a 02 December:
1999 Relative calm returns to Seattle, where a meeting of the World Trade Organization was greeted earlier with sometimes violent demonstrations.
1999 In Northern Ireland, a power-sharing Cabinet of Protestants and Catholics sat down together for the first time.
1997 Alan Greenspan, head of the US Federal Reserve, says that Asia's financial crisis will gradually abate and that the affected nations will end up all the stronger.
1997 Representatives of 41 countries met in London to discuss the whereabouts of gold and other valuable assets seized by the Nazi government from Jews in Germany and occupied countries before and during World War II.
1990 Chancellor Helmut Kohl's center-right coalition easily wins the first free all-German (West and East) elections since 1932.
1978 Chanting Allah is great,anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran.
| 1958 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands
1957 First full-scale atomic electric power plant--power generated, Pennsylvania
1930 President Herbert Hoover went before Congress to make a plea for a $150 million public works program, to combat the great Depressian. A few weeks later, Congress would appropriated $116 million in hopes of putting Americans back to work on various construction projects.
1901 Gillette patents 1st disposable razor
1899 US and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
1895 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes
1891 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
1863 Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee continues
1862 Skirmish at Leed's Ferry on Virginia's Rappahannock River.
| 1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation
1577 John of the Cross, Spanish mystic and Carmelite, is seized by those angry at his reforms.
2005 Nguyen Tuong Van [17 Aug 1980–], hanged in Singapore for drug trafficking. An Australian citizen, he was the object of a large human rights campaign for mercy, which Singapore authorities refused. —(051201)
2002 Ivan Illich, philosopher and social critic born in Vienna, Austria, on 04 September 1926, Catholic priest who left the ministry in 1969 when he was castigated as “politically immoral” by the Vatican. One of his best known books De-Schooling Society (1971) which opposed mandatory public education, just as he opposed social institutionilization in other areas.
2001 At least 14 persons plus the suicide bomber from Hamas who boards and then destroys the Egged No. 16 bus on Hagiborim Street in the Halisa neighborhood of downtown Haifa just after midday. At least 12 persons are killed in the bus and two pedestrians are run over by the out-of-control bus. About 40 persons are injured.
2001 Baruch Zinger, 51, Jihad Musri, 17, and Muslama al-Jazeera, as the last two, from Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip, members of the Al-Qassem Brigade, shoot at passing cars near the enclave settlement Alei Sinai at the northern end of the Gaza Strip, injuring another 4 persons. The two attackers, clothed in Israeli uniforms, are then found by an Israeli tank which kills them. Zinger was a professor of electrochemistry from the central Israeli city of Gadera.
2000 Some 100 persons crushed by shopping mall collapsing at 14:00 (06:00 UT) in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China. Workers had just completed illegally adding two floors to the one-story building. A large crack and sinking had been observed for several days.
1993 Pablo Escobar, 44, in shoot-out with police and soldiers, in Medellin, Colombia. He had been the principal boss of the Medellin Drug Cartel.
1990 Aaron Copeland, 90, composer (Fanfare for the Common Man), in North Tarrytown, N.Y.
1989 Christopher Conan Milke, by three .22-caliber bullets to the back of the head, in Arizona. He was born on 02 October 1985. His mother, Debra Jean “Debbie” Milke (born Sadeik, on 10 March 1964) would be sentenced to death on 11 January 1991 for having arranged for his murder. The web site http://www.debbiemilke.com would claim that she is innocent..
1967 Cardinal Francis Spellman, 78, in New York
1966 L. E. J. Brouwer, mathematician.
1964 Roger Bissière, French artist born on 22 September 1886 (1888?). — more with links to images.
1959 Victims of the Malpasset dam collapse, which destroys French Riviera town of Fréjus
1873 Gräffe, mathematician.
1660 Govaert (or Govert) Flinck, Dutch Baroque painter of portraits, genre, and narrative subjects, one of Rembrandt's most accomplished followers, born on 16 December 1615 or 1616. MORE ON FLINCK AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1654 Giacomo Apollonio di Giovanni, Italian artist born in 1582
1594 Gerardus Mercator, mathematician.
1381 Jan Van Ruysbroek, the Ecstatic Doctor, so called because of his mysticism which melded personal experience with metaphysical commentary on scripture. His life and writings will influence the rise of German mysticism.
1971 United Arab Emirates formed from Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah and Umm ak Qiwain
1970 US Environmental Protection Agency begins operating under director William Ruckelshaus.
1969 Boeing 747 jumbo jet gets its first public preview as 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, fly from Seattle to New York City.
1952 First baby whose birth is televised to public (Denver, CO)
1939 BOAC is born of the merger of British Imperial Airways and British Airways.
1939 New York's La Guardia Airport begins operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
1937 Brian Lumley England, author (Beneath the Moors)
1931 Edwin Meese III prude, US attorney general (1985-88)
1927 The Model A Ford is introduced as the successor to the Model T. The price of a Model A roadster is $395
1924 Alexander Haig Jr (R) US Sec of State (1981-82)/general
1915 Randolph Hearst newspaper publisher
1901 Temple, mathematician.
1897 Rewi Alley NZ, writer (Americans in China)
1891 Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix, German artist who died on 25 July 1969. MORE ON DIX AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1885 Nikos Kazantzakis Greece, writer (Zorba, Last Temptation of Christ)
1885 George Minot US, physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
1873 Henri Achille Zo, French artist who died in September 1933.
1859 Georges Pierre Seurat, French Pointillist painter who died on 29 March 1891. MORE ON SEURAT AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1831 Paul David Gustav du Bois-Reymond, German mathematician who died on 07 April 1889, brother of physiologist Emil Heinrich du Bois-Reymond [07 Nov 1818 – 26 Dec 1896].
1831 Francis N. Peloubet, American Congregational clergyman. A promoter of the Sunday School, he wrote 44 annual volumes of Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons between 1875 and his death in 1920. They were known afterward as Peloubet's Notes.
1819 Diodore Charles Rahoult, French artist who died on 23 March 1874.
1786 Albertus Brondgeest, Dutch artist who died on 30 June 1849.
1649 Jean-Baptiste Corneille, French artist who died on 12 April 1695. link to an image.