Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2016. There are 30 days left in the year.

Highlights in History

In 1941, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note.


In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, in which he called for the abolition of slavery, and went on to say, “Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this Adminis-tration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.”

In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus.

In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.

In 1989, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

Today’s Birthdays

Ex-CIA director Stansfield Turner is 93. Actor-director Woody Allen is 81. World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Tre-vino is 77. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 71. Actor Treat Williams is 65. Actress Charlene Tilton is 58. Comedian Sarah Silverman is 46. R&B singer Janelle Monae is 31. Pop-rock-rap singer Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots) is 28.