22 fun facts for December, 2

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
December 2nd has seen pivotal events in world history, such as Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation, the creation of the Monroe Doctrine, and the first NHL game ever played. Other events include the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction and the establishment of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
22 Fun facts
  1. On December 2, 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, signifying the end of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Napoleonic era.
  2. In 1823, on December 2, President James Monroe introduced the Monroe Doctrine during his seventh annual message to Congress, which created a long-standing principle of American foreign policy to limit European colonization and military involvement in the Americas.
  3. On December 2, 1845, Manifest Destiny became a term widely used after journalist John O'Sullivan popularized it in the New York newspaper "The Morning Post" to describe the belief in the inevitable expansion of the United States.
  4. The first issue of Scientific American was published on December 2, 1848, by Rufus Porter. The magazine is still in circulation today, making it the longest continuously published magazine in the United States.
  5. In 1859, on December 2, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his role in the raid on Harpers Ferry. His actions aimed to incite a slave rebellion, and his trial and execution further polarized the North and South preceding the American Civil War.
  6. On December 2, 1867, English author Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States at Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts.
  7. The famed luxury car manufacturer, Cadillac, was founded on December 2, 1902, by Henry M. Leland in Detroit, Michigan.
  8. December 2, 1917, marks the day that the first NHL game was played, with the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators facing off.
  9. On December 2, 1927, the first Model A Ford automobile was sold for $385. The Model A was the successor to Henry Ford's iconic Model T and was produced from 1927 to 1931.
  10. On December 2, 1942, the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction occurred in Chicago, Illinois, under the guidance of physicist Enrico Fermi, marking a critical milestone in the development of atomic energy.
  11. On December 2, 1952, 20th Century Fox released the first-ever 3D film, "Bwana Devil," directed by Arch Oboler, which is said to have kicked off the "golden era" of 3D cinema.
  12. In 1954, the United States Senate voted to condemn Senator Joseph McCarthy on December 2nd for conduct unbecoming of a senator during the infamous McCarthy era.
  13. On December 2, 1961, Fidel Castro declared that Cuba would adopt communism and ally itself with the Soviet Union, marking a significant turn in the Cold War.
  14. The first heart transplant was conducted by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on December 2, 1967, in Cape Town, South Africa. The recipient, Louis Washkansky, lived for 18 days with the new heart.
  15. On December 2, 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established by President Richard Nixon to help protect human health and the environment.
  16. In 1971, on December 2, the United Arab Emirates was formed by the union of six emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain, with the seventh emirate, Ras al-Khaimah, joining the federation in early 1972.
  17. December 2, 1976, marked the release of "Hotel California" by the Eagles. The album would go on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  18. On December 2, 1982, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart when Dr. Robert Jarvik implanted the Jarvik-7 device in his chest.
  19. In 1993, on December 2, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on the STS-61 mission, marking the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.
  20. The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on December 2, established by the United Nations to focus on raising awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
  21. December 2 is observed as National Mutt Day in the United States. This day is dedicated to celebrating mixed breed dogs and raising awareness about the large number of mixed breed dogs in need of homes.
  22. In 2019, on December 2, Finnish politician Sanna Marin was elected as the world's youngest prime minister at the age of 34, leading Finland's Social Democratic Party.