Today in History: President James Monroe presents his vision of US control of the Western Hemisphere | Lifestyles

Today it’s Thursday 2 December, the 336th day of 2021. There are 29 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 2, 1859, abolitionist activist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.

In 1697, St Paul’s Cathedral in London, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was consecrated, although the building was still under construction.

In 1823, President James Monroe laid out his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1942, an artificially created self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was first demonstrated at the University of Chicago.

In 1954, the United States Senate passed, 67-22, a resolution condemning Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., Stating that he had “acted contrary to Senate ethics and tended to dishonor and discredit the Senate. “.

In 1957, the Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania, the first large-scale commercial nuclear facility in the United States, began operations. (The reactor ceased to operate in 1982.)

In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened under the leadership of its first director, William D. Ruckelshaus.

In 1980, four American churchwomen were raped and murdered in El Salvador. (Five National Guards were convicted of the murders.)

In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.

In 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead by security forces in Medellin (meh-deh-YEEN ‘).

In 2000, Al Gore called for a recount in South Florida, while George W. Bush emphatically said, “I will be president soon” and met with congressional leaders from the GOP.

In 2001, in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history, Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection.

In 2015, a couple loyal to the Islamic State group opened fire at a holiday banquet for public employees in San Bernardino, Calif., Killing 14 people and injuring 21 others before dying in a shootout with police.

Ten years ago: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) pledged to work together to promote democratic reforms in the authoritarian and isolated homeland of Suu Kyi.

Five years ago: A fire that spread through an illegally converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., During a dance party killed 36 people. President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (tsy ying-WEN ‘) in a highly unusual move that was sure to upset China.

One year ago: Britain has become the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine, giving the green light for emergency use of the vaccine developed by US drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. In a video posted to social media, President Donald Trump appeared at a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute rant against the election results that won Democrat Joe Biden, unfolding an inaccuracy after another to support his baseless claim that he really won. In issuing a final rule covering animals on planes, the Transportation Department said only dogs can fly as service animals, and pets used for emotional support do not count.

Today’s birthdays: Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 90 years old. Former Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., Is 82. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 77 years old. Director Penelope Spheeris is 76 years old. Actor Ron Raines is 72 years old. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 71 Actor Keith Szarabajka is 69. Actor Dan Butler is 67 years old. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 67 years old. Actor Dennis Christopher is 66 years old. Actor Steven Bauer is 65. Country singer Joe Henry is 61 years old. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 61 years old. Actor Brendan Coyle is 58 years old. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 53 years old. Actor Suzy Nakamura is 53 years old. Actor Rena Sofer is 53 years old. Rock singer Jimi (cq) HaHa (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack) is 53 years old. Actor Lucy Liu (loo) is 53 years old. US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough is 52 years old. Rapper Treach (Naughty By Nature) is 51 years old. Actor Joe Lo Truglio is 51 years old. Monica Seles, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is 48 years old. Singer Nelly Furtado is 43 years old. Pop singer Britney Spears is 40. Actress and singer Jana Kramer is 38 years old. Actress Yvonne Orji is 38 years old. Actress Daniela Ruah (roo-ah) is 38. NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 38. Actor Alfred Enoch is 33 years old. Pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth is 30 years old.

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