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On December first, 1955, Rosa
Parks, a black seamstress, refused to
give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery,
Alabama, city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested,
sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by
In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service
station opened, in Pittsburgh.
In 1919, Lady
Astor was sworn in as the first female member of
the British Parliament.
In 1934, Sergei M.
Kirov, a collaborator of Josef Stalin, was
assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive
nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in
the United States.
In 1943, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin
concluded their Tehran conference.
In 1956, the
Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide,"
based on Voltaire, opened on Broadway.
representatives of 12 countries, including the
United States, signed a treaty in Washington
setting aside Antarctica as a scientific
preserve, free from military activity.
In 1965, an
airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United
States began in which thousands of Cubans were
allowed to leave their homeland.
In 1969, the US
government held its first draft lottery since
World War Two.
In 1973, David
Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died
in Tel Aviv at age 87.
Ten years ago: In
an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul the
Second at the Vatican. East Germany's Parliament
abolished the Communist Party's constitutional
guarantee of supremacy.
Five years ago:
The Senate gave final congressional approval to a
world trade agreement, passing the 124-nation
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 76-to-24.
One year ago:
Exxon agreed to buy Mobil for $73.7 billion.
Cuba's Communist Party recommended that December
25th be re-established as a permanent holiday.
"I got a simple rule
about everybody. If you don't treat me right,
shame on you."
Louis Armstrong, American jazz musician