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On this day in history - November 2

What Happened On This Day – November 2

  • 1982 Ronald Reagan signs a bill to create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    The day, observed every year on the third Monday of January, commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

  • 1964 Coup in Saudi Arabia

    Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud takes over the government of Saudi Arabia while his half-brother, King Saud is overseas for medical reasons.

  • 1938 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation established

    Officially known as CBC/Radio-Canada, the network is Canada's public radio and television broadcaster.

  • 1930 Haile Selassie I becomes the emperor of Ethiopia

    Considered as a leading figure in the Rastafari movement, Selassie reigned over Ethiopia for 44 years.

  • 1917 Balfour Declaration

    Originally sent as a letter on this day to Baron Rothschild from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, it declared BRitish support for a Jewish state in Palestine. The letter was eventually added to Sevres peace treaty.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
November 2

  • 1965 Shahrukh Khan

    Indian actor

  • 1934 Ken Rosewall

    Australian tennis player

  • 1865 Warren G. Harding

    American politician, 29th President of the United States

  • 1755 Marie Antoinette

    Austrian wife of Louis XVI of France

  • 971 Mahmud of Ghazni

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
November 2

  • 2007 The Fabulous Moolah

    American wrestler

  • 2004 Theo van Gogh

    Dutch director

  • 1966 Peter Debye

    Dutch/American physicist, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1963 Ngo Dinh Diem

    South Vietnamese politician, 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam

  • 1950 George Bernard Shaw

    Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate