On This Day for 1st December

Historical Events

  • 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)

Did You Know?

Michael Jackson releases his album "Thriller"

On December 1st, 1982

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 Chinese political and military leader Chiang Kai-shek (40) weds Soong May-ling (28) in Shanghai
  • 1973 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard
  • 1982 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1990 Film director John Carpenter (36) weds producer Sandy King
  • 1996 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage