December 2

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 2, include:

  • Business of Popping Corn Day 
  • Cider Monday - December 2, 2024 (First Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • Cyber Monday - December 2, 2024 (Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 
  • National Fritters Day
  • National Mutt Day 
  • Play Basketball Day 
  • Safety Razor Day 
  • Special Education Day 
  • Walt Disney Day - December 2, 2024 (First Monday in December)

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 2, are:

  • Advent - December 1 - 24, 2024
  • Cookie Cutter Week - December 1-7  (First Week of December)
  • National Deal Week - November 27 - December 3, 2024 (Week that begins on the Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving)
  • National Hand Washing Awareness Week - December 1-7, 2024 (First Full Week of December)
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 1-7, 2024 (First Full Week of December
  • National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week - December 1-7, 2024
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week - December 1-7, 2024 (First Full Week of December)
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 2, are:

  • There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 2 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1863 - Charles Edward Ringling, American businessman who co-founded the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1926)
  • 1946 - Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer who founded Versace (d. 1997)
  • 1956 - Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor and producer (Scar Face, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan)
  • 1968 - Lucy Liu, American actress and producer (Charlies Angels Films)
  • 1978 - Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer, songwriter, producer and actress
  • 1981 - Britney Spears, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress

Famous Deaths

  • 1936 - John Ringling, American businessman who co-founded Ringling Brothers Circus (b. 1866)
  • 1982 - Mary Feldman, English actor and comedian (Young Frankenstein) (b. 1933)
  • 1986 - Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, businessman and producer (I Love Lucy) (b. 1917)
  • 1993 - Pablo Escobar, Columbian drug lord (b. 1949)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1886 - 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt marries second wife Edith Kermit Carow
  • 1926 - English Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock marries director Alma Reville (Rebecca, North By Northwest, The Birds)

Quote of the Day


December 2 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Did You Know? (Source: United Nations website)

  • An estimated 50 million people are in modern slavery, including 28 million in forced labour and 22 million in forced marriage.
  • Almost one in eight of all those in forced labour are children. More than half of these children are in commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Most cases of forced labour (86 per cent) are found in the private sector.
  • Almost four out of five of those in forced commercial sexual exploitation are women or girls.

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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This Day in History

  • 1409 - The University of Leipzig in Saxony, Germany opens
  • 1763 - The first synagogue in the future United States is dedicated as the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1766 - Sweden becomes the first Country is the world with freedom of speech when the Swedish parliament approves the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act
  • 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • 1823 - U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts and also warns European powers not to interfere in America during his State of the Union message
  • 1845 - U.S. President James K. Polk during his State of the Union message says that the United States should aggressively expand into the West
  • 1865 - Alabama ratifies the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Caolina, then Georgia - within two weeks U.S. slaves in these states were legally free
  • 1867 - British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the U.S. at Tremont Temple in Boston, MA
  • 1930 - U.S. President Herbert Hoover in his State of the Union message, proposes a $150 million public works program to stimulate the economy and help create jobs
  • 1939 - LaGuardia Airport in New York City opens
  • 1954 - In Washington, D.C., the United States and Taiwan sign the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty
  • 1961 - In a speech broadcast nationally, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba will adopt Communism
  • 1970 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations
  • 1971 - The United Arab Emirates is formed with Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain
  • 1982 - Barney Clark becomes the first person to ever receive a permanent artificial heart at the University of Utah
  • 1993 - NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour with a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope
  • 2001 - Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • 2016 - A fire at a converted warehouse serving as an artist collective catches fire in Oakland, California killing 36 people
  • 2020 - The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs removes Cannabis from the list of most dangerous drugs of the International Drug Control Treaty

This Day in Music

  • 1967 - Daydream Believer by The Monkees hits #1 in the U.S.
  • 1972 - Papa Was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations hits #1 in the U.S. 
  • 1978 - You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand hits #1 on the Hot 100
  • 1981 - The Broadway musical Dreamgirls opens on Broadway and is based on The Supremes
  • 1983 - The Thriller video by Michael Jackson, which is 14 minutes long, debuts on MTV
  • 1995 - One Sweet Day, a duet by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sets a record by staying there for 16 weeks (video below)

This Day in Sports

  • 1909 - The National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal
    1951 - The Green Bay Packers retire the #14 Jersy for future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson 
  • 1981 - Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela of the LA Dodgers becomes the 3rd consecutive Dodgers player to be named the National League Rookie of the Year
  • 1984 - Dan Marino, the Miami quarterback breaks the NFL single-season touchdown pass record after he throws his 37th one and he goes on to finish out the season with 48 TD passes
  • 1994 - Cobb a film starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres about baseball player Ty Cobb
  • 2008 - Manchester United's Portuguese forward Christiano Ronaldo wins his first awards as the best football player in the world

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Echt (adjective)

1. Proper, real, genuine, true to type.

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