spotlight Today In History, Dec. 1: Michael Flynn Dec 1, 2018 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, Dec. 1.Today's Highlight in History: 2017: Michael Flynn One year ago: Retired general Michael Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump's behalf; he said members of the president's inner circle had, at times, directed his contacts. (Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2018.) AP 1824: John Quincy Adams In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.) AP 1941: Emperor Hirohito In 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note. AP 1942: Gasoline Rationing In 1942, during World War II, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States; the goal was not so much to save on gas, but to conserve rubber (as in tires) that was desperately needed for the war effort. AP 1952: Christine Jorgensen In 1952, the New York Daily News ran a front-page story on Christine Jorgensen's sex-reassignment surgery with the headline, "Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty". AP 1955: Rosa Parks On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus; the incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. AP 1969: Draft Lottery In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. AP 1989: Gorbachev & Pope John Paul II In 1989, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. AP 1990: Channel Tunnel In 1990, British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel between their countries finally met after knocking out a passage in a service tunnel. AP 1992: Amy Fisher In 1992, a judge in Mineola, New York, sentenced Amy Fisher to 5 to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco (buh-tuh-FYOO'-koh). (Fisher served seven years.) AP 1997: Heath High School In 1997, a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a prayer circle at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, killing three fellow students and wounding five; the shooter is serving a life sentence. AP 2004: Tom Brokaw In 2004, Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as principal anchor of the "N-B-C Nightly News"; he was succeeded by Brian Williams. AP 2008: Barack Obama National Security Team Ten years ago: President-elect Barack Obama announced his national security team, including Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, Eric Holder as attorney general and Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary; Obama also said that Robert Gates would stay on as defense secretary. AP 2013: Edward J. "Babe" Heffron Five years ago: Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, 90, whose World War II service as a member of Easy Company was recounted in the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," died in Stratford, New Jersey. AP 2013: NYC Train Derailment Five years ago: A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed, killing four people and injuring more than 70 (federal regulators later said a sleep-deprived engineer had nodded off at the controls just before taking the 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing the derailment). AP 2017: Rex Tillerson One year ago: The president dismissed as "fake news" reports that he wanted to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Trump replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in March, 2018.) AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. 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