Today is Sunday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2012. There are 29 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
On this date:
In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.
In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.
In 1927, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Model A automobile that replaced its Model T.
In 1939, New York Muni cipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Air port) went into operation as an airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight.
In 1954, the Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. Mc Carthy, R-Wis., for conduct that "tends to bring the Senate into disrepute."
In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marx ist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Com munism.
In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agen cy opened its doors. (Its first director was William D. Ruckelshaus.)
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
In 2001, in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history, Enron filed for Chap ter 11 protection.