What Happened On This Day – 2. November
1982 Ronald Reagan signs a bill to create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The day, observed every year on the third Monday of January, commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
1964 Coup in Saudi Arabia
Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud takes over the government of Saudi Arabia while his half-brother, King Saud is overseas for medical reasons.
1938 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation established
Officially known as CBC/Radio-Canada, the network is Canada's public radio and television broadcaster.
1930 Haile Selassie I becomes the emperor of Ethiopia
Considered as a leading figure in the Rastafari movement, Selassie reigned over Ethiopia for 44 years.
1917 Balfour Declaration
Originally sent as a letter on this day to Baron Rothschild from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, it declared BRitish support for a Jewish state in Palestine. The letter was eventually added to Sevres peace treaty.
Births On This Day – 2. November
1965 Shahrukh Khan
1934 Ken Rosewall
Australian tennis player
1865 Warren G. Harding
American politician, 29th President of the United States
1755 Marie Antoinette
Austrian wife of Louis XVI of France
971 Mahmud of Ghazni
Deaths On This Day – 2. November
2007 The Fabulous Moolah
2004 Theo van Gogh
1966 Peter Debye
Dutch/American physicist, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1963 Ngo Dinh Diem
South Vietnamese politician, 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam
1950 George Bernard Shaw
Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate