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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

On Dec. 1, 2016, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed King Maha X of Thailand, the country's first new monarch in seven decades.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
On December 1, 2016, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, pictured in May 2016, was formally proclaimed King Maha X of Thailand, the country's first new monarch in seven decades. File Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/European Pressphoto Agency

This is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2021 with 30 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include French wax-figure sculptor Marie Tussaud in 1761; baseball Hall of Fame member Walter Alston in 1911; singer/actor Mary Martin in 1913; singer Lou Rawls in 1933; golf Hall of Fame member Lee Trevino in 1939 (age 82); comedian Richard Pryor in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Densmore in 1944 (age 77); singer/actor Bette Midler in 1945 (age 76); actor Treat Williams in 1951 (age 70); actor Deep Roy in 1957 (age 64); model Carol Alt in 1960 (age 61); actor Golden Brooks in 1970 (age 51); comedian Sarah Silverman in 1970 (age 51); Matthew Shepard, University of Wyoming student killed because he was gay, in 1976; actor Dean O'Gorman in 1976 (age 45); actor Riz Ahmed in 1982 (age 39); rapper Yolandi Visser in 1984 (age 37); actor Charles Michael Davis in 1984 (age 37); singer/actor Janelle Monae in 1985 (age 36); rock singer Tyler Joseph in 1988 (age 33); actor Zoe Kravitz in 1988 (age 33); TV personality/animal conservationist Robert Irwin in 2003 (age 18).

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On this date in history:

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In 1891, the game of basketball was invented when James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., put peach baskets at the opposite ends of a gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them.

In 1903, the world's first drive-in gasoline station opened for business in Pittsburgh.

In 1943, ending a "Big Three" meeting in Tehran, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian Premier Josef Stalin pledged a concerted effort to defeat Nazi Germany.

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In 1950, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a cable to United Press, said that his U.N. forces were fighting in Korea against "military odds without precedent in history," and warned that failure to meet the issue there will leave it to "be fought, and possibly lost, on the battlefields of Europe."

In 1953, the first Playboy magazine was published. Marilyn Monroe was on the cover. The magazine temporarily ended the practice of including nudity in its pages in 2016, but reintroduced it one year later.

In 1955, Rosa Parks, a Black woman, was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus, signaling, along with its resulting bus boycott and related events, the birth of the modern civil rights movement.

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In 1959, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a treaty banning military activity on Antarctica, reserving the continent for scientific research.

In 1990, workers broke through in the tunnel under the English Channel for the first time. The Chunnel connecting Britain and France opened four years later.

In 2005, same-sex marriage became legal in South Africa when the country's Constitutional Court ruled that laws banning it were unconstitutional.

In 2011, Iceland became the first Western European country to recognize a Palestinian sovereign state.

In 2016, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed King Maha X of Thailand, the country's first new monarch in seven decades.

In 2017, Michael Flynn, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's alleged election meddling.

In 2020, Juno and Umbrella Academy actor Elliot Page announces he is a transgender man.


A thought for the day: "The older I get the better I used to be." -- American golfer Lee Trevino

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