On This Day In History, 2 December


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World Events Today

  • The new St. Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London destroyed the previous one, was consecrated today in 1697
  • The Ford Model A motor car, the successor to the best-selling Model T, was introduced today in 1927
  • Fidel Castro, who was already Prime Minister, became the President of Cuba today in 1976

Entertainment Events Today

  • Thriller, the ground-breaking music video by Michael Jackson, was aired by MTV for the first time today in 1983
  • From the Files of Police Squad, the first Naked Gun movie, starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley, was released today in 1988
  • The movie Good Will Hunting, written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, starring Robin Williams, was released today in 1997, it went on to win 2 Academy awards

Family Events Today

  • Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion designer, was born today in 1946 in Reggio Calabria
  • The Columbian drug lord, the King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar, died today in 1993 aged 44, he was killed in a shoot out
  • The American singer Britney Spears, known as “The Princess of Pop”, was born today in 1981 in Mississippi

Main Event Today

  • Enron, the American energy, commodities, and services company, basically a huge accounting fraud, filed for bankruptcy today in 2001

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Fritters Day

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