December 4 Events

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December 4th, 2006 (December 04 2006)EventAn adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
December 4th, 2005 (December 04 2005)EventTens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
December 4th, 1998 (December 04 1998)EventThe Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
December 4th, 1993 (December 04 1993)EventA truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
December 4th, 1992 (December 04 1992)EventSomali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.George H. W. Bush Quotes
December 4th, 1991 (December 04 1991)EventJournalist Terry A. Anderson is released after 7 years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut. He was the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.
December 4th, 1991 (December 04 1991)EventCaptain Mark Pyle pilots Clipper Goodwill, a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.
December 4th, 1984 (December 04 1984)EventHezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.
December 4th, 1982 (December 04 1982)EventThe People s Republic of China adopts its current constitution.
December 4th, 1981 (December 04 1981)EventSouth Africa grants independence to the Ciskei "homeland" (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
December 4th, 1979 (December 04 1979)EventThe Hastie fire in Hull, kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.Bruce Lee Quotes
December 4th, 1978 (December 04 1978)EventFollowing the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco, California s first female mayor (she served until January 8, 1988).
December 4th, 1977 (December 04 1977)EventJean-Bedel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire. Bede Quotes
December 4th, 1977 (December 04 1977)EventMalaysia Airlines Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
December 4th, 1971 (December 04 1971)EventThe UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
December 4th, 1971 (December 04 1971)EventThe Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
December 4th, 1971 (December 04 1971)EventThe Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water".Frank Zappa Quotes
December 4th, 1969 (December 04 1969)EventBlack Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
December 4th, 1967 (December 04 1967)EventVietnam War: US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.
December 4th, 1958 (December 04 1958)EventDahomey (present-day Benin) becomes a self-governing country within the French Community.
December 4th, 1954 (December 04 1954)EventThe first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
December 4th, 1952 (December 04 1952)EventGreat Smog of 1952: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.
December 4th, 1951 (December 04 1951)EventMir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government.
December 4th, 1945 (December 04 1945)EventBy a vote of 65 to 7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations (the UN was established on October 24, 1945).
December 4th, 1943 (December 04 1943)EventWorld War II: In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.
December 4th, 1943 (December 04 1943)EventU.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.
December 4th, 1942 (December 04 1942)EventHolocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Zegota organization.
December 4th, 1942 (December 04 1942)EventCarlson s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.
December 4th, 1921 (December 04 1921)EventThe Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
December 4th, 1918 (December 04 1918)EventU.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
December 4th, 1906 (December 04 1906)EventAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity in the United States established for men of African descent, is founded at Cornell University.
December 4th, 1881 (December 04 1881)EventThe first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
December 4th, 1875 (December 04 1875)EventNotorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then Spain.
December 4th, 1872 (December 04 1872)EventThe crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia (the ship was abandoned for 9 days but was only slightly damaged).
December 4th, 1867 (December 04 1867)EventFormer Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
December 4th, 1864 (December 04 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Sherman s March to the SeaAt Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman s campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, Georgia. Union forces did suffer more than three times the Confederate casualties, however.William March Quotes
December 4th, 1829 (December 04 1829)EventIn the face of fierce opposition, British governor Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that all who abetted suttee in India were guilty of culpable homicide.
December 4th, 1791 (December 04 1791)EventThe first issue of The Observer, the world s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
December 4th, 1783 (December 04 1783)EventAt Fraunces Tavern in New York City, US General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell.George Washington Quotes
December 4th, 1676 (December 04 1676)EventBattle 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.
December 4th, 1674 (December 04 1674)EventFather Jacques Marquette founds a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek (the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois).
December 4th, 1619 (December 04 1619)Event38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God (this is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving in the Americas).
December 4th, 1563 (December 04 1563)EventThe final session of the Council of Trent is held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
December 4th, 1259 (December 04 1259)EventKings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels. Louis IX of France Quotes
December 4th, 1110 (December 04 1110)EventFirst Crusade: The Crusaders conquer Sidon.
December 4th, 0771 (December 04 0771)EventAustrasian King Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne King of the now complete Frankish Kingdom. Charlemagne Quotes

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