Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2016. There are 29 days left in the year.

Highlight in History

In 1816, the first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.

OTHER EVENTS

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

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.

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 its doors under its first director, William D. Ruckelshaus.

In 2006, Fidel Castro failed to attend a military parade marking the 50th anniversary of the formation of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, raising questions about his ability to return to power.

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese IIIis 85. Senate Minority LeaderHarry Reid, D-Nev., is 77. Country singerJohn Wesley Rylesis 66. ActressLucy Liu(loo) is 48. International Tennis Hall of FamerMonica Selesis 43. SingerNelly Furtadois 38. Pop singerBritney Spearsis 35. Actress-singerJana Krameris 33. ActressYvonne Orji(TV: “Insecure”) is 33. NFL quarterbackAaron Rodgersis 33. ActorAlfred Enochis 28. Pop singer/songwriterCharlie Puthis 25. ActressesDaniella and Deanna Cantermanare 24.

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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