1st December

Born on this day 1st December
1761 Madame Marie Tussaud
1895 Henry Williamson
1913 Mary Martin
1928 Keith Michell
1935 Woody Allen
1939 Lee Trevino
1940 Richard Pryor
1945 Bette Midler
1946 Gilbert O’Sullivan
1948 Neil Warnock
1952 Stephen Poliakoff
1959 Billy Childish
1961 Jeremy Northam
1968 Justin Chadwick
1971 Emily Mortimer
1977 Lee McKenzie
1982 Riz Ahmed
1982 Lloyd Doyley
1987 Simon Dawkins
1987 Brett Williams
1994 Seedy Njie
1995 James Wilson


1957 Both Sam Cook and Buddy Holly and The Crickets made their US television debuts on the Ed Sullivan show.

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s single ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was released in the UK.

1976 The Sex Pistols appeared on the ‘Today’ programme and were encouraged to say ‘something outrageous’. As a result Thames television’s switchboard was jammed with complaints and Bill Grundy was suspended.

1982 Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album was released in the US.


1991 Snooker player John Parrott became only the third player, after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to hold the world and United Kingdom snooker titles simultaneously after a 16-13 victory over Jimmy White in the final of the UK Open at Preston.

1994 The Yeovil and District skittles league suspended a player after he poured gravy over an opponent during a post-match dinner.

People & Showbiz

1939 ‘Gone With The Wind’, starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Olivia De Havilland, received its world premiere in New York.

1953 Hugh Heffner’s ‘Playboy’ magazine was published for the first time, with Marilyn Monroe as its first centre-spread nude.

General Events

1655 Diarist Samuel Pepys married Elizabeth St. Michel at St. Margaret’s Westminster.

1899 The British Army made the first recorded use of radio equipment in battle during the South African War.

1919 Viscountess Astor, Member of Parliament for the Sutton division of Plymouth, became the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons.

1928 Britain’s first pop-up toaster went on sale for 3 guineas.

1967 Tony O’Connor became the first black headmaster in Britain, in Worcestershire

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