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History's Happenings for December 2

Monroe Doctrine Pronounced
1823

President James Monroe

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Napoleon Crowned Emperor of France
1804

Napoleon Bonaparte

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First American Savings Bank Opens
1816

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John Brown Hanged
1859

Abolitionist John Brown, hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry

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Ford Introduces Model-A
1927

Auto magnate Henry Ford

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First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction
1942

Physicist Enrico Fermi, father of the first controlled nuclear reaction

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Senate Votes To Censure McCarthy
1954

Senator Joseph McCarthy

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First U.S. Nuclear Power Plant
1957

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Federal EPA Opens for Business
1970

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First Artificial Heart Implanted
1982

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Hanukkah (begins at sundown)

The Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, was originated by Judas Maccabaeus in 164 BC, in celebration of the purification of the Temple in Jersusalem.

The year before, the Temple had been desecrated by Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes, who had converted it to pagan worship and unclean offerings. When Antiochus died in 164 BC the Maccabaeans, who had already defeated the larger Seleucid army at nearby Emmaus, were strong enough to wrest back control of the Temple.

The repurification is represented by the lighting of an additional candle on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

First Sunday Of Advent

Advent is a season during which Christians prepare for the advent of the Savior, on Christmas Day. Each of the four Sundays before Christmas is celebrated with a special church service.




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