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1992Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

1974Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison

1927Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem

1963Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)

1914Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

1951Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC

1915Henry Ford's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas'

1933FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration

1981Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence

1816James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King

1985President Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser

1844James K. Polk elected 11th US President

1943-Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill & Turkish pres Inonu

1988Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

1942FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration

1961Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

19967th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

1961Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

1977Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

1986Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

December 4th Historical Events
Date Event
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
1st 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 1st 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
1st 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, 1st published 
1798
Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt 
1812
Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower 
1816
James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King 
1829
Britain abolishes "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 Phila 
1836
Whig party holds its 1st 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 K. 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 
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 pres 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, 1st Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms 
1908
Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup 
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 1st 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
Pres Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside US while in office 
1920
1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds 
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 1st woman legation sect-US foreign service 
1923
Cecil B DeMille's 1st 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
French government of Tardieu falls 
1930
Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control 
1931
"Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair 
1933
FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration 
1933
Jack Kirkland's "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC 
1935
1,200 at St Joseph's College (Phila) enroll in anticommunism class 
1941
Nazi ordinances places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts 
1942
1st US citizenship granted an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey) 
1942
FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration 
1942
US bombers struck Italian mainland for 1st 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 UN 
1947
USSR joins Intl 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 
1949
Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run 
1951
Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC 
1951
Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500 
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
1st 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 
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 
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 
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 Moslem pilgrims 
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 SF 1st female 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) 
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. 
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 
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 Shites 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) 
1993
A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels. 
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 
1998
The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched. 
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) 
2006
An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo. 
2011
100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1) 
2012
29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria 
2012
Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people 
2013
Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister 
2015
12 dead, five hurt, in Molotov cocktail attack on Egyptian nightclub 
2015
China pledges $60 billion in funding support to Africa 
2016
Iran Demands That Obama Allow US Sanctions to Expire 
2016
Cuba to Prohibit Naming of Monuments, Streets After Fidel 
2016
Castro to be laid to rest next to Cuban independence hero Marti 
2016
Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer plane-crash victims 
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