On This Day for 4th December

Historical Events

  • 1534 Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad
  • 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.
  • 1791 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published
  • 1829 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)
  • 1923 Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "Ten Commandments" premieres

Did You Know?

The ship the Mary Celeste discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean

On December 4th, 1872

Famous Weddings

  • 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