What Happened On This Day – December 2
2001 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.
1988 Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto takes office as Pakistan's Prime Minister, becoming the first woman PM of Pakistan.
1982 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.
1939 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.
1804 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.
Births On This Day – December 2
1981 Britney Spears
American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress
1978 Nelly Furtado
Canadian singer-songwriter, producer
1923 Maria Callas
1825 Pedro II of Brazil
1760 John Breckinridge
American politician, 5th United States Attorney General
Deaths On This Day – December 2
1993 Pablo Escobar
Colombian drug lord
1990 Aaron Copland
1985 Philip Larkin
1859 John Brown
1814 Marquis de Sade
French author, politician