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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

On Dec. 1, 2017, Michael Flynn, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

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Michael Flynn, former White House national security adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI regarding possible collusion between Russia and the Trump election team. File Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
Michael Flynn, former White House national security adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI regarding possible collusion between Russia and the Trump election team. File Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

This is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2022 with 30 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, 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 83); comedian Richard Pryor in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Densmore in 1944 (age 78); singer/actor Bette Midler in 1945 (age 77); actor Treat Williams in 1951 (age 71); actor Deep Roy in 1957 (age 65); model Carol Alt in 1960 (age 62); actor Golden Brooks in 1970 (age 52); comedian Sarah Silverman in 1970 (age 52); Matthew Shepard, University of Wyoming student killed because he was gay, in 1976; actor Dean O'Gorman in 1976 (age 46); actor Riz Ahmed in 1982 (age 40); rapper Yolandi Visser in 1984 (age 38); actor Charles Michael Davis in 1984 (age 38); singer/actor Janelle Monae in 1985 (age 37); rock singer Tyler Joseph in 1988 (age 34); actor Zoe Kravitz in 1988 (age 34); TV personality/animal conservationist Robert Irwin in 2003 (age 19).

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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. President Donald Trump pardoned him in November 2020.

In 2021, rising inflation related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Tel Aviv, Israel, to the top of the list of the most expensive cities to live in in the world.

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A thought for the day: "Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." -- American author James Baldwin

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