Birthdays

1754 – William Cooper, politician, founded Cooperstown, New York (died in 1809)
1859 – Georges Seurat, French painter (Died in 1891)
1923 – Maria Callas, American singer (Died in 1977)
1924 – Jonathan Frid, Canadian actor (died in 2012)
1924 – Alexander Haig, American politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (died in 2010)
1940 – Willie Brown, American football player (died in 2019)
1946 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founder of Versace (died in 1997)
1948 – Cathy Lee Crosby, American actress
1950 – Paul Watson, Canadian activist, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
1968 – Lucy Liu, American actress
1970 – Sarah Silverman, American comedian
1973 – Monica Seles, Serbian/ American tennis player
1978 – Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer-songwriter
1981 – Britney Spears, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1989 – Cassie Steele, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
1998 – Juice Wrld (Jarad A. Higgins), American rapper

December 2nd 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.

1816 – The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS), opened for business.

1823 – US President James Monroe introduced the Monroe Doctrine.

1859 – Abolitionist leader John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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

1901 – King Camp Gillette patented (US #775134A) his safety razor.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its 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 Harris – The 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.

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

1969On 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 Temptations – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

1978 – #1 Hit December 2, 1978 – December 8, 1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond – You 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.

1988The 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 Men – One Sweet Day

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

December 2, 1997 (fiction) V blew up the Old Bailey, V for Vendetta, Film/DC Comics

2001 – Enron filed for bankruptcy.

2005Aeon Flux debuted in theaters.

2006 – #1 Hit December 2, 2006 – December 15, 2006: Akon featuring Snoop Dogg – I 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 ‘ workplace violence.’

December 2, 2011Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! aired on The Disney Channel

December 3, 2013The Wiz Live! aired on NBC.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

US President #35 John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961-1963) John was the youngest man elected to the office (he was 43). With the assassination of President McKinley, Roosevelt, 42, became the youngest president in the nation’s history.

Bernardo de Gálvez is one of eight people to have been granted “Honorary Citizenship” by the United States

The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia

White-Tailed Sea Eagles went extinct in Scotland in 1916 due to hunting and egg collecting. In 1975 a breeding pair from Norway were re-introduced and by 2006 the 200th Sea Eagle egg hatched on the Isle of Skye.

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #12 – Chastity.
Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

5% of people do not experience a headache in their lifetime.

If a bridge was to be build spanning the Atlantic Ocean, there would have to be some sort of lane switching area because you drive on different sides.

Butler’s Law of Progress: All progress is based on a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Elvis Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album is the best-selling Christmas album of all time with 10 million copies shipped since its release in 1957.

Some people call me the Space Cowboy, some call me the Gangster of Love. Some people call me Maurice. All those people suck at nicknames.

The Capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan

“Who’s on first?” – Dexter (Bud Abbott) in The Naughty Nineties, 1945

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