Today in History

Today in History: Sunday, December 01, 2013

  • RosaParks

AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

RosaParksRosa Parks makes a court appearance on Dec. 5, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., for violating the city’s segregation ordinance. With Parks are E.D. Nixon, former state president of the NAACP, and attorney Fred Gray. (AP Photo)

1824 The House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. (John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay.) 
1862 President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, which was read aloud by the Secretary of the Senate. In it, Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery, saying that “in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,”

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