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1763 - Dedication of the Touro Synagogue
On December 2nd, 1763, the Touro Synagogue was dedicated in Newport, Rhode Island
This synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United States
It originally served the Jeshuat Israel congregation, made up of fifteen Jewish families from Spain and Portugal
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte Crowns Himself French Emperor
On December 2nd, 1804, French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The sacred ceremony, which occurred in the presence of Pope Pius VII, allowed Napoleon to establish the legitimacy of his reign over France.
While Pope Pius VII recited the official formula of coronation, Napoleon is said to have placed the crown on his own head, naming himself Emperor Napoleon I of France.
After crowning himself, Napoleon then crowned his wife, Joséphine, which is depicted in the painting above.
Image by J. Scott Applewhite/AP
1970 - Operations by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Begin
In July 1970, President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Nixon signed an executive order on December 2, 1970.
The EPA is an independent executive agency of the U.S. government that manages environmental protection matters.
This agency has 27 laboratories and provides environmental assessments, research, and education.
The EPA’s responsibility is to enforce national environmental standards through many laws contributed by state, tribal, and local governments.
1971 - The United Arab Emirates is formed by Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain
Prior to becoming known as the United Arab Emirates, they were the Trucial Sheikhdoms of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai and Umm al-Quwain
The Trucial Sheikhdoms were all protectorates of England
United Arab Emirates declared independence on December 2nd 1971, this was done by signing a Proclamation of Union
December 2nd and 3rd is currently a part of a two day holiday called, Al-Eid Al Watani which is an Independence Day.