December 2. This day in history: holidays, festivals, the most interesting dates, outstanding personalities – The News & Culture
Holidays and festivals
December 2 is the International Day for Abolition of Slavery —– in 1949 the UN General Assembly adopted the relevant Convention. The purpose of the event is to eradicate the modern forms of slavery.
Traditionally the Cyber Monday takes place at the end of November but this year it falls to December 2. The Cyber Monday is a kind of the Black Friday’s follow-up in the Internet as online stores offer great discounts on various products.
Name-days: Alexander, Valentine, Grygoriy, Dmitryi, Ivan, Constantine, Mykhailo (Michael), Peter, Sergyi, Fedor (Theodor).
The most interesting dates
1870 — Rome was proclaimed the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.
1896 — the first public cinema session took place at the Kharkiv Opera House.
1901 — King Gillette patented a safety razor with a double sided blade.
1971— The Federation of the United Arab Emirates was formed.
1983 — the music video «Michael Jackson – Thriller» premiere took place on MTV.
1991 — Canada and Poland were the first to recognize Ukraine’s independence.
On this day the following famous people were born
1859 — Georges Seurat, a French painter, the founder of pointillism.
1891 — Otto Dix, a German painter and illustrator, a representative of «tough» realism and expressionism.
1893 — Leo Ornstein, a Ukrainian composer and pianist.
1937 — Osadchuk Peter, a Ukrainian writer («Clear World») and political figure.
1978 — Nelly Furtado, a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress.
1981 — Britney Spears, an American pop-diva.
On this day the following famous people passed away
1694 — Pierre Puget, a French painter, sculptor, and architect.
1814 — Marquis de Sade, a French writer («The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage»), the founder of sadism.
1918 — Edmond Rostand, a French poet and playwright («Cyrano de Bergerac»).
1980 — Romain Gary, a French writer («The life before us»).
2006 — Mariska Veres, a soloist of the rock band «Shocking Blue».
December 2. The Day in history: holidays and festivals, name-days, the most interesting dates and outstanding personalities / Photos from open sources.