On This Day

What Happened on December 4

Important Events

  • 1534 Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad
  • 1563 Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years.
  • 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)
  • 1918 US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France
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Dec 4 in Film & TV

  • 1933 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

Dec 4 in Music

Dec 4 in Sport

  • 1943 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes

Did You Know?

Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined

On December 4, 1952

Would You Believe?

Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

On December 4, 1961

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences
  • 2015 Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage

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