12/2/2019 12:01:00 AM Today In History - December 2
(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:
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.
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")
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