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This Day in History: December 1

1918 U.S. and British troops begin occupying Germany following the end of World War I.
1933 In Germany, a law is enacted by which the Nazi party is "indissolubly joined to the state."
1943 The U.S. government releases a joint communiqué signed by U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, in which they declare the determination of their governments to prosecute the war until Japan surrenders unconditionally.
Gasoline rationing begins in the United States.
1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL. She is arrested, triggering boycotts against racial segregation.
1957 After years of political turmoil in Colombia, a plebiscite approves the plan of the Liberal and Conservative parties to share all government offices equally for 12 years.
1959 Twelve nations sign a treaty to make Antarctica a scientific preserve free of military activity.
1997 Representatives of more than 150 nations begin meeting in Kyoto, Japan, to consider a treaty limiting the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
2000 Vicente Fox Quesada, a conservative reformer, is inaugurated as president in Mexico, ending more than seven decades of rule by the PRI party.


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