Historical Events for 2nd December 2023

1802 – Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands
1913 – Vladimir Mayakovsky’s self titled tragedy “Vladimir Mayakovsky” premieres at Saint Petersburg’s Luna Park theatre
1929 – First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old.
1939 – British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC
1954 – Taiwan (ROC) and US sign the Mutual Defense Treaty, preventing Mainland China (PRC) from taking Taiwan between 1955-1979
1975 – Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People’s Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
1990 – First time 12 people in space at the same time
2014 – The World Food Programme suspends critical food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt because of a lack of funds
2018 – Trade war truce agreed between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at G-20 meeting in Argentina
2020 – The UK becomes the first western country to authorize a vaccine for COVID-19, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

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