December 2nd

The House voted to censure Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., for financial and fundraising misconduct.
Gregory Meeks
Enron Files for Bankruptcy. The Houston, Texas-based energy company filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy after reports of widespread accounting fraud became public. At that time, the company became the largest company in the history of the United States to declare bankruptcy.
Enron scandal
A power-sharing cabinet of Protestants and Catholics sat down together for the first time in Northern Ireland.
Politics of Northern Ireland
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by security forces in Medellin.
Pablo Escobar
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's center-right coalition easily won the first free all-German elections since 1932.
Helmut Kohl
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister. Benazir Bhutto takes office as Pakistan's Prime Minister, becoming the first woman PM of Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto
First artificial heart transplant. Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. The surgery occurred at the University of Utah Medical Center. Clark lived for 112 days after the transplant.
Artificial heart
Four American churchwomen were raped, murdered and buried in El Salvador. (Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.).
1980 murders of U.S. missionaries in El Salvador
Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.
Fidel Castro
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The Boeing 747 jumbo jet debuted.
Boeing 747
Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
Fidel Castro
The Senate voted to condemn Republican senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.".
The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated at the University of Chicago.
Chicago Pile-1
LaGuardia Airport in New York City opens its doors. The airport was named after New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia. American Airlines was the first carrier to regularly provide passenger service.
LaGuardia Airport
First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien.
Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry.
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
James K. Polk
President James Monroe outlined his famous doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
Monroe Doctrine
Napoleon is crowned Emperor of France. Napoleon Bonaparte had risen through the ranks of the French army during the French revolution and became one of the most influential political figures of his era. His self-coronation as Napoleon I took place in Notre Dame in Paris, France.
Coronation of Napoleon I