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Calendar for December 1st, 2013

Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday is a liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and observed by many as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence. Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year.

Every Year

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

  • World AIDS Day

  • 1830s

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

  • 1840s

  • Born 1846: William Henry Holmes (archaeologist)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1886: Rex Stout (novelist)

  • 1900s

  • 1909: The Christmas Club savings account began

  • 1910s

  • 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

  • 1920s

  • Born 1929: David Fitzgerald Doyle (actor)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1935: Woody Allen (actor & producer)

  • Born 1939: Lee Trevino (golfer)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Richard Pryor (comedian & actor)

  • 1940: Dupree Gardens opened, Land O' Lakes, Florida

  • Born 1945: Bette Midler (singer & actress)

  • 1950s

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

  • 1959: First 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty

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

  • 1970s

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

  • Born 1977: Brad Delson (guitarist of Linkin Park)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1987: James Baldwin (author)

  • 2000s

  • 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

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