today in history 2 december

1552

Father Francis Xavier (1506-1552), Portuguese Jesuit priest, died. He started his mission by training and employing native clergy in conversion efforts. He spread Christianity to India, Malay Archipelago and Japan.

1662

Francis Xavier was canonized at Goa.

1804

Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris

1911

King George V and Queen Marry visited Bombay, India. The King annulled the partition of Bengal. Delhi was to be made the new capital and the King announced it on 12th December at Delhi Durbar.

1927

1st Model A Ford sold, for $385

1942

Sri Aurbindo Ashram School was inaugurated.

1965

Border Security Force came into existence.

1976

Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

1982

1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart

1987

Following the Bhopal Gas disaster on the night of December 2, 1984, the ICMR initiated a series of interdisciplinary investigations on the health of the people with severe, moderate and mild exposure. A Coordinating Unit, which was later re-designated as the Bhopal Gas Disaster Research Centre was established early in 1985 at the Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, to monitor and coordinate the managerial and technical aspects of the various projects.

1989

V. P. Singh sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister of India

1999

Navjot Singh Sidhu, former Indian opening batsman, announced his decision to retire from international and domestic cricket at a press meet in Chandigarh.

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