December 1 Events in History - December 1 Birthdays - December 1 Deaths
2014 Former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk replaces Herman Van Rompuy as president of the European Council
2014 The U.N. World Food Program stops assistance to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the nations adjoining Syria; the program has provided over $800 million in aid but lacks funds to continue this support
2013 An overwhelming 65% of Croatian voters vote yes for a referendum on a proposal to outlaw same-sex marriage
2013 The Chang'e 3 lunar probe is launched by China; the probe, headed for the moon, includes a robotic lander and the Yutu, Jade Rabbit buggy
2012 In ceremonies held at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, is officially inactivated after a 51-year U.S. Naval career
2012 Mexico swears in its new President, Enrique Pena Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party
2011 In Belgium, Parti Socialiste leader Elio di Rupo is set to become Prime Minister, pending approval by the parties' conventions and definition of the cabinet makeup
2011 The music video for the single, 'Marry the Night' is released by pop singer Lady Gaga; the song is from her 2011 album 'Born This Way'
2010 Results from the Afghan parliamentary election are announced since September balloting
2010 Plans to build 625 more homes in close to the West Bank, adjacent to Arab East Jerusalem, were announced
2009 For the first time in 17 years, North Korea raises the value of its currency
2005 South Africa is the 5th country to recognize same-sex marriages
1997 GS Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, attacks his coach P J Carlesimo
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport, Iowa on KORB 93.5 FM
1997 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS
1996 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2)
1996 Lance Klusener takes 8-64 in debut Test Cricket to trounce India
1994 3 Seattle Seahawks injured in a car accident
1994 Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere announce they are seperating
1994 Ernesto Zedillo innaugrated as president of Mexico
1994 PTL leader Jim Bakker released from jail
1994 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London
1993 Northwest Airlink plane crashes in Minn, killing 18
1992 2 C-141B Starlifters collide in Montana and crash, 13 die
1992 Amy Fisher sentenced 5-15 years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco
1991 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin New York City after 32 performances
1991 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater New York City after 469 performances
1991 80th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Lyon (3-1)
1991 AIDS awareness day
1991 Colorado party wins Paraguay parliamentary election
1991 Nursultan Nazarbayev sworn in as president of Kazakhstan
1991 U.S. 75th manned space mission "STS-44" Atlantis 10 lands
1991 Ukrainian people vote for independence
1990 56th Heisman Trophy Award: Ty Detmer, Brigham Young (quarterback)
1990 British and French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
1990 Hissene Habre of Chad flees to Cameroon
1990 Iraq accepts Bush's offer for talks
1990 Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia hold their 1st joint session
1990 New York Knicks Patrick Ewing scores 50 points beating Charlotte 113-96
1989 "Day Without Art" - Artists demonstrate against AIDS
1989 East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
1989 Mark Langston signs record $3.2 million per year California Angels contract
1989 U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican
1988 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless
1988 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Moslem country, Pakistan
1988 Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
1988 NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics
1988 New York Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs St. Louis Blues
1987 Digging begins to link England and France under English Channel
1986 Musee d'orsay opens in Paris
1986 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
1985 Noraly Beyer becomes Netherlands 1st black TV newscaster
1985 STS-61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
1984 50th Heisman Trophy Award: Doug Flutie, Boston College (quarterback)
1984 France performs nuclear test
1984 Greg Page KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 8 for WBA heavyweight boxing title
1983 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
1982 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
1982 Michael Jackson releases 'Thriller'
1982 Miguel de la Madrid inaugurated as President of Mexico
1981 180 dies as Yugoslav DC-9 jetliner slams into a mountain
1981 Yugoslavic DC-9 crashes into mountain at Corsica, 174 killed
1980 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
1980 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"
1980 U.S. Justice Department sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
1978 Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size
1978 Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, vs. England at the Gabba
1978 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Angola admitted to UN
1976 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president
1976 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"
1975 U.S. president Gerald Ford visits China
1974 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
1974 Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
1973 Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
1973 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year
1973 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic
1973 Stan Stasiak beats Pedro Morales in Philadelphia, to become WWF champ
1972 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
1971 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 613 performances
1971 Cubs release Ernie Banks and sign him as a coach
1971 Galt MacDermot/John Guare's "2 gentlemen of Verona," premieres in New York City
1971 John and Yoko release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US
1971 People's Republic of South Yemen renames itself People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
1970 Luis Echeverria Alvarez sworn in as president of Mexico
1970 NHL takes control of Pittsburgh Penguins
1970 Independent People's Republic of South Yemen becomes People Democratic Republic of Yemen
1969 U.S. government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
1968 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 1281 performances
1968 Burt Bacharach/Hal David's musical premieres in New York City
1968 Gonzalo Barrios elected President of Venezuela
1967 Pacific Northwest Sports awarded AL expansion franchise (Seattle)
1967 Queen Elizabeth inaugurates 98-inch (249-cm) Isaac Newton telescope
1967 Seattle awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise teams
1967 Wilt Chamberlain set NBA record of 22 free throws misses
1966 Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
1966 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Md to Boulder, Colorado
1965 Airlift of refugees from Cuba to U.S. began
1965 South Africa government says children of white fathers are white
1964 Houston Colt .45s change name to Astros
1964 ML King speaks to J Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign
1963 New York Jets 1st shutout, beat Kansas City 17-0
1963 Nagaland becomes a state of Indian union
1962 Grey Cup halted by fog, resumed next day (Winnipeg 28, Hamilton 27)
1962 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1960 Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo
1959 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
1959 1st color photograph of Earth from outer space
1959 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)
1959 The 1st color photograph of Earth received from outer space
1958 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 602 performances
1958 Central African Republic made autonomous member of French Community (National Day)
1958 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students and 3 nuns (Chic)
1957 Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly and Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show
1956 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 73 performances
1956 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
1956 Frank Robinson (NL) and Luis Aparicio (AL) voted Rookie of the Year
1956 Indonesian Vice President Mohammed Hatta, resigns
1955 Rosa Parks (black) arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus
1954 Nationalist China and U.S. sign dike agreement
1954 Yankees send Miller, Segrist, Leppert and 2 minors to Orioles for Blayzka, Kryhoski, Johnson, Fridley and Del Guercio (completing 18 player deal)
1953 Red Sox trade M McDermott and Tom Umphlett for Wash's Jackie Jensen
1953 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, South Carolina (IND) 1st broadcast
1953 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Walter Alston named Dodger manager
1951 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
1951 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd," premieres in London
1951 Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
1949 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
1949 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
1948 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan, King of Palestine
1948 Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player
1947 Bradman scores 185 in the 1st Cricket Test vs. India at the Gabba
1947 India cricket all out for 58 vs. Australia at the Gabba, Toshack 5-2
1946 Australia compile 645 vs. India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)
1945 CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Winnipeg, 35-0 at Toronto
1944 Bela Bartok's Concerto for orchestra, premoeres
1944 Mail routing resumes in free South Netherlands
1944 Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres
1943 FDR, Churchill and Stalin agree to Operation Overlord (D-Day)
1942 Gasoline rationed in US
1941 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
1941 Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
1941 Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years
1941 U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes
1939 SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews
1938 School bus and train collide in Salt Lake City Utah
1937 Japan recognizes Franco government
1936 2nd Heisman Trophy Award: Larry Kelley, Yale (E)
1936 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use
1936 EW Brundin and FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless culture of plants
1935 Austria has world's 1st Day of Postage Stamp
1933 Rudolf Hess and Earnest Rohm become a minister in Hitler government
1931 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
1930 NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty
1930 Ruth Nichols becomes 1st woman pilot to cross continent
1929 BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe
1929 Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S Lowe
1928 CFL Grey Cup: Ham Tigers beats Regina, 30-0 at Hamilton
1928 Railroad museum opens in Utrecht, Netherlands
1925 Treaty of Locarno signed
1924 Calles becomes president of Mexico
1924 George/Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good," premieres in New York City
1923 CFL Grey Cup: Queen's U beats Regina, 54-0 at Toronto
1922 1st skywriting over US-"Hello USA"-by Captain Turner, RAF
1922 Polish state chief marshal Jozef Pilsudski, resigns
1921 1st U.S. helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight
1921 U.S. Post Office establishes philatelic agency
1919 AA Milne's "Mr Pim Passes By," premieres in Manchester
1919 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
1918 Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence
1918 Iceland becomes independent state under Danish crown
1918 Serbian-Croatian-Slovic kingdom proclaimed in Belgrade
1918 Yugoslavia declares independence; monarchy established
1917 Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb
1913 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pitts)
1913 Continuous moving assembly line introduced by Ford (car every 2:38)
1909 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
1909 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
1906 Cinema Omnia Pathe, world's 1st cinema, opens (Paris)
1906 Shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt (Captain of Kopenick) sentenced to 4 yrs
1903 "The Great Train Robbery," the 1st Western film, released
1900 South African president Paul Kruger visits Flanders
1896 1st certified public accountants receive certificates (NY)
1891 James Naismith creates the game of basketball
1887 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
1887 Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
1878 1st White House telephone installed
1868 John D. Rockefeller begins anti oil war
1864 Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, Tennessee to Saltville, VA
1864 Skirmish at Millen Brutal, Georgia
1852 Telegraph company opens throughout Netherlands
1843 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens
1835 Hans Christian Andersen published his 1st book of fairy tales
1831 Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
1824 House of Representatives begins to end election deadlock between JQ Adams,
1824 Jackson, WH Crawford and H Clay Adams eventually declared president
1822 Dom Pedro crowned emperor of Brazil
1822 Franz Liszts (11) debut as pianist Isabella Colbran
1821 Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep) proclaims independence from Spain
1804 Emperor Napoleon marries Josephine of Martinique
1783 Charles and M N Roberts ascend 2,000' in hydrogen balloon
1783 J van North launches unmanned balloon
1750 1st American school to offer manual training courses opens, Md
1742 Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
1708 Great Alliance occupies Brussels
1656 Germany promises Poland aid against Sweden
1653 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St. Albans to London in less than 90 minutes
1641 Mass becomes 1st colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
1640 Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule
1626 Pasha Muhammad ibn Farukh tyrannical Governor of Jerusalem, driven out
1566 Spanish king Philip II names Fernando Alvarez, duke of Alva
1167 Northern Italian towns form Lombardi League