DEC 02, 2016   ۩  Saint Bibiana Feast Day (Roman Catholic Church); International Day for the Abolition of Slavery; National Day (UAE, Laos); Armed Forces Day (Cuba) ● 1547: Hernán Cortés, Spanish explorer, known for the conquest of the Aztec Empire, died ● 1755: The 2nd Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed by fire ● 1775: The USS “Alfred” became the 1st vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes), hoisted by John Paul Jones ● 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor of the French ● 1848: Franz Josef I became emperor of Austria ● 1851: French president Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrow the 2nd Republic ● 1852: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became emperor of the French as Napoleon III ● 1891: USS “New York” (renamed to “Saratoga” and “Rochester”) was launched. in 1911 ● 1908: Puyi became emperor of China at the age of 2 ● 1917: Russia and the Central Powers signed an armistice at Brest-Litovsk (World War I) ● 1920: The Treaty of Alexandropol was concluded (Turkish-Armenian War) ● 1927: Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Model A as its new automobile ● 1939: New York City’s La Guardia Airport opened ● 1943: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbor of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo & transport ships (World War II) ● 1956: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembarked from the “Granma” yacht to initiate the Cuban Revolution ● 1971: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai & Umm Al Quwain formed the UAE ● 1976: Fidel Castro became president of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado ● 1980: Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, 4th prime minister of Pakistan, died ● 1988: Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan ● 1993: Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot and killed in Medellín ►Thanks to

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