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Calendar for December 2nd, 2012

Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday is a liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and observed by many as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence. Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year.

Every Year

  • Independence Day (United Arab Emirates)

  • 1760s

  • 1763: Touro Synagogue, oldest in the United States, was dedicated in Newport, Rhode Island

  • 1800s

  • 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned French Emperor Napoleon I of France

  • 1810s

  • Born 1811: Jean-Charles Chapais (statesman)

  • 1860s

  • Died 1863: Jane Means Appleton Pierce (U.S. First Lady)

  • Born 1863: Charles Ringling (circus owner)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1910: Charles E. Bennett ("In God We Trust" promoter)

  • 1919: Ambrose Small sold Canadian chain of theaters and disappeared the next day

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Julie Harris (actress)

  • 1940s

  • 1946: First controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction

  • 1950s

  • 1952: The first televised human birth was transmitted on 49 NBC network stations

  • 1960s

  • Born 1968: Lucy Liu (actress)

  • 1970s

  • 1970: The United States Environmental Protection Agency began operation

  • Born 1973: Monica Seles (tennis player)

  • 1974: Cowhide-made baseballs first accepted for use by Major League Baseball

  • Born 1978: Nelly Furtado (singer & songwriter)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1981: Britney Spears (singer)

  • Died 1986: Desi Arnaz (actor)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1990: Aaron Copland (composer)

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