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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on December 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 1 is the 335th day of the year 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 30 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 18, 2015 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,448,928,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatriacontapentagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 69 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,075 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 1 Historical Events

  • 1913
    The Buenos Aires Subway, the first underground railway system in the southern hemisphere and in Latin America, begins operation.
  • 1971
    Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
  • 1991
    Cold War: Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 2001
    Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.
  • 2009
    The Treaty of Lisbon, which amends the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which together comprise the constitutional basis of European Union, comes into effect.

Who were born on December 1?

  • 1951
    Treat Williams, American actor
  • 1961
    Armin Meiwes, German cannibal
  • 1966
    Katherine LaNasa, American actress
  • 1971
    Mika Pohjola, Finnish jazz pianist and composer
  • 1971
    Peter Van de Veire, Belgian radio-presenter

Who died on December 1?

  • 1377
    King Magnus II of Sweden (b. 1316)
  • 1767
    Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (b. 1710)
  • 1964
    Charilaos Vasilakos, Greek athlete, the first man to win a marathon race (b. 1877)
  • 1986
    Frank McCarthy, American producer (b. 1912)
  • 2010
    Hillard Elkins, American theatre and film producer (b. 1929)

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