Daily Calendar for Friday, December 1, 2023


  • William Henry Holmes (archaeologist) –
  • Rex Stout (novelist) –
  • David Fitzgerald Doyle (actor) –
  • Lee Trevino (golfer) –
  • Richard Pryor (comedian & actor) –
  • Stephen Benton (American scientist) –
  • Bette Midler (singer & actress) –
  • Brad Delson (guitarist of Linkin Park) –
  • Princess Aiko (first child of Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako) –


  • David Ben-Gurion (1st Prime Minister of Israel) –
  • James Baldwin (author) –
  • Eugene Bob Gregoire (first design chief of Ford, creator of the Lincoln Continental) –
  • Capt. Edward L. Beach (author of Run Silent, Run Deep ) –
  • Sandra Day O'Connor (first female U.S. Supreme Court justice) –


  • New York’s Erie Canal closed due to weather.–
  • The Christmas Club savings account began–
  • First drive-in gasoline service station opened, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–
  • Lt. Harry Colebourn officially donated Winnie (the bear Christopher Robin Milne named his bear after) to the London Zoo–
  • First flight of helium-filled blimp (C-7), between Virginia and D.C.–
  • Dupree Gardens opened, Land O’ Lakes, Florida–
  • Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States–
  • Rosa Parks, a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger–
  • First 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty–
  • The Antarctic Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., guaranteeing peaceful international use of the continent–
  • News anchor, Tom Brokaw, signed off after 23 years of bringing news to viewers–
  • Astronaut Bob Thirsk returned to Earth after 6 months on the International Space Station–


  • The Erie Canal was closed due to weather–
  • The temperature at Kipp, Montana, rose 80 degrees over the course of the day–
  • -25.6 degrees F, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta–

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