site.btaToday's Observances: Dec. 2
- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery;
- National Day of Laos: Republic Day (1975);
- National Day of the United Arab Emirates: Independence Day (1971).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1851: First symphony orchestra established in Shoumen.
1949: Sofia Thermal Power Plant goes into operation with 1200 MW capacity.
1985: BTA institutes Joseph Herbst journalism award to commemorate his 110th birth and 60th death anniversary. Herbst is first director of press (1908-1911).
2003: First liver cell transplant performed at Alexandrovska Hospital in Sofia (world's fourth after US, Britain and Germany).
2004: Monument to freedom fighter Captain Petko Voyvoda (1844-1900) unveiled in Rome next to Giuseppe Garibaldi monument on Janiculum Hill, marking Petko's 160th birth anniversary.
2005: Consulate General inaugurated in Shanghai.