On Your Birthday: December 1

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1885 – Dr. Pepper was served for the first time at a drug store in Waco, TX.

1909 – The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.

1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.

1913 – The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.

1941 – The Civil Air Patrol was created. In April 1943 the Civil Air Patrol was placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces.

1942 – Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

1952 – The first successful sex-change operation was performed in Denmark.

1955 – A black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, named Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. She was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S. Her arrest sparks a yearlong bus boycott by blacks.

1959 – 12 countries, including the U.S. and U.S.S.R., signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.

1969 – The government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

1984 – NASA conducts the Controlled Impact Demonstration where a remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California’s Mojave Desert. The plan was to test technologies and gather data to help improve survivability of crashes.

1987 – Construction began on the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France.

1987 – NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G.E.’s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.

1989 – Sylvester Stallone is sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine.

1990 – British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel (nicknamed “The Chunnel”) finally met under the English Channel. Workers started digging from opposite ends and met in the middle.

1997 – Kenny G set a record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 mintues and 47 seconds.

1998 – Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

2001 – Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 200, and MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing an end to 76 years of TWA operations after TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.

2013 – Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed “Amazon Prime Air” on “60 Minutes.” The services was planned to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to customers.

 

YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…

Woody Allen 1935 – Comedian, actor, director (“Annie Hall”, “Hannah and Her Sisters”, “Midnight in Paris”)

Lee Trevino 1939 – Golfer

Federico Faggin 1941 – Inventor (Designed the first commercial microprocessor)

Eric Bloom 1944 – Musician (Blue Oyster Cult)

John Densmore 1944 – Musician (The Doors)

Bette Midler 1945 – Singer, actress (“Outrageous Fortune”, “The Rose”, “Ruthless People”, “Get Shorty”, “For the Boys”, “Beaches”)

Gilbert O’Sullivan 1946 – Singer (“Alone Again, Naturally”)

Treat Williams 1951 – Actor (“The Phantom”, “Dead Heat”, “Prince of the City”, “Hair”, TV’s “Everwood”)

Charlene Tilton 1958 – Actress (“Totally Blonde”, TV’s “Dallas”, “Love Boat”)

Carol Alt 1960 – Supermodel, actress (“Private Parts”, “Revelation”, “Beyond Justice”)

Jeremy Northam 1961 – Actor (“Gosford Park”, “Emma”, “Amistad”, “The Winslow Boy”, “Enigma”, “Martin and Lewis”, TV’s “The Tudors”)

Nestor Cabonell 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”, “Cold Case”)

Julie Condra 1970 – Actress (TV’s “The Wonder Years”)

Emily Mortimer 1971 – Actress (“The Pink Panther”, “Match Point”, “The 51st State”, “Hugo”, “Shutter Island”, “The Kid”, HBO’s “The Newsroom”)

Ashley Monique Clark 1988 – Actress (TV’s “The Hughleys”)

Zoe Kravitz 1988 – Actress (“X Men: First Class”, “The Brave One”)

 

TODAY IS…

Eat A Red Apple Day

World AIDS Day

 

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