December 03, 2004
Today in history—December 2
1684: Scandinavian historian Ludvig Holberg, author of Introduction to Natural and Popular Law and regarded as the "father of Danish literature" is born at Bergen, Norway.
1818: Illinois is admitted to the Union as the 21st state.
1901: President Theodore Roosevelt harangues the House of Representatives, demanding that Congress enact new laws to control trusts.
1929: President Hoover tells Congress that the worst effects of the October stock market crash are over. This is an overstatement.
1964: Some 800 students are arrested at the University of California-Berkeley after they take over the administration building. Ah, those were the days, huh?
1967: The epitome of modern transportation luxury, the Twentieth Century Limited, completes its last run along the rails from from New York to Chicago.
1984: A leak rom a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, kills more than 3,800 people injures up to 600,000 others.
1997: An international treaty prohibiting manufacturing, sale, and deployment of antipersonnel mines, is signed by 121 nations who mostly don’t use them anyway. The U.S. does not sign the agreement, but President Clinton says that America will stop using them except in places where we need to, like Korea.
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