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On this day... December 1

Fun and historical facts for December 1st

Jim Clerkin
December 01, 2017 - 8:40 am
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DECEMBER 1ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIE DAY
  • TODAY IS ROSA PARKS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY
  • TODAY IS FAUX FUR FRIDAY
  • TODAY IS THE DAY WITHOUT ART (AIDS AWARENESS DAY)

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • MARIE (MADAME) TUSSAUD (1761-1850)
  • MARY MARTIN (1913-1990)
  • LOU RAWLS (1933-2006)
  • WOODY ALLEN (1935, 82)
  • RICHARD PRYOR (1940-2005)
  • BETTE MIDLER (1945, 72)
  • PABLO ESCOBAR (1949-1993)
  • TREAT WILLIAMS (1951, 66)
  • BOB GOEN (1954, 63)
  • CAROL ALT (1960, 57)
  • SARAH SILVERMAN (1970, 47)
  • MATTHEW SHEPARD (1976-1998)
  • ZOE KRAVITZ (1988, 29)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1824, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DECIDES THAT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS IS THE WINNER OF THE DEADLOCKED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OVER ANDREW JACKSON
  • IN 1878, THE FIRST TELEPHONE IS INSTALLED IN THE WHITE HOUSE
  • IN 1903, THE FIRST WESTERN FILM “THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1913, HENRY FORD INSTALLS THE FIRST MOVING ASSEMBLY LINE AT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY
  • IN 1917, FATHER FLANAGAN OPENS BOYS TOWN OUTSIDE OMAHA, NEBRASKA
  • IN 1929, EDWIN LOWE INVENTS BINGO
  • IN 1933, ADOLF HITLER HIRES RUDOLF HESS AND ERNEST ROHM TO GOV’T POSITIONS
  • IN 1934, STALIN BEGINS “THE GREAT PURGE” OF 1934-1938 AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF SERGEY KIROV, MAYOR OF LENINGRAD
  • IN 1939, GERMANY BEGINS MASS DEPORTATION OF POLISH JEWS
  • IN 1941, JAPANESE EMPORER HIROHITO DECLARES THE NATION TO BE AT WAR
  • IN 1942, THE UNITED STATES BEGINS GAS RATIONING
  • IN 1952, THE FIRST EVER SEX CHANGE OPERATION IS REPORTED IN NEW YORK NEWSPAPERS
  • IN 1953, HUGH HEFNER PUBLISHES THE FIRST ISSUE OF PLAYBOY, FEATURING MARILYN MONROE AS THE CENTERFOLD
  • IN 1955, ROSA PARKS IS ARRESTED FOR REFUSING TO MOVE TO THE BACK OF A BUS
  • IN 1957, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW HOSTS SAM COOKE, BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS
  • IN 1964, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MEETS WITH J EDGAR HOOVER TO DISCUSS HOOVER’S SLANDER CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM
  • IN 1967, WILT CHAMBERLAIN SETS A RECORD BY MISSING 22 FREE THROWS
  • IN 1969, THE UNITED STATES HOLDS ITS FIRST DRAFT LOTTERY SINCE WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1969, THE LAPD ISSUES A WARRANT TO ARREST THE MANSON FAMILY
  • IN 1971, JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO RELEASE “HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER)”
  • IN 1974, THE LOS ANGELES SKID ROW SLASHER KILLS HIS FIRST OF 8 VICTIMS
  • IN 1975, PRESIDENT GERALD FORD VISITS CHINA
  • IN 1982, SYDNEY POLLACK RELEASES “TOOTSIE”
  • IN 1984, BOSTON COLLEGE QUARTERBACK DOUG FLUTIE WINS THE HEISMAN TROPHY
  • IN 1984, EDDIE MURPHY’S “BEVERLY HILLS COP” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1985, CBS BEGINS AIRING THE MINI SERIES “ANNE OF GREEN GABLES”
  • IN 1988, PAKISTAN’S BENAZIR BHUTTO BECOMES THE FIRST EVER FEMALE MUSLIM HEAD OF STATE
  • IN 1989, ARTISTS STRIKE IN “THE DAY WITHOUT ART” TO DEMONSTRATE FOR AIDS AWARENESS
  • IN 1989, POPE JOHN PAUL II VISITS THE KREMLIN TO SEE MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
  • IN 1992, AMY FISHER IS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING MARY JO BUTTAFUOCO
  • IN 1992, POLICE RAID A VIDEO STORE IN RESPONSE TO AN ARMED GUNMAN WHICH TURNS OUT TO BE A CARDBOARD CUT OUT OF DENZEL WASHINGTON
  • IN 1994, RICHARD GERE AND CINDY CRAWFORD ANNOUNCE THEY ARE SEPERATING
  • IN 1999, JAY-Z STABS A RECORD EXECUTIVE AT A NIGHT CLUB
  • IN 2003, PETER JACKSON RELEASES THE FINAL LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE, “THE RETURN OF THE KING”
  • IN 2014, PETER JACKSON RELEASES THE FINAL HOBBIT MOVIE, “THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES”
  • IN 2016, THE UN ADMITS ITS PEACEKEEPING EFFORT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR A CHOLERA OUTBREAK WHICH KILLED 30,000 IN HAITI
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