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1804 Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.
1823 President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1927 Ford Motor Co. formally unveiled its second Model A automobile, the successor to its Model T.
1939 New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Airport) went into operation as anairliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight.
1942 An artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time, at the University of Chicago.
1954 The Senate voted to condemn Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy for conduct that "tends to bring the Senate into disrepute."
1961 Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Communism.
1969 The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, flew from Seattle to New York City.
2001 In one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history, Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection.
In The Star
Dec. 2, 1938, in The Star: Live musical programs with an audience are part of the broadcast schedule of WHMA radio; one such act is known as “Uncle Ernie and his Radio Ranch Boys,” who perform on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 until 3. Doors to the auditorium in the radio station building at 14th and Noble Street open at 1. Also this date: Daugette and Mullican, a Jacksonville construction company, yesterday afternoon was awarded the contract to construct an $80,000 library building at the State Teachers College. Bids were opened in the office of Dr. A.H. Collins, state superintendent of education, in Montgomery. Additionally: A classified ad alerts the reader to “Pop’s Barbecue,” owned by W. G. “Pop” Pearson, doing business at 622 Leighton Avenue (rear).
Dec. 2, 1988, in The Star: Somewhat making up for its humbling loss to Auburn, the Crimson Tide last night enjoyed an immensely satisfying 30-10 victory against Texas A&M in Texas. Given substandard facilities in which to practice and dress at College Station, Alabama’s players showed it’s the final score that counts in a game postponed from Sept. 17 on account of then-Hurricane Gilbert. Coach Bill Curry caught quite a bit of flak when he pulled out of that date based on the perceived — but never-realized — threat posed by Gilbert. The Tide has now chalked up an 8-3 regular season record.
Birthdays for December 2
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is 74. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 69. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 68. Actor Dan Butler is 59. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 59. Actor Dennis Christopher is 58. Actor Steven Bauer is 57. Country singer Joe Henry is 53. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 53. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 45. Actress Suzy Nakamura is 45. Singer Nelly Furtado is 35. Pop singer-celebrity judge Britney Spears is 32. Actress-singer Jana Kramer is 30. Actor Alfie Enoch is 25. Actresses Deanna and Daniella Canterman are 21.
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