Today is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2004. There are 30 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

One hundred years ago, on Dec. 1, 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis closed after seven months and some 20 million visitors.

On this date:

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.

In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh.

In 1934, Sergei M. Kirov, a collaborator of Josef Stalin, was assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive purge.

In 1942, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States.

In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their Tehran conference.

In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a yearlong boycott of the buses by blacks.

In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.

In 1965, an airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland.

In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.

Ten years ago: The Senate gave final congressional approval to a world trade agreement, passing the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 76-24. Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker spent his first full day of freedom after time in prison, a halfway house and house arrest for bilking followers of his PTL ministry.

Five years ago: President Clinton addressed a World Trade Organization conference in Seattle, where he defended his administration's policies in the face of sometimes violent street demonstrations. An international team of scientists announced it had mapped virtually an entire human chromosome. On World AIDS Days, United Nations officials released a report estimating that 11 million children worldwide had been orphaned by the pandemic.

One year ago: India and Pakistan agreed to restore airline overflight and landing rights by Jan. 1, 2004. Boeing Company chairman and chief executive Phil Condit resigned unexpectedly. U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow went on trial in Flandreau, S.D., charged with manslaughter in the death of a motorcylist who'd collided with his automobile. (Janklow was convicted and served 100 days in jail.)

Today's Birthdays: Actor Paul Picerni is 82. Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 81. Actor Robert Symonds is 78. Singer Billy Paul is 70. Actor-director Woody Allen is 69. Singer Lou Rawls is 69. Golfer Lee Trevino is 65. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 65. Comedian-actor Richard Pryor is 64. Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 62. Television producer David Salzman is 61. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is 60. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 60. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 59. Singer Gilbert O'Sullivan is 58. Actor Treat Williams is 53. Country singer Kim Richey is 48. Actress Charlene Tilton is 46. Actress-model Carol Alt is 44. Actor Jeremy Northam is 43. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 37. Actress Golden Brooks is 34. Actor Ron Melendez is 32. Singer Sarah Masen is 29. Rock musician Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is 27. Actress Ashley Monique Clark is 16.

Thought for Today: "No man knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent." - Marcelene Cox, American writer.


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