- 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, Stalin uses as 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 is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a 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