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December 1st History

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St. Nicholas lived in Turkey, where he served as bishop in the town of Myra, during the fourth century. Sinter Klaas (St. Nicholas) brought gifts at Christmastime, according to legend, either through an open window or down a chimney. He was generous, often supplying dowries for young brides-tobe.

December 1st In Pop Culture 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.

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) 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 and Englishman and Frenchmen broke their 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.

2007 - #1 Hit December 1, 2007 - January 4, 2008: Alicia Keys - No One

2012 - #1 Hit December 1, 2012 - December 21, 2012: Rihanna - Diamonds

December 1st
Celebrity Birthdays

Heard Outside
The PCM Office ...

Woody Allen (1935)
Carol Alt (1960)
John Densmore (1944)
Jared Fogle (1977)
Jonathan Coulton (1970)
Mary Martin (1913-1990)
Lou Rawls (1935)
Charlene Tilton (1958)
Annette Haven (1954)
Mat Kearney (1978)
Bette Midler (1945)
Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946)
Richard Pryor (1940-2005)
"Hey, when you're smokin' cigarettes outside...who comes by later to pick up those butts? 'Cause that dude is not doin' his job."
"My one regret in life is that I am not someone else."
-Woody Allen

 



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