Today in History – 2 December


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.


Francis Xavier was canonized at Goa.


Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris


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.


1st Model A Ford sold, for $385


Sri Aurbindo Ashram School was inaugurated.


Border Security Force came into existence.


Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado


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


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.


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


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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