Turn the page on a brand-new month. It’s December 1st, the 335th day of the calendar year, with just 30 days remaining until New Year’s Day.
December 1st is a holiday for Advent, red apples, AIDS awareness and more. Bingo players, civil rights activists and others mark December 1st as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular December 1st holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Is it Beano or Bingo? Actually, it’s both.
On December 1, 1929, American game master Edwin Lowe created the first Bingo game, after watching a similar contest taking place at an Atlanta carnival. Lowe created numbered game boards, using an adjustable rubber numbering stamp. He added dried beans as markers. The first Bingo game sold for $1.00.
December 1st celebrates this momentous occasion in gaming history. It’s Bingo Day. Why not attend a local Bingo event, or simply invite friends and family members to play along at home?
Eat a Red Apple Day
Of course, December 1st is also Eat a Red Apple Day. Fresh apple season may have passed in most regions. But folks can still find delicious red apples in produce stores.
December 1st is a fine occasion for biting into a crisp, ripe apple – or using apples in favorite baking recipes.
It’s also National Pie Day in the United States, making apple pie the order of the day. Here are some delicious apple pie recipes from various Associated Content by Yahoo contributors (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “All-American Homemade Apple Pie Recipe,” by Beverly Hobbs; “Best Apple Pie Baking Top Secrets,” by Laura Cone, and “Easy Apple Pie Dessert Recipes,” by S. Maven.
First Day of Advent
December 1stis the first day of Advent for Christians, marking the start of the sacred holiday season, leading up to the birth of Christ, which is celebrated on December 25th (Christmas Day). From traditional masses and worship services to candle lighting events and hymn sings, Christians recognize the Advent Season in many ways.
Here are several suggestions for counting down the days of Advent, from December 1st to Christmas Day (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “How to Make a Christmas Calendar,” “How to Make a Jesse Tree for Christmas (Countdown,)” and “Christmas Symbols 101: The Advent Wreath.”
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for December 1st: Agericus of Verdun, Agnofleta, Alexander Briant, Ananias of Arbela, Ansanus the Baptizer, Antony Bonfadini, Botulph of Ikanhoe, Bruna Pellesi, Candida, Candres of Maestricht, Cassian, Castritian of Milan, Charles de Foucauld, Christian of Perugia, Constantine of Javron and Declan.
Additional December 1st saints include Didorus, Edmund Campion, Eligius, Evasius of Asti, Florentius, Grwst, John Beche, John of Vercelli, John van Ruysbroeck, Leontius of Fréjus, Lucius, Marianus, Martinus, Nahum the Prophet and Natalia of Nicomedia.
Still more December 1st saints are Nicholas Owen, Olympiades, Proculus of Narni, Ralph Ashley, Ralph Sherwin, Richard Langley, Rogatus, Thomas Garnet, Tudwal and Ursicinus of Brescia.
Notable Anniversaries on December 1st:
The United States Civil Air Patrol was founded on December 1, 1941. Fiorello H. LaGuardia, serving as U.S. Director of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9 on this date.
On December 1, 1955, African-American seamstress Rosa Parks refused to cede her seat to a Caucasian male passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest led to a one-year bus boycott by African-Americans and propelled the American civil rights movement into the national consciousness.
Antarctica was established as a military-free scientific preserve zone on December 1, 1959, after a dozen countries (including the U.S.) signed a treaty in Washington, D.C.
Amy Fisher, tagged “The Long Island Lolita,” was sent to prison on December 1, 1992, after being convicted if shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco (Mrs. Joey Buttafuoco). Amy Fisher, who was romantically involved with New York auto body shop owner Joey Buttafuoco at the time, served a seven-year prison term.
Various Other December 1st Holidays
December 1st is also Angolan Pioneer Day, Barbadian Bank Holiday, Becky Thatcher Day (Missouri), Belize Bank Holiday, Bizarre Bazaar Holiday, Central African Republic National Day, Chanukah (varies), Christmas Club Day, Christmas Lights Day, Civil Air Patrol Day, Cookie Cutter Week, Dagur Nememda (Iceland) and Day Without Art.
Additional December 1st holidays include Fairies’ Carnival of Celendonia Day, Festal Celebration of St. Edmund Campion, Festival of Freedom and Democracy (Chad), Festival of Poseidon – Greek God of Sea and Rebirth, Hanukkah (varies), Icelandic Independence Day, International Prisoners for Peace Day, Irish Independence Day, Kalends of December Holiday, Macau Restoration Day, Matilda Newport Day (Liberia) and Mocidade Day (Portugal).
Still more December 1st holidays are National Pie Day, Phony Smile Day, Portuguese Restoration Day, Proclamation of the Republic Day (Central African Republic), Romanian National Day, Rosa Parks Day, Saba Day (Caribbean), Serbian Unity Day, St. Eligius of Noyon Feast Day, Theatre Day, Union of Transylvania with Old Romanian Kingdom Holiday, World AIDS Awareness Day and Youth Day (Portugal).
Happy December 1st to one and all!
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