On This Day In History, 1 December

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World Events Today

  • Pope John Paul II met with Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican today in 1989, it was the first time a Catholic pope had met with a leader of the Soviet Union
  • The English and French sections of the Channel Tunnel joined up today in 1990
  • The Treaty of Lisbon, the international agreement that forms the basis of the constitution of the European Union, came into force today in 2009

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Davis Cup tennis cup title was awarded to South Africa today in 1974, after the Indian team refused to travel to South Africa in protest of apartheid policies
  • The movie, The Return of the King, the third and last of the Lord of the Rings movies, premiered today in 2003 in Wellington, New Zealand
  • The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and last of the Hobbit movies, premiered today in 2014 in London

Family Events Today

  • Anna Maria Tussaud, the French artist, better known simply as Madame Tussaud, of wax museum fame, was born today in 1761 in Strasbourg
  • The American director, writer, actor, and comedian Allan Stewart Konigsberg, better known as Woody Allen, was born today in 1935 in New York City
  • The Columbian drug lord, the King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar, was born today in 1949 in Rionegro

Main Event Today

  • The first World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the disease, was held today in 1988

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Author’s Day

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