December 1st History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 1st History Highlights
December 1st is…
Civil Air Patrol Day
Eat A Red Apple Day
National Christmas Lights Day
World Aids Day
December 1st Birthday Quotes
“Golf isn’t just my business, it’s my hobby.”
“I just don’t want to die alone, that’s all. That’s not too much to ask for, is it It would be nice to have someone care about me, for who I am, not about my wallet.”
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
“It’s not about failure; it’s about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal.”
“Neverland is the way I would like real life to be… timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness, and magic.”
December 1st Birthdays
1761 – Marie Tussaud, French-English sculptor, founder of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (died in 1850)
1805 – 9th Dalai Lama (died in 1815)
1886 – Rex Stout, American author (died in 1975)
1913 – Mary Martin, American actress, and singer (died in 1990)
1923 – Dick Shawn, American actor (died in 1987)
1933 – Lou Rawls, American singer-songwriter (died in 2006)
1934 – Billy Paul, American singer (died in 2016)
1935 – Woody Allen, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1938 – Sandy Nelson, American rock and roll drummer
1939 – Lee Trevino, American golfer
1940 – Richard Pryor, American comedian (died in 2005)
1944 – John Densmore, American drummer, The Doors
1945 – Bette Midler, American singer, and actress
1946 – Gilbert O’Sullivan, Irish singer-songwriter and pianist
1949 – Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist (died in 1993)
1951 – Treat Williams, American actor
1952 – Rick Scott, American politician
1960 – Carol Alt, American model
1988 – Zoë Kravitz, American actress
December 1st History
800 – Charlemagne judged the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican, and decided in the Pope’s favor.
1783 – The first manned voyage of a lighter-than-air hydrogen balloon left Paris carrying Professor Jacques Alexander Cesar Charles and Marie-Noel Robert to almost 500 feet and landed 28 miles away after about 2 hours in the air. 1841 – The first steamboat engine built in America for a screw-propelled vessel, designed by John Ericsson and built by Captain Sylvester Doolittle, installed on the ship Vandalia, was launched.
1885 – Invented by Charles Alderton, Dr. Pepper was first served at the W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas.
1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the continuously moving assembly line, producing a complete automobile every two-and-a-half minutes. It was the first true “mass production” system.
1913 – The first U.S. drive-in automobile service ‘filling station’ opened at the traffic intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1952 – The New York Daily News reported that Christine Jorgensen was the first case of sexual reassignment surgery.
1953 – The first issue of Playboy was published.
1955 – Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
1958 – #1 Hit December 1, 1958 – December 21, 1958: The Teddy Bears – To Know Him Is to Love Him
1958 – A fire at Our Lady of Angels School elementary school in Chicago killed 90 children.
1968 – Broadway Show – Promises, Promises (Musical) opened on December 1, 1968
1973 – #1 Hit December 1, 1973 – December 14, 1973: The Carpenters – Top of the World
1974 – Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 6231 crashed northwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport; also TWA Flight 514, another Boeing 727, crashed northwest of Dulles International Airport, killing all 92 people on board.
1989 – Christmas Vacation was released in theaters.
1990 – #1 Hit December 1, 1990 – December 7, 1990: Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight
1990 – The Chunnel between England and France was connected and celebrated when an Englishman and Frenchmen broke their respective sides. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the French president, François Mitterrand, in a ceremony held in Calais on May 6, 1994.
1991 – Britney Spears appeared on Star Search.
1992- The Young and The Restless aired the 5,000th episode. In honor of the event, The Price Is Right (also CBS) even featured Y&R themed showcases.
1994 – The Game Show Network, the 24-hour channel dedicated to game shows, made its debut
1994 – Home & Garden Television (HGTV) made its debut.
1996 – 25 Days Of Christmas began airing on The Family Channel.
1997 – 8 planets in our Solar System lined up from West to East beginning with Pluto, followed by Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn, along with a crescent moon, in a rare alignment visible from Earth that lasted until December 8.
2012 – #1 Hit December 1, 2012 – December 21, 2012: Rihanna – Diamonds
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The Capital of Burundi is Bujumbura
TV Quotes… “Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!” (Stan and Kyle) on “South Park”.
The song “We Need a Little Christmas” was originally about starting Christmas very early, one week after Thanksgiving.
The Wilhelm Scream #moviecliches
The word ‘pyrokinesis’ was coined by horror novelist Stephen King in his 1980 novel Firestarter to describe the ability to create and control fire with the mind.
My dog doesn’t even know space is a thing, what if we don’t even know something else is a ‘thing.’
A couple sued AC/DC in 1981 for $250,000 because their telephone number is in the song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” resulting in hundreds of prank calls. #justring362436
The Capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou
Henry VIII of England agreed to marry Anne of Cleves after seeing a portrait that he commissioned of her. After meeting in person, Henry realized she wasn’t as attractive as the painting suggested and annulled the marriage. The portrait is now displayed in the Louvre.
“You had me at ‘hello.'” – Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) in Jerry Maguire, 1996
Connie Francis – Real Name: Concetta Franconers
I’m playing hide and seek with the neighborhood kids right now. They’ll never find me because they aren’t old enough to drive or get into this bar.
“There’s an ad for every vice. That’s advice.” – Brian Spellman
Natalie Portman skipped the film premiere for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace because she had to study for her high school finals.
You look mahvelous! – Billy Crystal as Fernando (Saturday Night Live)
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