Sunday, December 1, 2013

TODAY IN HISTORY

Sunday, December  01, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
 
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On this date in:
1824The House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. (John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay.)
1862President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, which was read aloud by the Secretary of the Senate. In it, Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery, saying that "in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,"
1913The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh.
1919Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.
1934Sergei M. Kirov, the head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, was assassinated as Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a massive purge that would claim tens of millions of lives.
1963The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.
1969The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
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1991Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
1992"Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher was sentenced to prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven years.)
2000Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.
2004Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."
2009President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops into the war in Afghanistan but promised to begin withdrawal in 18 months.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-singer Bette Midler turns 68 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Stansfield TurnerFormer CIA director90
Woody AllenWriter, director78
Lee TrevinoGolfer74
Dianne LennonSinger (The Lennon Sisters)74
John DensmoreRock musician (The Doors)69
Treat WilliamsActor62
Rick ScottGovernor of Florida61
Charlene TiltonActress ("Dallas")55
Carol AltModel, actress53
Jeremy NorthamActor52
Sarah SilvermanComedian, actress43
Actor Nestor Carbonell ("Lost," "Ringer") turns 46 years old today.
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