On This Day

December 1845 in History

Events in History


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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

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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 12 Bruce Price, American architect, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1903)
  • Dec 23 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, Canadian physician and founder of Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal), born in Sault-au-Récollet, Montreal
  • Dec 23 Gustave Ador, Swiss politician and President of the Confederation (1919), born in Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1928)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Gregor MacGregor, Scottish con-man (b. 1786)