What Happened in December 1845

Historical Events


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Dec 2 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • Dec 6 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at Yale College.

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Dec 17 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia's Northern Territory

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Dec 27 Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia
  • Dec 29 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 12 Bruce Price, American architect (d. 1903)
  • Dec 23 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr (found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal)
  • Dec 23 Gustave Ador, union president of Austria (1919)
  • Dec 26 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer
  • Dec 27 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer
  • Dec 28 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Johannes Simon Mayr, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 3 Gregor MacGregor, Scottish con-man (b. 1786)