This Day in History on 2 December

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 2 December. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Important Events

1402: The University of Leipzig was established.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned as Emperor of France.

1911: George V and Queen Mary became the first King-Queen of Britain to visit India.

1942: Sri Aurobindo Ashram School established in Pondicherry.

1942: Enrico Fermi succeeded in controlling the chain reaction at the Chicago nuclear power plant for the first time. This led to the discovery of nuclear energy.

1971: UAE declared independence from Britain.

1971: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed by Abu Dhabi, Ajman, and, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain.

1976: Fidel Castro became President of Cuba.

1989: Vishwanath Pratap Singh became the seventh Prime Minister of the country.

1999: Private sector investment in the insurance sector in India was approved.

1999: Lok Sabha approves two bills, the FEMA, which prohibited the introduction of black money into official transactions.

2003: United Nations War Criminal Court convicted former military commander of Bosnian Serb Momir Nikolic in the Serbica massacre of 1995 and sentenced him to 27 years in prison.

2005: The government of Pakistan enacted a law to prohibit the publication of education and literature by madrassas to spread religious hatred and to inspire terrorism.

2007: President Pervez Musharraf banned protests and rallies in Pakistan.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Indra Lal Roy

1764: Pratap Singh, the maharaja of Jaipur, India.

1885: George Richard, a scientist who studies the liver and liver secretions.

1898: Inder Lal Roy, an Indian pilot in World War I.

1937: Manohar Joshi, an Indian politician, and 15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Manohar Joshi

1942: Dr. Anita Avchat, an Indian social worker, Founder of Muktangan.

1947: K. V. Kamath, the former chief of the New Development Bank of BRICS countries.

1948: Rajat Kumar Gupta, an Indian-American businessman.

1959: Boman Irani, an Indian theatre, and film actor.

1960: J. P. Nadda, an Indian politician serving as the president of the Bharatiya Janta Party.

1963: Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian-American scientist.

1981: Britney Spears, an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1547: Hernán Cortés, a Spanish Conquistador.

1594: Gerhard Mercator, cartographer, mathematician, and philosopher.

1814: Marquis de Sade, a French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer.

1919: Henry Clay Frick, an American industrialist, financier, union-buster, and art patron.

1980: Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, the 4th Prime Minister of Pakistan.

A. R. Antulay

1985: Philip Larkin, an English poet, and writer.

1996: M. Chenna Reddy, an Indian politician, 11th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

2014: A. R. Antulay, Indian lawyer and politician, 8th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (b. 1929)

Further Reading

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