Historical Events on 4th December

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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
5th US President James Monroe5th US President James Monroe 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 closes in San Francisco
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
Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford 1920 - 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
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
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington 1927 - Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP
1928 - Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
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)
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1942 - FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration
1942 - US bombers struck Italian mainland for 1st time in WW II
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
1958 - Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd PattersonBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson 1961 - Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1961 - Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days
1961 - Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
1961 - Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
1961 - WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1961 - The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 - Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)
1963 - Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
Italian Prime Minister Aldo MoroItalian Prime Minister Aldo Moro 1964 - Baseball approves a free-agent draft
1964 - Beatles release "Beatles For Sale" album
1964 - Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
1964 - Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
1965 - "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 perfs
1965 - 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Conn, 4 die
1965 - 2nd NY Knick game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
1965 - Gemini 7 (Borman & Lovell) launched
1965 - SF Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
1966 - KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational
1968 - Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march
1970 - Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%
1971 - The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
1971 - The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
1971 - McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'
1973 - Pioneer 10 reaches Jupiter
1974 - Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Moslem pilgrims
Writer Jean-Paul SartreWriter Jean-Paul Sartre 1974 - Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison
1975 - 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
1977 - Hollis Stacy/Jerry Pate wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Championship
1977 - Jean-Bedel Bokassa crowns himself ruler of Central African Empire
1977 - NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
1977 - Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC
1977 - 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
1978 - Dianne Feinstein is named SF 1st female mayor
1978 - Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed
Playwright and screenwriter Neil SimonPlaywright and screenwriter Neil Simon 1978 - Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
1979 - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
1980 - 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up
1980 - Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
1981 - "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV
1981 - Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence
1981 - According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
1982 - 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
1982 - China adopts its constitution
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1982 - Police & racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
1983 - "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
1983 - "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances
1983 - David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC
1983 - NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
1983 - US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
1984 - Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.
1984 - 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO
1985 - "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
1985 - French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski
1985 - President Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser
1986 - NASA launches Fltsatcom-7
1986 - Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC
1987 - Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)
1988 - Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
1988 - Amy Benz/John Huston wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
MLB First Baseman Eddie MurrayMLB First Baseman Eddie Murray 1988 - Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1990 - Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC
1990 - Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
1991 - Judds final concert (Nashville)
1991 - Muslim Shites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6½ years)
1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations
1991 - Patricia Bowman testifies that William Kennedy Smith raped her
1992 - Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush 1993 - Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)
1993 - Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)
1993 - A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
1994 - "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 perfs
1994 - "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 perfs
1994 - 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
1994 - Marta Figueras-Dottie/Brad Bryant wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1995 - Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
Singer-Songwriter Alanis MorissetteSinger-Songwriter Alanis Morissette 1996 - 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win
1996 - NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral
1996 - Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
1997 - "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
1997 - NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach
1998 - The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
2005 - Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
2005 - 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
2006 - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
2011 - 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
2012 - 29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria
2012 - Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people
2013 - Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister

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