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 - First 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 first 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 - First 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, first 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 outlaws "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 Philadelphia
1836 - Whig party holds its first 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
1844 - James Knox Polk elected 11th US President
1851 - Pres Louis Napoleon 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
11th US President James Knox Polk11th US President James Knox Polk 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 US President 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, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
1908 - Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
Politician Boss TweedPolitician Boss Tweed 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
1914 - Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court
1915 - F F Fletcher is first US 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 - US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st President to travel outside US while in office
1920 - 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds
28th US President Woodrow Wilson28th US President Woodrow Wilson 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 first woman legation sect-US foreign service
1923 - Cecil B. DeMille's first 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
1930 - Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control
1931 - "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
1933 - FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 - Jack Kirkland's "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC
1935 - 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Phila) enroll in anticommunism class
1941 - Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
1942 - First US citizenship granted to an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey)
1942 - FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration
1942 - US bombers struck Italian mainland for first 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 United Nations
1947 - USSR joins International 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
1948 - 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
1949 - Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
1949 - Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak
Composer Aaron CoplandComposer Aaron Copland 1951 - Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC
1951 - Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people
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 - First 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
1961 - 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
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
1964 - Baseball approves a free-agent draft
1964 - Beatles release "Beatles For Sale" album
1964 - Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
Italian Prime Minister Aldo MoroItalian Prime Minister Aldo Moro 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 Muslim 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 as San Francisco's 1st female & Jewish mayor
1978 - Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed
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)
Playwright and screenwriter Neil SimonPlaywright and screenwriter Neil Simon 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
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.
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 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
1988 - Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1989 - NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City
MLB First Baseman Eddie MurrayMLB First Baseman Eddie Murray 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
1990 - An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable
1991 - Judds final concert (Nashville)
1991 - Muslim Shi'ites 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.
1993 - Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)
1993 - Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush 1993 - A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
1993 - 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
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
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
1997 - Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan
Singer-Songwriter Alanis MorissetteSinger-Songwriter Alanis Morissette 1998 - The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
1999 - 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
2004 - 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
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)
2005 - U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
2006 - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
2010 - 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
2010 - 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 2010 - 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20
2011 - 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)

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