2nd November, on this day

676 Donus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1570 A tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1,000 people.
1648 12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol, Podlia
1675 A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War.
1772 American Revolutionary War : Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren form the first Committee of Correspondence.
1783 General Washington bids farewell to his army
1795 The French Directory succeeds the French National Convention as the government of Revolutionary France.
1824 Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J.Q. Adams
1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola
1841 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan. Start of
second Afghan war
1861 American Civil War : Western Department Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David Hunter.
1871 British police begin their 'Rogue's Gallery' - taking photographs of all convicted prisoners.
1880 James A Garfield elected US President
1889 North Dakota becomes 39th and South Dakota becomes the 40th state
1895 The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize: $2,000
1898 Theodor Herzl arrives in Jerusalem
1899 Second Boer War : Start of the siege of Ladysmith in Natal when Boers encircle British troops and civilians inside the town.
1903 In Britain, the publication of the 'Daily Mirror' newspaper - designed especially to be read by women
1914 Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
1915 1st US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
1917 1st US soldiers killed in combat in WW I
1917 Britain issues the 'Balfour Declaration" promoting support for a Jewish state in Palestine
1917 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
1920 KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on the air as 1st commercial radio station
1920 Warren G Harding elected President
1924 Almost 11 years after its appearance in America, the first 'crossword puzzle' is published in a British newspaper, sold to the Sunday Express by C.W. Shepherd.
1930 Ras Tafari, King of Ethiopia, crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty
1936 1st high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) TV broadcast service, by BBC in London
1936 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established.
1936 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaims the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis Powers.
1942 4th phase of Battle of Alamein, Operation Supercharge
1947 Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flies for 1st and last time
1948 Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters and newspapers
1953 Founding of the Samaritans.
1953 The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
1954 In Britain, the comedy series 'Hancock's Half Hour' is first broadcast on BBC Radio.
1956 Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
1956 Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
1957 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1957 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto Ohio
1957 American rock 'n roll star Elvis Presley sets an all-time record with 8 hit singles in the UK Top 30 chart at the same time.
1959 Quiz show scandals : Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance
1959 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway
1959 Ice Hockey: After being struck in the face with a puck, goalkeeper Jacques Plante returns to play wearing a protective mask for the first time in professional play.
1960 In Britain, Penguin publishers are cleared of obscenity for printing the D.H.Lawrence novel 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'.
1962 US President John Kennedy announces that the 'Cuban Missile Crisis' is over - after ships carrying nuclear missiles to Cuba are ordered to return to Russia
1963 During a military coup in South Vietnam, President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated

1964 In Britain, the first episode of the television soap opera 'Crossroads' is broadcast on ITV
1964 King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother King Faisal.
1965 Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war.
1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act enters force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
1967 US President Lyndon B. Johnson and "The Wise Men" conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.
1974 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started.
1976 Former Georgia Gov Jimmy Carter (D) defeats incumbent Gerald R Ford (R) in race for Presidency
1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
1978 The launch of a new daily newspaper in Britain, 'The Daily Star'.
1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L King day
1984 Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
1988 The Morris worm : computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab and 6 universities
1988 Shamir Likud wins election in Israel
1988 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash
1995 Former South African defence minister General Magnus Malan and 10 other former senior military officers are arrested and charged with murdering 13 black people in 1987, (all the accused are later acquitted).
1997 American Craig McCaw, who pioneered the mobile phone, agrees a record $277 million divorce settlement with his wife Wendy
2000 The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.
2003 Sir Ranulph Fiennes and companion Mike Stroud complete their 7th marathon in 7 days, each in a different country. Fiennes had suffered a heart attack five months previously.

November 2nd 2005

Chirac seeks to calm Paris riots

Violence across Ethiopian capital

US holds funeral for rights icon

November 2nd 2006

Gazprom to double Georgia charges

Nigeria gets new Islamic leader

World 'lacks will' on disasters

November 2nd 2007

Flooding traps 300,000 in Mexico

Mass protest in Georgian capital

World markets hit by credit woes

November 2nd 2008

Car bomb kills Pakistani soldiers

US rivals target knife-edge races

Lewis Hamilton is youngest F1 champion

November 2nd 2009

Blaze in Philippine slum kills 16

Karzai declared elected president

Sahara Sun 'to help power Europe'

November 2nd 2010

Dozens die in Baghdad blasts

Caribbean storm 'leaves 14 dead'

Bombs target embassies in Athens

November 2nd 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 2nd:

1470 King Edward V of England (1483); deposed, murdered? by Richard III
1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)
1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake
1795 James Knox Polk NC, 11th President (D) (1845-1849)
1815 George Boole mathematician (Boolean algebra)
1847 George Sorel French Socialist thinker, writer (violent revolutions)
1865 Warren Gamaliel Harding (R), 29th President (1921-23)
1885 Harlow Shapley US, astronomer (studied the galaxies)
1901 James Dunn NYC, actor (Uncle Earl-It's a Great Life)
1901 Paul Ford Baltimore MD, actor (Phil Silvers Show)
1906 Luchino Visconti Milan Italy, director (Damned, Death in Venice)
1911 Odysseus Elytis Greece, poet (Nobel 1979)
1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)
1914 Ray Walston New Orleans LA, actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees)
1917 Durward Knowles England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968-Bahamas)
1919 Warren Stevens Clark's Summit PA, actor (Richard Boone Show)
1920 Ann Rutherford Toronto Canada, actress (Return to Vienna, Leave it to the Girls)
1920 Lewis Charles NYC, actor (Feather & Father Gang)
1921 Willaim D Schaefer Maryland, (Gov-D-MD)
1929 Harold Farberman NYC, conductor/composer (Medea)
1929 Rachel Ames Portland Oregon, actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital)
1932 Henri Namphy Cap Haitien Haiti, President of Haiti (1986- )
1934 Ken Rosewall Sydney Australia, tennis star (US 1956)
1936 Rose Bird California Supreme Court Judge
1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist
1942 Shere Hite St Joseph Missouri, sex therapist (Hite Report)
1942 Stefanie Powers Hollywood Ca, actress (Girl From UNCLE, Hart to Hart)
1944 Jeffrey A Hoffman Brooklyn NY, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-D, 35, sk:46)
1946 Giuseppe Sinopoli Venice Italy, conductor (Sunnyata)
1951 Kathy Hammond US, 400m runner (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1952 Kate Linder actress (Esther-Young & Restless)
1953 Alfre Woodard Tulsa OK, actress (St Elsewhere)
1958 Bobby Dall rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn)
1958 Willie McGee St Louis Card (1985 NL MVP)
1960 Mardi Jacquet Chateauroux CA, playmate (October, 1980)
1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)
1963 Ines Diers German DR, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1980)
1963 Susie Scott San Diego Ca, playmate (May, 1983)
1966 Rosalyn Fairbank South Africa, tennis player
1967 Darla Michele Pruett Canton Georgia, Miss Georgia-America (1991)
1968 Brandi Brandt Santa Clara CA, playmate (October, 1987)
1968 Helle Michaelsen Alborg Denmark, playmate (Aug, 1988)
1968 Melissa Evridge Lexington KY, playmate (Aug, 1990)
1975 Danny Cooksey Moore OK, actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes)
1990 Natasha Smirnoff daughter of Yakov Smirnov
2006 William Styron, US author, Sophie's Choice (1925)


Deaths which occurred on November 2nd:
1961 James Thurber humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
1980 Edith Bunker dies on "All in the Family"

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