December 1 - 1944: Hurricane ends third wettest November in history

2001: Farewell to last USO center on Cape Cod

2001: Last USO closes as an era ends here

On this day in 2001, a farewell celebration was held at the last United Service Organization center - better known as the USO - on Cape Cod, at the Bourne Memorial Community Building and Senior Center on Main Street in Buzzards Bay shown on right below.

The USO center opened on Feb. 1, 1942, only two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II, and provided food, drink and diversion to thousands of soldiers from nearby Camp Edwards heading for battle in Europe and Asia.

After the war ended, the building was converted to Teen Town for Bourne youth and eventually the town's senior center. The center was also used for public hearings and, for a small fee, birthday parties and other special events for local residents.

The Dec. 1, 2001 party at the center drew hundreds of former USO volunteers, veterans and local residents, along with municipal and state officials. The building was demolished a few months later to make way for a $4.8 million building on the site, the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center. There are only two USOs left in the Bay State, see here.

1944: Near hurricane ends wettest November ever

11-foot tide was worse in 40 years, Cape Cod bore brunt of storm

On this day in 1944, the New York Times front page blared the following headline above with this story below it:

HIGH WINDS, TIDES LASH THE AREA;
Third Wettest November Bows Out With Gusts Hitting 57 Miles and Snow Flurries
COLD SPELL IS DUE TODAY
Commuters Delayed as Tracks, Ferry Slips and Roads Are Flooded -- Planes Grounded

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" like in 1641 Massachussetts became the first colony to give statutory recognition to slavery.


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