- 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.
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 2, 1697