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This Day in History for December 2 – Enron Declares Bankruptcy and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years (More info)

1823 – During his annual address to Congress, President James Monroe proclaims a new US foreign policy initiative that becomes known as the Monroe Doctrine (More info)

1954 – The United States Senate votes to condemn Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute” (More info)

1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head a Muslim nation (More info)

2001 – Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in US history (More info)

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