Let’s take a trip back in time! Here are some notable December 1st happenings you might remember:
65 years ago – In 1955, the late Rosa Parks broke the law by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested, causing a yearlong bus boycott by African-Americans and setting off the Civil Rights Movement.
47 years ago – In 1973, The Carpenters hit #1 with “Top of the World”.
44 years ago – In 1976, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols used profanity live on BBC-TV. .
31 years ago – In 1989, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was released.
26 years ago – In 1994, while recovering from East Coast-inflicted gunshot wounds suffered the day before,Tupac Shakur was convicted on charges of sexually abusing a fan in his hotel room.
Eight years ago – In 2012, KC Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins after an argument at their home, then drove to the team’s practice facility, thanked the GM and the coach, and SHOT HIMSELF in front of them.
Six years ago – In 2014, AMC issued an apology for screwing up on social media. They’d posted a major spoiler to Facebook the night before after the “Walking Dead” midseason finale, and revealed the death of a main character. Fans who hadn’t seen the episode yet were FURIOUS because it showed a picture of Daryl carrying a body, with the caption “RIP Beth.”
GilbertO’Sullivanis 74. Biggest smashes: “Alone Again (Naturally)” . . . “Clair” . . . and “Get Down“.
Bette Midleris 75.
John Densmoreis 76. Doors drummer. The band’s biggest hits include their classics “Break on Through (To the Other Side)“, “Light My Fire“, “People Are Strange“, “Love Me Two Times“, “The Unknown Soldier“, “Hello, I Love You“, “Touch Me“, “Love Her Madly“ and “Riders on the Storm“.
Eric Bloomis 76. Blue Oyster Cult’s lead singer. Biggest hit: The classic “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper“. “I gotta have More Cowbell!”
Lee Trevinois 81. He played himself in “Happy Gilmore”. He’s the golfer who’d pop up and shake his head disapprovingly at Adam Sandler.
Woody Allenis 85. He gifted us with such wisdom as . . . “You can live to be 100 if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be 100.”
Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005)
And finally, today is Giving Tuesday
There are 24 days until Christmas, 30 ’til New Year’s Eve.