Calendar

Dec
1
Thu
Basketball Created – Anniversary
Dec 1 all-day

Basketball created Dec 1, 1891. James Naismith was a teacher of physical education at the International YMCA Training School at Springfield, MA. To create an indoor sport that could be played during the winter months, he nailed up peach baskets at opposite ends of the gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them. Thus was born the game of basketball.

Civil Air Patrol Founded – Anniversary
Dec 1 all-day

Civil Air Patrol Dec 1, 1941. The Director of Civilian Defense, former New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, signed a formal order creating the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a US Air Force Auxiliary. The CAP has a three-part mission: to provide an aerospace education program, a CAP cadet program and an emergency services program.

Data Backup Day
Dec 1 all-day

Data Backup Day On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.

 

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Rosa Parks Day – Anniversary of Arrest
Dec 1 all-day

Rosa Parks Dec 1, 1955. Anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks, at Montgomery, AL, for refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of a municipal bus. Her arrest triggered a yearlong boycott of the city bus system and led to legal actions that ended racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the southern US. The event has been called the birth of the modern civil rights movement. Rosa McCauley Parks was born at Tuskegee, AL, Feb 4, 1913.

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World AIDS Day
Dec 1 all-day

Aids ribbon In 1988, the World Health Organization designated the first of December as World AIDS Day, a day to remember those lost to the AIDS pandemic.

Dec
2
Fri
First Artificial Heart Transplant – Anniversary
Dec 2 all-day

Dec 2, 1982. Barney C. Clark, 61, became the first recipient of a permanent artificial heart. The operation was performed at the University of Utah Medical Center at Salt Lake City. Near death at the time of the operation, Clark survived almost 112 days after the implantation. He died Mar 23, 1983.

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John Brown Executed – Anniversary
Dec 2 all-day

Dec 2, 1859. Abolitionist leader who is remembered for his raid on the US Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Brown was hanged for treason at Charles Town, WV.

Maria Callas’ Birthday – Anniversary
Dec 2 all-day

Dec 2, 1923. Soprano born Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos to Greek immigrant parents at New York, NY. One of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, La Divina led the postwar revival of bel canto operas. A dramatic persona on and off stage, Callas epitomized the diva in popular culture. To me, the art of music is magnificent, and I cannot bear to see it treated in a shabby way, she once stated. Callas died at Paris, France, Sept 16, 1977.

Monroe Doctrine – Anniversary
Dec 2 all-day

Dec 2, 1823. President James Monroe, in his annual message toCongress, enunciated the doctrine that bears his name and that was long hailed as a statement of US policy: In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part. . . . We shouldconsider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.

Safety Razor Patented – Anniversary
Dec 2 all-day

Dec 2, 1901. American King Camp Gillette designed the first razor with disposable blades. Up until this time, men shaved with a straight-edge razor that they sharpened on a leather strap.

Dec
3
Sat
Andy Williams’ Birthday – Anniversary
Dec 3 all-day

Dec 3, 1927. The embodiment of easy listening as both a genre and way of life, Andy Williams made a career out of smooth balladry and clean-cut entertainment. Born at Wall Lake, IA, Williams sang with his brothers the Williams Brothers before going it alone and issuing a string of hits in the 1960s. His signature song was the Henry Mancini Johnny Mercer composition Moon River. Williams also hosted a popular Emmy Award winning television variety show from 1962 to 1971, and was well known for his Christmas specials and holiday music showcases. Later in life, Williams had his own theater in the entertainment mecca of Branson, MO. He died thereSept 25, 2012.

Bhopal Poison Disaster – Anniversary
Dec 3 all-day

Dec 3, 1984. At Bhopal, India, a leak of deadly gas (methyl isocyanate) at a Union Carbide Corp plant killed more than 4,000 persons and injured more than 200,000 in the worlds worst industrial accident.

Chester Greenwood Day
Dec 3 all-day

Celebrated the first Saturday in December, Chester Greenwood Day honors the inventor of the ear muff!

First Heart Transplant – Anniversary
Dec 3 all-day

Dec 3, 1967. Dr. Christiaan Barnard, a South African surgeon, performed the worlds first successful heart transplantation at Cape Town, South Africa.

Illinois – Admission Day
Dec 3 all-day

IllinoiseOn 3 December 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state in the Union.

Dec
4
Sun
‘Falcon Crest’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Dec 4 all-day

Dec 4, 1981. This nighttime serial was set in California wine country and originally focused on Angela Channing’s determined efforts to gain control of the Falcon Crest vineyard and winery; later in the nine-year run the emphasis turned to crime. Famous actors who were a part of the cast at one time or another include Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Cliff Robertson, Lana Turner, Gina Lollobrigida, Parker Stevenson, Anne Archer, Apollonia, Cesar Romero, Morgan Fairchild, Ken Olin and Mary Ann Mobley. In the season finale, Angela received Falcon Crest and everyone was happy.

Feast of Saint Barbara
Dec 4 all-day

Feast of St BarbaraDec 4. On this day, traditionally the feast day of St. Barbara, a young girl places a twig from a cherry tree in a glass of water. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, she is certain to marry the following year. Because the narratives of her life and martyrdom are legendary, St. Barbara was dropped from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1970.

Image: A Greek Orthodox icon of Saint Barbara.

National Grange Founded – Anniversary
Dec 4 all-day

On 4 December 1786, the first organized agricultural movement, the National Grange, was founded.

Dec
5
Mon
21st Amendment Ratified – Anniversary
Dec 5 all-day

Dec 5, 1933. Prohibition ended with the repeal of the 18th Amendment, as the 21st Amendment was ratified. Congress proposed repeal of the 18th Amendment ( the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof, for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.) Feb 20, 1933. By Dec 5, 1933, the repeal amendment had been ratified by the required 36 states and went into effect immediately as the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution.

AFL-CIO Founded – Anniversary
Dec 5 all-day

Dec 5, 1955. The American Federation of Labor and the Congressof Industrial Organizations joined together in 1955, following 20 years of rivalry, to become the nations leading advocate for trade unions.

George Armstrong Custer’s Birthday – Anniversary
Dec 5 all-day

Dec 5, 1839. Born at New Rumley, OH, Custer was a cavalry officer in the US Civil War whose courage and leadership brought him admiration and fame. He later spent ten years on the Great Plains fighting in the Indian Wars and leading a successful Black Hills expedition in 1874 to find gold. During a campaign to move the Lakota Sioux onto reservations to make way for the gold rush, Custer attacked an encampment of Sioux and Cheyenneon June 25, 1876. Outnumbered, he and about 215 of his men were quickly killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn now considered one of the biggest military fiascoes in US history.

Montgomery Bus Boycott begins – Anniversary
Dec 5 all-day

Dec 5, 1955. Rosa Parks was arrested at Montgomery, AL, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. In support of Parks,and to protest the arrest, the black community of Montgomery organized a boycott of the bus system. The boycott lasted from Dec 5, 1955, to Dec 20, 1956, when a US Supreme Court ruling was implemented at Montgomery, integrating the public transportation system.

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Walt Disney’s Birthday – Anniversary
Dec 5 all-day

Dec 5, 1901. Animator, filmmaker, theme park developer, born at Chicago, IL. Disney died at Los Angeles, CA, Dec 15, 1966.

Dec
6
Tue
13th Amendment Ratified – Anniversary
Dec 6 all-day

Dec 6, 1865. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the US. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, save as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. This amendment was proclaimed Dec 18, 1865. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments are considered the Civil War Amendments.

Dave Brubeck’s Birthday – Anniversary
Dec 6 all-day

Dec 6, 1920. With his innovative and forever intuitive sound as both a pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck became one of the biggest stars of American jazz in the 1950s and 60s, at a time when rock and roll wasthe dominant force in popular music. Legendary records like his 1955 Columbia debut Brubeck Time and the ambitious Time Out (1959) featuring the hitTake Five and the first million-selling jazz album remain as hallmarks of jazz, and document how Brubeck and his collaborators defined the contours of American cool. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, he was also the first modern jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. Born at Concord, CA, Brubeck died Dec 5, 2012, at Norwalk, CT.

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