December 02: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 2, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 336th day of the Gregorian calendar is December 2. St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was consecrated on this day, as was LaGuardia Airport, and Fidel Castro was elected President of Cuba.

Sagittarius rules the 2nd of December. Britney Spears, Charlie Puth, and Aaron Rodgers all have famous birthdays. Chanukah and National Mutt Day both fall on December 2.


(December 02, 1804)
In the presence of Pope Pius VII, Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France. photo source:


(December 02, 1823)
On this day in 1823, President James Monroe proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine, which said that the United States would not engage in European politics but that its sphere of interest embraced the whole Western Hemisphere. photo source:

(December 02, 1908)
At the age of two, Puyi is crowned Emperor of China. photo source:

(December 02, 1942)
At the University of Chicago, scientists led by Enrico Fermi created the world's first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. photo source:

(December 02, 1971)
The United Arab Emirates were created in 1971 when six small emirates comprised of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain on the Arabian Peninsula merged; a seventh emirate joined in February 1972. photo source:


(December 02, 1982)
In Barney Clark, William C. DeVries installed the first permanent artificial heart, the Jarvik-7, made of aluminium and plastic. photo source:

(Died on December 02, 2020)
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 20th President of France, Coprince of Andorra (b. 1926).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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