On This Day

Historical Events in December 1845

Historic Event

Dec 2 US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West, a widely held belief termed "manifest destiny" by newspaper editor John O'Sullivan

  • Dec 6 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at Yale College.

Historic Event

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

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