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 was 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 minutes 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 landed Trans World Airlines Flight 200, and MD-83, at 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 service planned to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to customers.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

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

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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