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What happened on November 2
- November 2, 0676 Donus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
- November 2, 1048 "All Soul's Day declared. A Christian day dedicated to all departed souls of the faithful, especially those in purgatory"
- November 2, 1570 "A tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1,000 people."
- November 2, 1648 "12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol, Podlia"
- November 2, 1675 "A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War."
- November 2, 1755 "Marie Antoinette, the wife of French King Louis XVI is born in Vienna"
- November 2, 1772 "Boston patriot Samuel Adams, 50, and local physician Joseph Warren, 31, organize a Committee of Correspondence, similar committees spring up throughout the colonies, relaying the anti-British polemics of Adams and others."
- November 2, 1783 Gen Washington bids farewell to his army
- November 2, 1783 "In Rocky Hill, New Jersey, US General George Washington gives his ""Farewell Address to the Army""."
- November 2, 1795 The French Directory succeeds the French National Convention as the government of Revolutionary France.
- November 2, 1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola
- November 2, 1841 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
- November 2, 1861 American Civil War: Western Department Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David Hunter.
- November 2, 1868 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally
- November 2, 1879 "In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km"
- November 2, 1880 James A Garfield (R) elected President
- November 2, 1885 The first Canadian Pacific Railway train leaves Montreal Quebec for Vancouver British Columbia
- November 2, 1889 North and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
- November 2, 1889 North Dakota becomes 39th and South Dakota becomes the 40th state
- November 2, 1895 "The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize: $2,000"
- November 2, 1898 Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.
- November 2, 1899 The Boers begin their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
- November 2, 1904 "British newspaper, ""The Daily Mirror"" begins publishing"
- November 2, 1909 Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is founded at Boston University.
- November 2, 1914 Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
- November 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
- November 2, 1917 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
- November 2, 1917 "The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the ""establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people"" with the clear understanding ""that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities""."
- November 2, 1917 The first American soldiers die in combat in WW I
- November 2, 1920 "QANTAS makes it's first commercial passenger flight, in Queensland, Australia. Qantas is now the second-oldest airline operationg today."
- November 2, 1920 Warren G Harding elected President
- November 2, 1930 Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
- November 2, 1930 "Ras Tafari crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty"
- November 2, 1936 "Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaims the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis Powers."
- November 2, 1942 Montgomery (Br) defeats Rommel (Ger) in battle of Alamein (WW II)
- November 2, 1943 "In a few days, 50,000 Jews in the Lublin region are deported and shot in ditches behind the Majdanek gas chambers."
- November 2, 1947 "Howard Hughes'""Spruce Goose"" flies for only time"
- November 2, 1947 "In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built."
- November 2, 1948 "Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters and newspapers"
- November 2, 1954 Charles C Diggs Jr elected Michigan's first black congressman
- November 2, 1956 Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
- November 2, 1956 Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
- November 2, 1957 "The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history."
- November 2, 1959 "Charles Van Doren confesses, TV quiz show-""21"" was fixed"
- November 2, 1959 "Ice Hockey: After being struck in the face with a puck, goalkeeper Jacques Plante returns to play wearing a protective mask for the first time in professional play."
- November 2, 1959 Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
- November 2, 1960 Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case
- November 2, 1962 JFK announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled
- November 2, 1963 South Vietnamese President Ng nh Dim is assassinated following a military coup.
- November 2, 1964 "King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother King Faisal."
- November 2, 1965 "Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war."
- November 2, 1966 "The Cuban Adjustment Act enters force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States."
- November 2, 1974 "78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started."
- November 2, 1976 Former Georgia Gov Jimmy Carter (D) defeats incumbent Gerald R Ford (R) in race for Presidency
- November 2, 1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
- November 2, 1982 Channel 4 begins transmission in the UK
- November 2, 1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L King day
- November 2, 1984 Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
- November 2, 1988 "Computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab and 6 universities"
- November 2, 1988 Shamir Likud wins election in Israel
- November 2, 1988 "The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT."
- November 2, 1991 Bartholomew I becomes the Patriarch of Constantinople.
- November 2, 1995 "Former South African defence minister General Magnus Malan and 10 other former senior military officers are arrested and charged with murdering 13 black people in 1987, (all the accused are later acquitted)."
- November 2, 1996 "Ontario L'Orignal Railway (RailTex) commences operation over the former CN line between Glen Robertson, Hawkesbury and L'Orignal, Ont."
- November 2, 1998 "Quebec Gatineau Railway commences operation over the CN Montfort Spur between Mirabel and Saint-Jerome, QC. Access to the CN network is continued through an interchange agreement between CN, OGRY and St.L&H."
- November 2, 1999 """Saving Private Ryan"" becomse the first major Spielberg movie to be released on DVD"
- November 2, 2000 The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.
- November 2, 2009 16 people are killed in a fire that destroyed 58 houses in the Philippine city of Bacolod.
- November 2, 2009 "A large blast occurs in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, killing at least 35."
- November 2, 2009 At least 15 Tamil asylum seekers are feared dead while being rescued in seas off the coast of Australia.
- November 2, 2009 "Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic is to attend his war crimes trial on Tuesday, after boycotting previous sittings."
- November 2, 2009 Four people are sentenced to death by hanging in Tanzania for the killing of an Albino man last year.
- November 2, 2009 Large parts of Venezuela begin rationing water after unseasonably dry weather.
- November 2, 2009 "North Korea requests direct talks with the United States regarding the former's nuclear program, warning that it will ""go its own way"" if its demands are not met."
- November 2, 2009 "Simon Mann, a British mercenary who had been serving a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d'etat, is given a presidential pardon."
- November 2, 2009 "The Royal Bank of Scotland announces cuts of 3,700 staff in the United Kingdom."
- November 2, 2009 "The United Nations announces it will suspend military assistance to an army brigade in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, after it was implicated in the killing of 62 people."
- November 2, 2009 "Two people are charged with ""spreading false information"" about the health of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. ()"
- November 2, 2009 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan ahead of the 7 November second round of the presidential election.
- November 2, 2010 Voters in one California district elect a candidate who died two weeks before