1 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Madame Tussaud, 1761
  • Queen Alexandra, 1844
  • Rex Stout, 1886
  • Cyril Ritchard, 1898
  • Dame Alicia Markova, 1910
  • Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, 1912
  • Mary Martin, 1913
  • Woody Allen, 1935
  • Lou Rawls, 1936
  • Lee Trevino, 1939
  • Richard Pryor, 1940
  • Bette Midler, 1944
  • Charlene Tilton, 1958
  • Toni Collette, 1972

Died On This Day:

  • King Henry I, 1135
  • Pope Leo X, 1521
  • Czar Alexander I Russia, 1825
  • Aleister Crowley, 1947
  • David Ben-Gurion, 1973
  • Horace Heidt, 1986
  • Alvin Ailey, Jr., 1989
  • Stéphane Grappelli, 1997
  • Charlie Byrd, 1999
  • Clark Kerr, 2003

Today's Events:

  • 1822 - Franz Liszt, age 11, makes piano debut in Vienna.
  • 1825 - Nicholas I succeeds to Czar on death of Alexander I.
  • 1870 - Brigham Young incorporates first 'department store' in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • 1891 - First game of basketball played at YMCA gym in Springfield, MA lead by inventor James Naismith.
  • 1900 - Large brown hawk species Caracara becomes extinct as last one killed on the island of Guadeloupe.
  • 1913 - America's first gas station opens by Gulf Refining Co in Pittsburgh.
  • 1917 - Boys Town founded in Nebraska.
  • 1919 - Britain's first woman MP, Lady Astor, takes seat in House of Commons.
  • 1927 - Henry Ford's new Model A goes on display at Waldorf Hotel, NY; 50,000 ordered.
  • 1955 - Civil rights movement begins; Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up bus seat in Montgomery.
  • 1959 - Twelve countries, including the United States, sign treaty in Washington setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, free from military activity.
  • 1959 - First color photograph of the earth from outer space taken from nose cone of Thor missile.
  • 1986 - Manet's 'La Rue Mosniers aux Paveurs' sells for $11.1 million at Christie's, London.
  • 1986 - Georges Braque's 'Woman Reading' sells for $9.5 million at Sotheby's, London.
  • 1988 - Kohnberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. emerges as winner to take over Nabisco - Barbarians at the Gate.
  • 1998 - World's biggest merger as Exxon announces agreement with Mobil.
  • 2005 - Manuscript piano score of Beethoven's 1826 "Grosse Fuge" sold at Sotheby's, London for £1.12 million.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Eligius
  • Natalia

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Yugoslavia (1918), Portugal (1640)
  • AIDS Awareness Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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