December 02

This Day in History

1993

Drug Lord Pablo Escobar Killed

On this day in 1993, Pablo Escobar, a wealthy drug lord and leader of one of the most powerful drug empires ever built, was gunned down by Colombian police in a firefight. Over the course of his … (more...)

1943

Pigeons Awarded First Dickin Medals for Bravery

"On this day in 1943, near the turning point of World War II, the first ever Dickin Medals were bestowed upon three deserving recipients serving with Britain’s Royal Air Force for aiding in a heroic … (more...)

1942

First Nuclear Reaction

Italian-born American physicist Enrico Fermi demonstrates the first controlled nuclear fission reaction in an unused squash court in a basement at the University of Chicago. Two years earlier, Fermi, … (more...)