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This Day in History for December 1

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1868 – John D. Rockefeller begins an oil war.

1878 – 1st White House telephone installed.

1913 – 1st drive-up gasoline station opens in Pittsburgh.

1913 – Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford.

1921 – 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes its 1st flight.

1929 – Game of Bingo invented by American toy salesman Edwin S. Love.

1936 – Bell labs tests coaxial cable for TV use.

1942 – Gasoline rationed in US.

1949 – MLB announces attendance for the season is 20.2 million, down from 20-9 in 1948; New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians each finish with over 2.2 million, but the St. Louis Browns fall to 270,000.

1953 – Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine’s 1st centerfold.

1963 – Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR’s premier level.

1969 – US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II.

1976 – Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as “rotten punks”

1981 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Oscar Robertson (26,710) to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain; scores 14 points in 117-86 Lakers’ win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles.

1988 – NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games.

1994 – Jim Bakker, American televangelist and convicted fraud is released from jail.

1998 – Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, creating Exxon-Mobil, the world’s largest company.

2008 – The US economy has been in recession since December  2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research announces today.

2015 – In the largest deal ever for a MLB pitcher, Boston Red Sox land one of the biggest catches of the off-season, signing free agent David Price for 7 years and $217 million.

2017 – President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI.

2019 – Earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China.