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The north

10 years ago

Dec. 2, 2002: Even cats need a workout. That’s the theory behind the planning for an outdoor free-range pen to be constructed in the spring at the Massena Humane Shelter. The shelter, which has an outdoor running area for dogs, has been fundraising for the cat pen throughout the summer and fall.

25 years ago

Dec. 2, 1987: An Oswego County man Tuesday night became turned around after rolling his car over on Interstate 81 and then drove the damaged vehicle the wrong way on the highway for nearly 20 miles, police said. Police said their pursuit ended when they forced the car off the highway near the Arsenal Street exit in Watertown.

50 years ago

Dec. 2, 1962: A fire of unknown origin leveled a large barn on the Ray Burkett farm, West Potsdam, at 7 a.m. on Sunday, destroying 24 head of cattle, farm machinery including a tractor, baled hay, tools and milking equipment.

75 years ago

Dec. 2, 1937: The 1938 edition of the Watertown city directory, published by the Kimball Directory company, which was being delivered here today to subscribers, reveals that there are approximately 36,000 residents in this city, compared with a total of 35,900 a year ago and 35,739 two years ago.

100 years ago

Dec. 2, 1912: Henry F. Hubbard Jr. and Elmer E. Hubbard, comprising the firm of Hubbard Bros., dealers in farming implements and hardware at Theresa, filed in U.S. court today individual and partnership bankruptcy, showing partnership liabilities of $7,870 unsecured.

125 years ago

Dec. 2, 1887: The park toboggan slide will be open tomorrow afternoon. Mr. C.B. Bowers has put the slide in splendid condition, and everything will be ready for the opening tomorrow.

150 years ago

Dec. 2, 1862: There will be a total eclipse of the moon early on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will be total throughout the United States. The moon, however, will be faintly visible, rayless and in color resembling a copper disc.

The world

Today is Sunday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2012. There are 29 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.

On this date:

In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French.

In 1812, the Electoral College chose President James Madison to serve a second term of office.

In 1823, President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry.

In 1927, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Model A automobile that replaced its Model T.

In 1954, the Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for conduct that “tends to bring the Senate into disrepute.”

In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Communism.

In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened.

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 1991, American hostage Joseph Cicippio, held captive in Lebanon for more than five years, was released.

In 2001, in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history, Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Julie Harris is 87. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 68. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 58. Actor Steven Bauer is 56. Country singer Joe Henry is 52. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 52. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 44. Actress Lucy Liu is 44. Tennis player Monica Seles is 39. Singer Nelly Furtado is 34. Pop singer-celebrity judge Britney Spears is 31.

Thought for Today: “Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.” — Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859).

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