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Notable Historical Events for December 2nd

1976Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1941American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

1927Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

1995After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

1985Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

1956Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba

1948Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

1985NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

1840William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

1823President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"

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Notable Birthdays on December 2nd

1859Georges Seurat, Paris France, post-impressionist painter (Grande Jatte), (d. 1891)

1973Monica Seles, Novi Sad Yugoslavia, tennis star (US Open 1992)

1946Gianni Versace, Reggio Calabria, Italy, fashion designer (Versace), (d. 1997)

1981Britney Spears, Kentwood, Louisiana, singer and popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U")

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Notable Weddings on December 2nd

1965Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

1926Film director/producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

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Notable Deaths on December 2nd

1547Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador who defeated the Aztec Empire, dies of pleurisy at 61/62

1990Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

1993Pablo Escobar Gaviria, Colombian drug baron, shot to death at 44

1986Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer

1814Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

1859John Brown, US abolitionist (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

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