Today is Wednesday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2009. There are 29 days left in the year.
In 1969, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, flew from Seattle to New York City.
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In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.
In 1823, President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.
In 1927, Ford Motor Co. formally unveiled its second Model A automobile, the successor to its Model T.
In 1939, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Airport) went into operation.
In 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time, at the University of Chicago.
In 1954, the Senate voted to condemn Wisconsin Republican Joseph McCarthy for conduct that “tends to bring the Senate into disrepute.”
In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency began operating.
In 1999, relative calm was restored in Seattle, where a meeting of the World Trade Organization was greeted earlier with sometimes violent demonstrations. In Northern Ireland, a power-sharing cabinet of Protestants and Catholics sat down together for the first time.