December 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 1, 1918, The Kingdom of Iceland was first established?

December 1st is officially Eat A Red Apple Day as well as Day Without Art.

We’ve made it to the last month of the year. December 1st means only one thing… the countdown to Christmas has officially began!

December 1 was an incredibly eventful day in history! Here you’ll the most interesting facts & events that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1918, The Kingdom of Iceland was first established? The Kingdom lasted 26 years before the country became a republic.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 1st in history!

What Events Happened On December 1 In History?

2020 Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Telescope collapsed less than a month after being decommissioned.

2018 The computer-animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” premiered in Los Angeles.

OTD in 2018: The computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premiered in Los Angeles.

It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2019.

2018 The Japanese broadcaster NHK launched the world’s first super-high definition 8K television channel.

2003 The final film in the Lord of the Rings series “The Return of the King,” directed by Peter Jackson, premiered in Wellington, New Zealand.

1999 Jay-Z stabbed Lance Rivera.

At another artist's album release party, Jay-Z accused Lance Rivera of bootlegging his album before it was released and stabbed him. Jay-Z pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation.

1988 The first-ever World AIDS day started in effort to raise awareness of the AIDS global epidemic.


1984 NASA intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 aircraft to test new safety technology.

Known colloquially as the Crash in the Desert, the experiment was a joint project between NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration. It took more than four years to prepare for the test, which was conducted via remote control systems. It was determined that only a quarter of the passengers would have survived the crash. It took more than an hour to extinguish the enormous blaze.

1960 Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested.

While in Hamburg, Germany, a misunderstood incident of Paul and Pete using fire as a light source resulted in them being arrested and deported for an accusation of attempted arson. They were given 5 minutes to pack their belongings, and Pete Best had to leave his drums behind.

1955 Rosa Parks was arrested.

OTD in 1955: Rosa Parks was arrested.

When she refused to move to the back of the bus and give her seat to a white passenger, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.

1941 Japanese Emperor Hirohito approved plans set forward by his advisors to go to war against the United States of America.

Emperor Hirohito later reflected that he personally didn't wish to go to war with the West. When he was a young man, he had visited Great Britain and came away thinking that cooperation with the West would be beneficial for Japan. Hirohito approved the war plans anyway, as he believed he would have been assassinated if he hadn't.

1919 Lady Nancy Astor was sworn in, making her the first female member of British Parliament.

1918 The Kingdom of Iceland was first established.

OTD in 1918: The Kingdom of Iceland was first established.

1903 The Great Train Robbery, the first-ever Western film, was released.

1865 Shaw University, the first historically Black university in the southern United States, was founded.

A historically Black university is a university founded before the Civil Rights movement of 1964 specifically for African-American students. Shaw University was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina, a former Confederate State.

1834 Slavery in Cape Colony, Britain’s colony in South Africa, was abolished by the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act.

1822 Peter I was crowned Emperor of Brazil.

Famous Quotes Said On December 1

Below you’ll find the most popular quotes people have said on December 1st throughout history.


“A joke is a temporary rebellion against virtue, and its aim is not to degrade the human being but to remind him that is already degraded.”

– George Orwell

Famous People Born On December 1

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Nestor Carbonell. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1988 Tyler Joseph

American Singer

Tyler Joseph
34 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

2003 Robert Clarence Irwin

Australian TV Personality

Robert Clarence Irwin
19 years old
Born In:
Queensland, Australia

1988 Zoë Kravitz

American Actress

Zoë Kravitz
34 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1987 Vance Joy

Australian Singer

Vance Joy
35 years old
Born In:
Victoria, Australia

1945 Bette Midler

American Singer

Bette Midler
77 years old
Born In:
Hawaii, USA

1967 Nestor Carbonell

American Actor

Nestor Carbonell
55 years old
Born In:
New York, USA
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Special Holidays On December 1

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

December 1: National Eat A Red Apple Day

National Eat A Red Apple Day

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so why not make that apple you eat today a red one? Red apples are one of the tastiest and crunchiest apples, after all. So eat a red apple today as a toffee apple, in an apple pie, all by itself, or however else you like your apples!

December 1: Day Without Art

Day Without Art

Coinciding with World AIDS Day, Day Without Art started back in 1988 as a day to not just mourn those we’ve lost to this horrible disease but to do what we can to raise awareness of it. Do your part by finding ways to raise awareness to help prevent the spread of AIDS.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The VLC media player uses a traffic cone for its icon because the students who created it drunkenly started a traffic cone collection.

December 1 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on December 1st share the Sagittarius star sign.

Sagittarius is represented by the archer and is the ninth sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between November 22 and December 21 falls into this astrological sign.

All those who are born in December share the Blue Topaz birthstone. The blue topaz promotes harmony, serenity, tranquility and helps the wearer to overcome pain and hurt.

For those of you who were born on December 1st, you were likely conceived the same year on March 10th.

A baby that is conceived on December 1, 2023, will likely be due around August 24, 2024.

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