- 1835 Hans Christian Andersen publishes his 1st book of fairy tales
- 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, used by Stalin as the excuse to begin the Great Purge of 1934-38.
- 1952 The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation.
- 1955 Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1988 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
Michael Jackson releases his album "Thriller"
On December 1, 1982