December 2 in history: People stood in long queue to hear Charles Dickens read in New York in 1867

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Bengaluru, Dec 2: Today is Tuesday, December 2, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past: [December 1: This day in history]

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1662: Francis Xavier was canonised in Goa.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of France in Notre Dame Cathedral.

1805: Napoleon Bonaparte celebrates the first anniversary of his coronation with a victory over a Russian and Austrian army.

1823: US President James Monroe proclaims the Monroe Doctrine whereby no European power could not colonise the American continents anymore.

1867: People stand in long queue to hear author Charles Dickens give his first reading in New York.

1911: King George V and Queen Marry visit Mumbai (then Bombay).

1914: Austrian troops occupy Belgrade.

1918: Armenia proclaims independence from Turkey.

1942: A strong Axis attack defeated in Tunisia, North Africa.

1959: Actor Boman Irani was born.

1970: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established.

1982: Barney B. Clark becomes first person to receive an artificial heart.

1988: Benazir Bhutto takes over as the prime minister of Pakistan.

1989: VP Singh becomes the seventh prime minister of India.

December 2: This day in history

1993: NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavor to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

1999: UK devolves political power in Northern Ireland.

Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu retires from international cricket.

2000: Thirty-six passengers die in a train accident in Fatehgarh Sahib district, Punjab.

2001: Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2014: Veteran actor Deven Verma dies.

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