What Happened on December 2

Significant 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
  • 1967 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky
  • 1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
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December 2 in Film & TV

December 2 in Music

  • 1883 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

December 2 in Sport

  • 1907 English Professional Football Players' Association forms

Did You Know?

1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart

On December 2, 1982


Would You Believe?

1st Model A Ford sold, for $385

On December 2, 1927

Famous Weddings

  • 1886 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London
  • 1926 Film director and 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
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