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This Day in History for December 2

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1891 – 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes.

1901 – King C. Gillette begins selling safety razor blades.

1915 – National Baseball Commissioner orders that injured players get full pay for duration of their contracts; injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days’ pay.

1927 – 1st Model A Ford sold for $385.

1933 – Fred Astaire’s 1st film, “Dancing Lady”, released.

1939 – NY’s La Guardia Airport began operation as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight.

1944 – US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar.

1951 – Future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson’s has his #14 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers; first number in the history of the franchise.

1954 – US Senate censures Joseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for “conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute”

1957 – Sam Cooke’s single “You Send Me” reaches #1.

1961 – Fidel Castro declares he’s a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism.

1969 – Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)

1978 – Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand’s “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” hits #1.

1982 – 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart.

1986 – Dow Jones index hits record 1,955.57.

1991 – Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla becomes highest paid player in MLB when he agrees to record $29 million-5 year deal with NY Mets.

1997 – MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics.

2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York.

2014 – Stephen Hawking claims that Artificial Intelligence could be a “threat to mankind” and spell the end of the human race.

2020 – US Attorney General William Barr says there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, despite claims by President Donald Trump.

2020 – US records its largest daily death toll for COVID-19 at 2,885 and for the first time patient numbers in hospitals exceed 100,000.