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Day in History: Rosa Parks; "Great Expectations"; "Thriller"

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Today in History:
   On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
   In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations" was first published in weekly serial form.
   In 1982, Michael Jackson

Rosa Parks seated in a Montgomery bus in 1955

Today in History
Today is Sunday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2013. There are 30 days left in the year.

On Dec 1:
In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)

In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Company, opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their Tehran conference.
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.
In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1989, in an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
In 1992, in Mineola, N.Y., Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven years.)

in Entertainment history -

On December first, 1950, Sam Cooke joined the gospel group The Soul Stirrers.
In 1956, the Leonard Bernstein (BURN'-styn) musical "Candide," based on the story by Voltaire, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke made their national TV debuts on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.
Also in 1958, RCA Records signed singer Neil Sedaka.
In 1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany on suspicion of arson after their hotel room mysteriously caught fire.
In 1986, singer Lee Dorsey died in New Orleans of complications from emphysema. He's known for the hits "Ya-Ya" and "Working In The Coal Mine."
In 1989, actress Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden filed separate petitions for divorce in Santa Monica, California. Both said the split was amicable.
Also in 1989, actor James Woods and Sarah Marie Owen filed for separation in Los Angeles after four months of marriage.
In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur (TOO'-pak shah-KOOR') was convicted of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur was also recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day earlier after he was robbed outside a studio in New York.
In 2004, Tom Brokaw hosted his last night of NBC's "Nightly News." He had been on the anchor desk for 23 years.


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