[dehai-news] (AP) Today in History: December 2, 1950 - United Nations agrees to hand over Eritrea to Ethiopia.

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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 10:05:44 EST

 Today in History
By The Associated Press
     Today is Tuesday, December 2, the 337th day of 2008. There are 29 days
left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1790 - Austrian troops re-enter Brussels and suppress the revolution.

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself emperor of France in Paris, taking
the crown from attending Pope Pius VII.

1815 - Britain and Rajah of Nepal sign a peace treaty.

1816 - The first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings
Fund Society, opens for business.

1823 - U.S. President James M onroe declares the Monroe Doctrine which
opposes European expansion.

1848 - Austria's Emperor Ferdinand I abdicates in favor of Franz Joseph I.

1851 - Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, president of France, suspends the
constitution during a coup. Street fighting breaks out in Paris.

1852 - Second French Empire is proclaimed with Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte as
Emperor Napoleon III.

1854 - Austria concludes alliance with Britain and France.

1856 - France and Spain reach agreement on their frontiers.

1920 - Armenia cedes territory to Turkey by Treaty of Alexandropol while
Communists seize power in Armenian capital Yerevan and proclaim a Soviet

1942 - Nuclear chain reaction is demonstrated for the first time by
scientists working on the Manhattan Project underneath the University of
Chicago's football stadium.

1950 - United Nations agrees to hand over Eritrea to Ethiopia.

1954 - U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy is censured by the Senate for browbeating
Army personnel with his Communist witch hunts.

1960 - The Archbishop of Canterbury visits Pope John XXIII. The two heads of
the two major religions break a 400-year-old tradition set in the 1500s by
Britain's King Henry VIII and Pope Leo X.

1961 - Britain refuses Uganda's request for independence; Cuban leader Fidel
Castro declares himself a Marxist-Leninist who will lead Cuba to Communism.

1969 - The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut as 191 people, most of them
reporters and photographers, fly from Seattle to New York City.

1971 - Britain terminates all treaties with crucial states in Gulf, leading
to formation of United Arab Emirates.

1975 - Israeli jets carry out massive raids against Palestinian targets in
southern and northern Lebanon, killing 91 people and wounding 150. Residents
of adjacent Lebanese villages in the south are among the dead and injured.

1982 - In the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah
Medical Center implant a permanent artificial heart. Barney Clark, a retired
dentist, lives 112 days with the device.

1986 - More than 16,000 Hindus go on a rampage in New Delhi to protest Sikh
terrorist killings in Punjab state.

1988 - Arab diplomats introduce resolution in United Nations to move General
Assembly to Geneva so PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat can address the world body.

1991 - Kidnappers release American Joseph Cicippio, held hostage in Beirut
for more than five years.

1993 - Drug lord Pablo Escobar, one of the world's most wanted men, is
killed in a gunfight with security forces in Colombia, 16 months after he
escaped from prison.

1994 - Ferry carrying more than 600 people collides with a freighter and
sinks in Manila Bay, Philippines. Sixty bodies are recovered, 85 people are

1995 - A Singapore court sentences former trader Nick Leeson to 6 1/2 years
in prison in the crash of Britain's oldest merchant bank.

2000 - A German court rules that prostitution cannot be considered illegal
if it is done willingly without criminal ties.

2001 - Enron Corp., the largest United States energy-trading company, files
for bankruptcy protection, dealing a blow to financial markets worldwide. It
is the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

2004 -Gunfire crackles across Haiti's capital, a day after a prison riot and
shootouts killed a dozen people and left scores injured during U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit aimed at halting bloodshed and
promoting democracy.

2006 - Fidel Castro fails to attend a military parade marking the 50th
anniversary of the date he and his rebels launched their revolution, fueling
speculation that the ailing Cuban leader may not return to power.

2007 - Choe Jeong-in and Cho Ah-ra become the first South Koreans to hold a
wedding ceremony in the communist country North Korea. They marry at the
Diamond Mountain resort where they met.

Today's Birthdays:

Georges Seurat, French artist (1859-1891); George Richards Minot, U.S.
physician/Nobel laureate (1885-1950); Otto Dix, German artist (1891-1969);
Maria Callas, U.S. opera singer (1923-1977); Gianni Versace, Italian fashion
designer (1946-1997); Monica Seles, Yugoslav tennis player (1973--); Britney
Spears, U.S. pop singer (1981--); Lucy Liu, U.S. actress (1968--).

Thought For Today:

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it
elsewhere Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, French author (1613-1680).

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