This Day in History for 4th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 191

1110 - Syrian harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders
1154 - Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
1197 - Crusaders wound Rabbi Elezar ben Judah
1259 - Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III & French King Louis IX
1489 - Battle of Baza - Spanish army captures Baza from Moors
1534 - Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad
1563 - Council of Trent holds last session, after 18 years
1619 - 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
1644 - 1st European peace congress opens in Munster
1655 - Middelburg Neth forbids building of synagogue
1665 - Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris
1674 - Father Marquette builds 1st dwelling in what is now Chicago
1676 - Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
1680 - Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th
1682 - 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)
1688 - General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange
1691 - Emperor Leopold I takes control of Transsylvania
1691 - Spanish king Carlos II names Maximilian II viceroy of S Netherlands
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby
1783 - Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
1791 - Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, 1st published
1798 - Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt
1812 - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower
1816 - James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King
1829 - Britain abolished "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
1832 - French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp
1833 - American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Phila
1836 - Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
1843 - Manila paper (made from sails, canvas & rope) patented, Mass
1843 - Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig
11th US President James Knox Polk11th US President James Knox Polk 1844 - James K. Polk elected 11th US President
1851 - Pres Louis Napolean Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France
1863 - Storm flood ravages Netherlands coastal provinces
1864 - Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek) GA
1864 - Romanian Jews are forbidden to practice law
1867 - Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
1872 - The ship the Mary Celeste discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean
1875 - William Marcy "Boss" Tweed (NYC-Tammany Hall) escapes from jail
1881 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
1889 - Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean
1899 - 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes
1899 - Webb Hayes, son of pres Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor
1901 - Anne Russell's 'Girl and the judge' premieres in NYC
1905 - British government of Balfour resigns
1906 - Alpha Phi Alpha, 1st Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
1908 - Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
1908 - The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband
1909 - 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
MLB Pitcher Walter JohnsonMLB Pitcher Walter Johnson 1914 - Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court
1915 - F F Fletcher is 1st admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor
1915 - Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County Ga
1915 - Panama Pacific International Exposition opens
1915 - Henry Ford's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas'
1918 - Pres Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside US while in office
1920 - 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds
1920 - 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford 1921 - The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
1922 - Lucille Atcherson, becomes 1st woman legation sect-US foreign service
1923 - Cecil B DeMille's 1st version of "Ten Commandments" premieres
1923 - WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)
1926 - 14th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats U of Toronto, 10-7
1927 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
1927 - Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem
1927 - Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP
1928 - Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington 1930 - French government of Tardieu falls
1930 - Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control
1931 - "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
1933 - FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration
1933 - Jack Kirkland's "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC
1935 - 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Phila) enroll in anticommunism class
1941 - Nazi ordinances places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
1942 - 1st US citizenship granted an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey)
1942 - FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration
1942 - US bombers struck Italian mainland for 1st time in WW II
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1942 - Works Progress Administration liquidated
1942 - Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.
1943 - -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill & Turkish pres Inonu
1943 - Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
1943 - Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar
1944 - Germans destroy Rhine dikes, Betuwe flooded
1945 - 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
1945 - Senate approves US participation in UN
1947 - USSR joins Intl Amateur Athletic Union
1948 - "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 48 performances
1948 - SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River China, sinks killing 2,750 die
1949 - Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
Composer Aaron CoplandComposer Aaron Copland 1951 - Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC
1951 - Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500
1951 - Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government.
1952 - Killer fogs begin in London England, "Smog" becomes a word
1952 - Walter P Reuther chosen chairman of CIO
1954 - "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 perfs
1954 - "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
1955 - Mgr Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
1956 - 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
1957 - 1st edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
1957 - 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)
1958 - Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 208

1555 - Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet (d. 1625)
1580 - Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (d. 1626)
1584 - John Cotton, Puritan clergyman in Mass Bay colony
1595 - Jean Chapelain, French writer (d. 1674)
1646 - Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France (d. 1730)
1660 - Andre Campra, composer
1667 - Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, composer
1670 - John Aislabie, English politician (d. 1742)
1708 - Marianus Konigsperger, composer
1711 - Barbara of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1758)
1713 - Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (d. 1786)
1720 - Jean-Jacques Robson, composer
1777 - Juliette Récamier, French socialite (d. 1849)
1786 - John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament [or 12/14]
1791 - Johann Gottlob Topfer, composer
Historian and Essayist Thomas CarlyleHistorian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle (1795) 1795 - Thomas Carlyle, Scotland, essayist/historian (French Revolution)
1798 - Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (d. 1881)
1800 - Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician/poet (Ritornellen)
1803 - Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner (Red Z Lane)
1808 - Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horatius)
1812 - Elias Smith Dennis, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died 1894
1818 - William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army)
1822 - Frances Crabbe, England, feminist founded Anti-Vivisection Society
1825 - Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer
1835 - Samuel Butler, England, author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh)
1838 - Melesio Morales, composer
1840 - Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux chief (d. 1877)
1844 - Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)
1852 - Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (d. 1934)
1858 - Billy Gunn, cricketer (Notts & England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99)
1861 - Lillian Russell, [Helen Leonard], US, singer/actress (Great Mogul)
1865 - Edith Louisa Cavell, England, nurse (WW I)
1866 - Vassily V Kandinsky, Russ/Ger/Fr abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration)
1868 - Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter
1868 - Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (d. 1953)
1874 - Jean H L Bossard, actor/impresario (Merchant of Venice)
1875 - Rainer Maria Rilke, Austria, poet (Duino Elegies)
1875 - Joe Corbett, American baseball player (d. 1945)
1876 - Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria, poet (Iron Poems)
1879 - Herbert Hamilton Harty, composer
1881 - Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal (July 20th plot)
1883 - Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author (d. 1969)
1888 - Aleksandar I Karadordjevic, king of Yugoslavia (1921-34)
1889 - Buck Jones, [Charles F Gebhart], US actor (War Horse)
1889 - Isabel Randolph, IL, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Our Miss Brooks)
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco FrancoSpanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco (1892) 1892 - Francisco Franco [ y Bahamonde], Ferrol Galicia, Spanish General and Dictator (1936-75), (d. 1975)
1895 - Nils FA Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag)
1895 - Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher (d. 1990)
1896 - Nikolai S Tichonov, Russian writer (against Pasternak) [NS]
1897 - Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Dock Worker)
1899 - Douwe Hermans Kiestra, [Harm Harmstra], Frisian farmer/writer
1899 - Charles William (Charlie) Spencer Newcastle and England football player (d. 1953)
1903 - Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian
1903 - Cornell Woolrich, US, writer (El Angel Negro)
1905 - Emilio Médici, president Brazil (1969-74)
1907 - Jo Boer, Dutch author (Catharina & the Magnolias)
1908 - A D Hershey, US, biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969)
1909 - Jimmy Jewel, English actor (d. 1995)
1910 - Alex North, Chester Penn, composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata)
1910 - Amar Singh, cricketer (dashing Indian all-rounder of thirties)
1910 - Ramaswamy Venkataraman, president of India (1987-92)
1912 - Alfons "Alphons" Berckmans, Flemish/British actor (Family Stastok)
1912 - Jack Walsh, NSW/Leicestershire cricket china bowler (didn't rep Aust)
1912 - John W Pritchard, [Ian Wallace], US, sci-fi author (Megalomania)
1912 - Pappy Boyington, American pilot (d. 1988)
1914 - Rudolf Hausner, Austrian artist (d. 1995)
1914 - Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (d. 1993)
1915 - Allan Jackson, Hot Springs Ark, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand)
1915 - Fred Freer, cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946)
1916 - Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (d. 1994)
1920 - Michael Bates, Jhansi India, actor (Clockwork Orange, Patton)
1920 - Jeanne Manford, Flushing, Queens, gay rights activist, (d. 2013)
1920 - Nadir Afonso, Chaves, Portugal, geometric abstractionist painter, (d. 2013)
1921 - Deanna Durbin, Winnipeg Manitoba, actress/vocalist (100 Men & a Girl), (d. 2013)
1922 - Gerard Philipe, Cannes France, actor (Caligula, Le Diable au Corps)
1923 - Charles Keating, district attorney (Los Angeles California)
1924 - John Portman, SC, architect (Ivan Allen Award-1964)
1925 - Maurice Binder, NYC, photographer/film titler (James Bond)
1926 - Lee Doraey, rocker
1928 - Russell L Rogers, USAF/astronaut (X-20)
1928 - Dena Dietrich, American actress
1930 - Harvey Kuenn, baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953)
1930 - Paul-Heinz Dittrich, composer
1930 - Roman Semyonovich Ledenyou, composer
1930 - Ronnie Corbett, Edinburgh Scotland, comedian (The 2 Ronnies)
1930 - Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist, (d. 2013)
1931 - Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player
1931 - Wally George, American TV commentator (d. 2003)
1932 - Edgar Valcarcel, composer
1932 - Joanne Battiste, artist (heroines)
1932 - Roh Tae Woo, Taegu South Korea, President South Korea (1988-93)
1933 - Horst Buchholz, Berlin Germany, actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe)
1934 - Victor French, Santa Barbara California, actor (Highway to Heaven)
1934 - Wink Martindale, Jackson Tn, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This)
1935 - Fred Rumsey, England, cricket lefty pace bowler (5 Tests 1964-65)
1935 - Robert Vesco, American financier and fugitive
1936 - Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
1937 - Max Baer Jr, Oakland California, actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies)
1938 - Andre Marrou, Libertarian Presidential candidate (1992)
1938 - Liesbeth Struppert, actress (Miep Gies-Anne Frank)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

Novelist Bram StokerNovelist Bram Stoker (1878) 1878 - Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland
1973 - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke
1976 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)
1979 - Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)
1999 - Philippe, Duke of Brabant and heir apparent to Belgium throne marries the honourable Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz
2005 - 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California
2012 - "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans (21) weds Courtland Rogers (26) at a courthouse in Brunswick County, North Carolina

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 105

765 - Jafar Sadiq, Shia Imam (b. 702)
811 - Charles The Younger, King the of Franks, son of the Emperor Charlemagne, dies at about 39
1075 - Archbishop Anno II of Cologne
1123 - Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
1137 - Lotharius III of Supplinburg, emperor (1125, 33-37), dies at 67
1182 - Henry, earl of Gelre/Zutphen (1141/79-82), dies
1214 - William I of Scotland
1270 - Theobald V of Champagne, King of Navarre
1334 - Pope John XXII (b. 1249)
1340 - Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)
1371 - Reinald III, the Fat Duke, duke of Gelre (1343-61), dies at 38
1371 - Stefanus X Uros V, king of Serbia (1355-71), dies
1459 - Adolf VIII, Duke of Southern Jutland (b. 1401)
1514 - Richard Hunne, English "heretic", commits suicide(?)
1576 - Rheticus, mathematician, dies
1585 - John Willock, Scottish reformer
1603 - Maarten de Vos, Flemish painter, dies at about 71
1609 - Alexander Hume, Scottish poet
1642 - Armand-Jean Duplessis Richelieu, bishop of Lucon, dies at about 57
1649 - Outgert Arisz Akersloot, Dutch silversmith, dies at about 73
1649 - William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)
1676 - Johann Georg Ebeling, composer, dies at 39
Philosopher Thomas HobbesPhilosopher Thomas Hobbes (1679) 1679 - Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (b. 1588)
1680 - Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (b. 1616)
1696 - Empress Meishō, Japan (b. 1624)
1732 - John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
1798 - Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomy/physicist, dies at 61
1807 - Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston
1828 - Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1770)
1836 - Daniel Read, composer, dies at 79
1884 - Alice Mary Smith, composer, dies at 45
1890 - Willem III, Dutch king, buried
1893 - Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major, dies in battle against the Ndebeles during First Matabele War
1893 - John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
1902 - Charles Dow, American journalist (Dow Jones & Company - Wall Street Journal) (b. 1851)
1909 - Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter/graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
1915 - Gustav Hollaender, composer, dies at 60
1926 - Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
1932 - Gustav Meyrink, writer, dies at 64
1933 - Stefan George, German poet (Das neue Reich), dies at 65
1935 - Hylton Philipson, cricketer (England keeper in 5 Tests 1892-95), dies
1935 - Johan Halvorsen, composer, dies at 71
1938 - Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
1943 - Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/antifascist, dies at 46
1944 - Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player (b. 1879)
1945 - Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
1948 - Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
1952 - Karen Horney, German/US neo freudian psycho analyst, dies at 67
1953 - Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
1954 - Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
1956 - Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (b. 1891)
1959 - Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
1967 - Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], US comic (Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
1969 - Alceo Toni, composer, dies at 85
1969 - Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
1971 - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of SF Zen Center, dies
1973 - Michael O'Shea, actor (Smart Woman), dies of heart attack at 67
1974 - Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
Political Theorist Hannah ArendtPolitical Theorist Hannah Arendt (1975) 1975 - Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69
1976 - Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
1976 - Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
1976 - W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
1977 - Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
1978 - Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
1979 - Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
1980 - Stella Walsh-S-Walasiewicz, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1932), shot at 69
1983 - Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
1984 - John Rock, US co-developer of anti-conceptiepil, dies at 94
1985 - Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
1986 - Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
1987 - Rouben Mamoulian, dir (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 90
1988 - Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
1990 - Edward Binns, US actor (12 Angry One), dies of heart attack at 74
1993 - Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar, dies at 68
1993 - Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
1993 - Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist, dies at 42
1993 - Margaret Landon, US author (Anna & the King of Siam), dies at 90
1994 - Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer, dies at 73
1994 - Jakob Kaplan, French head rabbi (1955-81), dies at 99
1994 - Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright, dies at 66
1994 - Robert Jesse Charleston, museum curator, dies at 78
1994 - Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator, dies at 63
1995 - Adrianne Jones, killed by David Graham & Diane Zamora, at 16
1995 - Itzhak Rabin, PM of Israel (1968-73), assassinated
1996 - Basil Nield, judge/politician, dies at 83
1996 - Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker, dies at 86
1997 - David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
1997 - Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
1999 - Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
2003 - Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)
2004 - Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
2005 - Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
2005 - Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
2005 - Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
2006 - James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
2007 - Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
2007 - Chip Reese, American professional poker player (b. 1951)
2007 - Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
2009 - Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
2011 - Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)

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