November 2 (November 2) is the 306th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (307th in leap years). There are 59 days remaining until the end of the year.
1642 - In the Second Battle of Breitenfeld, in the Thirty Years' War, the Swedes defeat the Austrian Imperial Troops under Archduke Leopold, who lost at least 10,000 men.
1687 - A revolt of Janissaries in Constantinople overthrows Turkish Sultan Muhammad IV and his younger brother Suleiman II comes to power.
1721 - After the wars against the Ottoman Empire and Sweden, which strengthened Russia in the Black Sea and the Baltic, Peter the Great was proclaimed Tsar of All Russia.
1785 - London chariot manufacturer Lionel Lukin patents the first lifeboat.
1841 - Revolted by British occupation of Kabul, Afghans massacre 24 British officers, sparking the Second Afghan War.
1789 - Catholic Church property is confiscated in France, the first severe blow to the Catholic Church in its history.
1914 - Russia declares war on Turkey.
1917 - British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour announces Balfour's declaration establishing a Jewish state in Palestine.
1920 - The first social radio station is created in the United States.
1930 - Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
1938 - Hungary annexes southern Slovakia, joining the partition of Czechoslovakia following the signing of the Munich Agreement in September.
1949 - Indonesia's independence is recognized during a roundtable conference.
1953 - The Pakistani parliament declares the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
1956 - A Hungarian government rejects membership in the Warsaw Pact and seeks help from the United Nations over an attack by Soviet troops. The USSR vetoed the United Nations Security Council at the request of Western powers to consider the crisis in Hungary.
1963 - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Zem is assassinated in a coup d'etat by the South Vietnamese Army.
1964 - King Saud is overthrown in Saudi Arabia and Prince Faisal is proclaimed the new king.
1978 - Two Soviet cosmonauts - Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko - return to Earth from the Salyut 6 space station after 139 days and 14 hours, a new record for their stay in space.
1988 - A virus appears on the Internet for the first time in history.