On This Day

Historical Events on December 4 (Part 2)

  • 2013 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: 4 consecutive titles for Europe after an 11-2 thrashing of US; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)
  • 2014 The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began
  • 2014 Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9
  • 2014 US authorities promise a "fair" investigation into the death of African American Eric Garner, after a white New York City police officer held him in a choke-hold faces no charges
  • 2014 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Blackpool, England: Team Europe beats US, 11-5 for 5th straight title; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)

Music History

2014 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

  • 2015 Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded
  • 2016 Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled

Historic Event

2016 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office

  • 2016 Tens of thousands march throughout Brazil against a vote to undermine anti-corruption investigations
  • 2016 Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar

Historic Event

2017 US Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries

  • 2017 US President Donald Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%)
  • 2017 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • 2017 New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start
  • 2017 Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California
  • 2018 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena

Historic Event

2018 Theresa May's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit

Historic Event

2018 French President Emmanuel Macron drops controversial rise in fuel tax after three weeks of mass protests

  • 2018 Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo
  • 2018 Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone
  • 2018 First successful birth resulting from uterus transplant from a deceased donor in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2018 French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies
  • 2018 Native Americans had just one migration from Siberia to the New World, at most 23,000 years ago, in research published in "Nature" and "Science"
  • 2019 58 migrants drown after a boat sinks off the coast of Mauritania, with 83 saved
  • 2019 North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal "Ecology Letters"
  • 2020 New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson smashes 251 to set up the home side's innings & 134 run win over the West Indies in the 1st Test in Hamilton
  • 2020 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Coventry, England: Europe ends US 2-year run with emphatic 11-3 win; MVP: Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
  • 2021 New Zealand cricket spin bowler Ajaz Patel (10-119) joins Jim Laker and Anil Kumble as the only three men to take all ten wickets in a Test innings, on Day 2 of the 2nd Test against India in Mumbai
  • 2021 Mt Semeru erupts on Java island, Indonesia, killing at least 14 and injuring 56