December 2 In History

December 2 in History

December 2nd is…
Fritters Day
National Mutt Day
Special Education Day

National Special Education Day
National Special Education Day celebrates the passage of landmark laws that ensure all children in the US receive a free education. On this day in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law, giving all children with disabilities access to free and appropriate public education. Since 2005 (the 30th anniversary of IDEA), National Special Education Day has been observed on December 2nd to celebrate the progress in American special education. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the educational issues that many disabled children still face.

Though IDEA has since been revised many times, it is still the basis for special education law in the United States. IDEA defines the rights of disabled school children and their caregivers provides guidelines for schools and families to work together and ensures access to the support and services each child needs to succeed.

There are nearly 6 million students with disabilities in the United States today. Thanks to IDEA, many of those students can meet their full potential. But no system is perfect – many students still need special interventions or support. Special education in America is a work in progress; it is changed bit by bit through the hard work of students, families, educators, advocates, lawmakers, and whole communities.

To honor National Special Education Day, consider what you can do to support special needs kids. Use your vote and your tax dollars to guide education issues in your state. Use social media to help boost the signal for school programs and non-profits dedicated to disabled children and their families – or, better yet, donate or volunteer and learn about the health and social issues that are impacting children today. While a supportive educational environment is critical to the success of special needs kids, so is understanding and acceptance in their communities.

It’s the perfect time to reach out to special education organizations or educators and advocate for individuals with disabilities.

1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated in London.

1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

1816 – The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS), opened for business.

1823 – US President James Monroe introduced the Monroe Doctrine.

1877 – Louis-Paul Cailletet (1832-1913) became the first to liquefy oxygen. He went on to liquefy nitrogen, hydrogen, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and acetylene.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its second mass-production model, the Ford Model A as its new automobile.

1939 – The New York Municipal Airport opened. It was renamed LaGuardia Airport after the mayor who pushed it for construction in 1953.

1942 – Enrico Fermi produced the first nuclear chain reaction below Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.

1950 – #1 Hit December 2, 1950 – December 29, 1950: Phil Harris – The Thing

1954 – The US Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” He was looking for communists within the government.

1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist/Leninist and that Cuba would adopt Communism.

1964 – Students stormed Sproul Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in a massive ‘sit-in.’

1967 – #1 Hit December 2, 1967 – December 29, 1967: The Monkees – Daydream Believer

1969 – On I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) became Mrs. Anthony Nelson.

1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed by President Richard Nixon, began operating. William Ruckelshaus was the first director.

1971 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed as a federation from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.

1972 – #1 Hit December 2, 1972 – December 8, 1972: The Temptations – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

1978 – #1 Hit December 2, 1978 – December 8, 1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

1982 – University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark, designed by Robert Jarvik The Jarvik-7. It extended Barney’s life by 16 weeks.

1983 – The epic (nearly 14 minutes long) music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller premiered.

1988 – The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! was released in theaters.

1993 – Drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot and killed by police forces in Medellin, Colombia.

1995 – #1 Hit December 2, 1995 – March 22, 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day

1997 – Good Will Hunting, starring and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, debuted in theaters.

2001 – Enron filed for bankruptcy.

2005 – Aeon Flux debuted in theaters.

2006 – #1 Hit December 2, 2006 – December 15, 2006: Akon featuring Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Love You

2009 – Nidal Hasan with thirty-two counts of attempted premeditated murder at the Fort Hood shooting spree on November 5th. There has been a lot of debate on whether it was an act of terrorism or ‘ workplace violence.’


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