On This Day for 2nd December

Historical Events

  • 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris
  • 1823 President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", a US foreign policy regarding Latin America
  • 1845 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
  • 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.

Did You Know?

St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (the previous building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

On December 2nd, 1697

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