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Notable Historical Events for December 2nd

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)

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')

1933Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

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

1964Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

1867In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

1697St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated for use in London, England

1804Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris

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

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Notable Birthdays on December 2nd

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

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)

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Notable Weddings on December 2nd

188626th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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