Today in History: 2 December


Some of the historical events that took place on December 2nd, which made headlines in the past years:

2014    Taxi service company Uber expands its presence in Latin America by partnering with Carlos Slim's cell phone company America Movil to place the Uber app on mobil phones throughout Mexico

2014    Sierra Leone has expanded the regions of the country subject to quarantine as the Ebola virus continues to spread; over 7,000 people in the nation have been infected and over 1,500 have died to date

2013    The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines, is confirmed to be over 5,700 people; the number is expected to increase

2013    A meeting between Pope Francis and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, is held at the Vatican; discussions include Iran's nuclear program among other global affairs

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2012    Ballerina Natalia Makarova, blues legend Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, American television host David Letterman, and surviving members of Led Zeppelin, receive 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture

2012    Italian voters select center-left candidate Pier Luigi Bersani as their new Prime Minister

2011    John Corzine, former Governor of New Jersey, is issued a subpoena over the collapse of MF Global and disappearance of customer funds

2011    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promotes democratic reforms in her meeting with Burma's top pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi

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2011  Trade union federation, COSATU, celebrates its 26th anniversary

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2010    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus claims innocence while being investigated for diverting millions of dollars of aid money from Grameen Bank

Photo: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus (

2010    Booksellers object to plans for the UK and Ireland to make more than a million free books available March 5, 2011



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Compiled by Lerato Sebe