Today is Saturday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2017. There are 29 days left in the year.
On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
In 1697, London's St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was consecrated for use even though the building was still under construction.
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 Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field went into operation as an airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight.
In 1954, the U.S. Senate passed, 67-22, a resolution condemning Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., saying he had "acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
In 1957, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first full-scale commercial nuclear facility in the U.S., began operations. (The reactor ceased operating in 1982.)
In 1970, proposed by President Richard Nixon, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors under its first director, 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 1997, the film drama "Good Will Hunting" starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck was released by Miramax Films.
Birthdays: Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 86. Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is 78. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 73. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 63. Actress Lucy Liu is 49. International Tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles is 44. Singer Nelly Furtado is 39. Pop singer Britney Spears is 36. NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 34.
Thought for Today: "Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate." -- Addison Mizner, American architect (1872-1933).