spotlight Today In History, Dec. 2: San Bernardino Shootings Dec 2, 2018 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Sunday, Dec. 2.Today's Highlight in History: 2015: San Bernardino Shootings In 2015, a couple loyal to Islamic State opened fire at a holiday banquet for public employees in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others before dying in a shootout with police. AP 1859: John Brown In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October. Artist Georges-Pierre Seurat was born in Paris. AP 1927: Model A In 1927, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Model A automobile that replaced its Model T. AP 1939: LaGuardia Airport In 1939, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Airport) went into operation as an airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight. AP 1942: Nuclear Chain Reaction In 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago. AP 1954: Joseph McCarthy 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." AP 1970: Environmental Protection Agency In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors under its first director, William D. Ruckelshaus. AP 1980: San Salvador In 1980, four American churchwomen were raped and murdered outside San Salvador. (Five national guardsmen were convicted in the killings.) AP 1982: Artificial Heart On Dec. 2, 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. AP 1993: Pablo Escobar In 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by security forces in Medellin. AP 2001: Enron In 2001, in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history, Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection. AP 2008: Odetta Ten years ago: Folk singer Odetta died in New York at age 77. AP 2008: Saxby Chambliss Ten years ago: Republican Saxby Chambliss won a Georgia runoff, denying Democrats a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (until Al Franken's belated victory over Norm Coleman in Minnesota). AP 2013: "Cyber Monday" Five years ago: On "Cyber Monday," perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like Amazon.com, paving the way for more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales. AP 2017: Michael Flynn One year ago: President Donald Trump changed his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting that he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. ABC News suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for an erroneous report about Flynn. (Ross had reported that then-candidate Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians; Ross clarified the report hours later, saying that his source now said Trump had not done so as a candidate, but as president-elect.) 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