On This Day: What happened on 1 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 1 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1915 | The United States calls on Germany to remove its military and naval allies from the Washington embassy.

1918 | The Kingdom of Iceland established the signing of the Union Act with Denmark. The act recognised Iceland as an independent state under one king and Denmark. The monarchy lasted until 1944 when a national referendum formed the Republic of Iceland.

1955 | Arrest of Rosa Parks African-American activist after refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger.

2000 | Vicente Fox was inaugurated as president of Mexico, ending the rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has been in power since 1929.

2009 | Lisbon Convention comes into force. The Lisbon Treaty, which amended the two treaties the Maastricht Treaty and the Rome Statute. This formed the basis of the European Union ‘constitution signed by 13 countries in 2007.

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1135 | King of England from 1100-1135, Henry I, 67.

1825 | Emperor of Russia from 1801, the first emperor of the Poland Congress from 1815, and the Grand Duke of Finland from 1809-1825, Tsar Alexander I, 48.


1970 | American comedian, actress and singer, Sarah Silverman

1949 | Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar

1896 | Russian general, Georgy Zhukov


1973 | Jack Nicklaus becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke.

1923 |The biggest Gray Cup victory ever at Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Queen’s University holds the title with a 54-0 victory over Regina Rugby Club.


2003 |The third and final film in the Lord of the Rings series The Return of the King premiered in Wellington, New Zealand on this day.


Nearly 2 000 different native languages ​​are spoken in Africa along with global languages. Each language has a different dialect while Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Africa.