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Calendar for December 1st, 2012

World AIDS Day

Month of DecemberDecember comes from the Latin word decem, meaning "ten," because it was the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.

1831: New York's Erie Canal closed due to weather.

Born 1846: William Henry Holmes (archaeologist)

Born 1886: Rex Stout (novelist)

1909: The Christmas Club savings account began

1913: First drive-in gasoline service station opened, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1919: Lt. Harry Colebourn officially donated Winnie (the bear Christopher Robin Milne named his bear after) to the London Zoo

Born 1929: David Fitzgerald Doyle (actor)

Born 1935: Woody Allen (actor & producer)

Born 1939: Lee Trevino (golfer)

Born 1940: Richard Pryor (comedian & actor)

Born 1945: Bette Midler (singer & actress)

1955: Rosa Parks, a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger

1959: The Antarctic Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., guaranteeing peaceful international use of the continent

1959: First 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty

Died 1973: David Ben-Gurion (1st Prime Minister of Israel)

Born 1977: Brad Delson (guitarist of Linkin Park)

Died 1987: James Baldwin (author)

Born 2001: Princess Aiko (first child of Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako)

Died 2002: Capt. Edward L. Beach (author of Run Silent, Run Deep)

Died 2002: Eugene "Bob" Gregoire (first design chief of Ford, creator of the Lincoln Continental)

2004: News anchor, Tom Brokaw, signed off after 23 years of bringing news to viewers