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12/2/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - December 2
(L-R) James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, James K. Polk
(L-R) James Madison, James Monroe,
William Henry Harrison, James K. Polk

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Today in History in 1812 James Madison was re-elected as President of the U.S.; in 1823 the “Monroe Doctrine” was declared by President James Monroe; in 1840 William Henry Harrison was elected as the ninth U.S. President; and in 1845 President James K. Polk’s Manifest Destiny was announced to Congress.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1697 - St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated for use following the destruction of the previous building in the Great Fire of London.
  • 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris
  • 1812 - James Madison re-elected president of US, E. Gerry vice-president
  • 1823 - President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", a US foreign policy regarding Latin America
  • 1840 - William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America
  • 1845 - Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 1867 - In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
  • 1927 - Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')
  • 1929 - First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
  • 1976 - Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1859 - Georges Seurat, Paris France, post-impressionist painter (Grande Jatte), (d. 1891)
  • 1923 - Maria M Callas, NYC, soprano (Carmen)
  • 1925 - Julie Harris, Grosse Pt Mich, actress (Bell Jar, East of Eden), (d. 2013)
  • 1946 - Gianni Versace, Reggio Calabria, Italy, fashion designer (Versace), (d. 1997)
  • 1981 - Britney Spears, Kentwood, Louisiana, singer and popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U")

Famous Weddings

  • 1886 - 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London
  • 1926 - Film director/producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London
  • 1933 - 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)
  • 1965 - Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)
  • 2000 - Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick

Famous Deaths

  • 1547 - Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador who defeated the Aztec Empire, dies of pleurisy at 61/62
  • 1814 - Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.
  • 1859 - John Brown, US abolitionist (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59
  • 1986 - Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer
  • 1990 - Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90
  • 1990 - Robert Cummings, actor (Love that Bob), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 1995 - Roxie Roker, actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons), dies at 66


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