What Happened on December 4

Significant Events

  • 1534 Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad
  • 1619 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many 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 "The Ten Commandments" premieres
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Did You Know?

Ship the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean

On December 4, 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

Famous Divorces

  • 2015 Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage
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