Shimla, Dec 2, Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2014


Canadian ice hockey player Jean Béliveau, considered one of the game’s greatest centres, noted for his prolific scoring, died at age 83.

2001

Following revelations of massive accounting fraud, Enron filed for bankruptcy protection; the energy-trading company was once the seventh largest corporation in the United States.

1993

Colombian criminal Pablo Escobar—who, as head of the Medellín cartel, was arguably the world’s most powerful drug trafficker in the 1980s and early ’90s—was killed during a shoot-out with authorities.

1983

The groundbreaking music video for Michael Jackson’s song Thriller aired on MTV.

1982

William C. DeVries implanted the first permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark; the aluminum and plastic device was called the Jarvik-7.

1981

American singer Britney Spears—who helped spark the teen-pop phenomenon in the late 1990s and later endured intense public scrutiny for her personal life—was born.

1971

The United Arab Emirates was formed by the union of six small emirates on the Arabian Peninsula; a seventh emirate joined in February 1972.

1954

The U.S. Senate voted to censure Senator Joseph R. McCarthy for his conduct in the investigation of communism in the United States.

1942

Scientists led by Enrico Fermi conducted the world’s first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, at the University of Chicago.

1884

American monologuist and monodramatist Ruth Draper was born in New York City.

1859

Abolitionist John Brown was hanged following a raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

1804

Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France in the presence of Pope Pius VII.

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