December 2 holidays in 2021

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - International
National Mutt Day - Unofficial
National Fritters Day - Unofficial
Special Education Day - Unofficial
Hanukkah IV Israel Observance, Hebrew
National Day Laos Public Holiday

Historical Events on December 2

  • 1775: John Paul Jones hoists the Grand Union Flag on the USS Alfred. This is the first vessel to fly this precursor to the American Stars and Stripes flag.
  • 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself as French Emperor in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
  • 1805: Napoleon leads French forces in a victorious battle against a joint force of Russians and Austrians.
  • 1823: United States President James Monroe introduces the Monroe Doctrine when he gives a speech that proclaims America will remain neutral in all future European wars and warns the European countries should not try to interfere in the Americas.
  • 1845: United States President James K. Polk gives a State of the Union address which suggests that the U.S should expand aggressively westward – a policy known as Manifest Destiny.
  • 1927: The Model A is introduced by the Ford Motor Company.
  • 1930: During the Great Depression, United States President Herbert Hoover suggest a public works program should be initiated to help stimulate the economy. This job works program would cost $150 million dollars ($2.15 billion in adjusted 2017 dollars).
  • 1942: During WWII, Ernico Fermi and his team initiate the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction as they are working on the top-secret Manhattan Project.

Famous Birthdays on December 2

  • French painter Georges Seurat is born in 1859.
  • German painter Otto Dix is born in 1891.
  • American author and historian, Charles H. Wesley is born in 1891.
  • American actor Bill Erwin is born in 1914.
  • American playwright and composer, Adolph Green is born in 1914.
  • American singer Sylvia Syms is born in 1917.
  • American actress Julie Harris is born in 1925.
  • American author Ann Patchett is born in 1963.
  • Canadian NHL player and coach, Ron Sutter is born in 1963.
  • Canadian NHL player and scout, Rich Sutter is born in 1963.
  • American actress and producer, Lucy Liu is born in 1968.
  • American actress Rena Sofer is born in 1968.

Mardi Gras

Maundy Thursday

Tax Day

Easter Monday

Labor Day