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Dec. 1 in Merced history: Cressey Girl opens on Broadway

December 1, 1958: The excitement of opening night on Broadway will be shared by people of Cressey and Livingston tonight, when hometown girl, Pat Suzuki, will play her first starring role. Pat, known as "the little girl with the big voice," will share the spotlight with Myoshi Umeki in "the Flower Drum Song".

Pat,24 years old and 4 feet 11 inches tall, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chiyosaku Suzuki of Cressey. The proud parents are in New York for the opening, as are Pat's two sisters. The musical recently completed a four and a half week trial run in Boston and the reviewers were so favorable that the show in New York is sold out all the way into next summer.

December 1, 1983


The master planning process is under way to develop a comprehensive land use plan for national wildlife refuges on Merced County's Westside. Gary Zahm, manager of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the wildlife resources of the three refuges are diverse. "The master planning process will result in a comprehensive land use plan that will set forth objectives and strategies for the management and public use of each refuge,"Zahm said.

December 1, 1998


After almost spring-like temperatures earlier in the day, a cold front finally stormed through the Central Valley Monday, bearing rain and swirlingwinds that made the afternoon commute hazardous.

No major power outages were reported in the Merced area Monday, despite 39 mph winds. The winter storm lagged off the coast, keeping temperatures hovering around 70 degrees in Merced. Southeast winds buffeted the area all weekend before the cold front finally moved in and chilled things down.


On Dec. 1, 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 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 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.