Today in History, 2 December 2010
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Today is Thursday, December 2, the 336th day of 2010. There are 29 days left in the year.
On this dateIn 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself emperor of the French in Paris, taking the crown from attending Pope Pius VII.
In 1823, US President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1851, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, president of France, suspends the constitution during a coup. Street fighting breaks out in Paris.
In 1852, the Second French Empire is proclaimed with Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor Napoleon III.
In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.
In 1942, an artificially created, self sustaining nuclear chain reaction is demonstrated for the first time by scientists working on the top secret Manhattan Project underneath the University of Chicago's football stadium.
In 1954, US Sen. Joseph McCarthy is censured by the Senate for browbeating Army personnel with his Communist witch hunts conduct that “tends to bring the Senate into disrepute”.
In 1960, the Archbishop of Canterbury visits Pope John XXIII. The two heads of the two major Christiann denominations break a 400-year-old tradition set in the 1500s by Britain's King Henry VIII and Pope Leo X.
In 1980, four American churchwomen were raped and murdered outside San Salvador. Five El Salvador national guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns Ita Ford, Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel, and lay worker Jean Donovan.
In 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, one of the world's most wanted men, is killed in a gunfight with security forces, 16 months after he escaped from prison.
In 2000, US Vice President Al Gore sought a recount in South Florida, while George W. Bush flatly asserted, “I'm soon to be the president” and met with GOP congressional leaders.
Thought for Today“When we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, French author (1613-1680).