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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, 24,148,800 minutes 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

  • 1941
    World War II: Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signs Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.
  • 1958
    The Our Lady of the Angels School fire in Chicago, Illinois, kills 92 children and three nuns.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam.
  • 1988
    Benazir Bhutto is appointed Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 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?

  • 1922
    Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • 1937
    Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 6th President of Latvia
  • 1954
    Bob Goen, American television host
  • 1979
    Angelique Bates, American actress
  • 1985
    Emiliano Viviano, Italian footballer

Who died on December 1?

  • 1767
    Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (b. 1710)
  • 1830
    Pope Pius VIII (b. 1761)
  • 1884
    William Swainson, British attorney and Attorney General of New Zealand (b. 1809)
  • 1987
    James Baldwin, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 1997
    Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)

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