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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 4th

  • Year 771 » Austrasian king Carloman, son of Pippin III e.g Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Francia known as Frankish Kingdom.
  • Year 1110 » The Kingdom of Jerusalem captures Siege of Sidon (1110) e.g Sidon.
  • Year 1259 » Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris (1259) e.g Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to France known as French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis
  • Year 1563 » The final session of the Council of Trent is held. (It had opened on December 13, 1545.)
  • Year 1674 » Father 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 or Chicago, Illinois.)
  • Year 1676 » Battle of Lund: A Denmark Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark Christian V engages the Sweden Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
  • Year 1786 » Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).
  • Year 1829 » In the face of fierce local opposition, United Kingdom British Governor-General of India Governor-General Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that anyone who abets 'suttee' in Presidency of Bengal Bengal is guilty of culpable homicide.
  • Year 1867 » Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry called the Grange).
  • Year 1872 » The crewless United States American ship ship Mary Celeste is found by the United Kingdom British brig 'Dei Gratia'. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged.
  • Year 1875 » Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison. He will later be recaptured in Spain.
  • Year 1881 » The first edition of the 'Los Angeles Times' is published.
  • Year 1893 » First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Company soldiers is Shangani Patrol e.g ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Northern Ndebele people named Matabele warriors on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.
  • Year 1909 » In Canadian football, the 1st Grey Cup known as First Grey Cup game is played. The University of Toronto Toronto Varsity Blues e.g Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26–6.
  • Year 1909 » The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.
  • Year 1918 » President of the United States or U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Palace of Versailles named Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
  • Year 1921 » The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe Arbuckle known as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • Year 1939 » World War II: HMS Nelson 28 6 is struck by a sea mine mine (laid by GS U-31 1936 2) off the Scotland Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: In Kingdom of Yugoslavia named Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.
  • Year 1945 » By a vote of 65 to 7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations. (The UN had been established on October 24, 1945.)
  • Year 1954 » The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.
  • Year 1956 » The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studios for the first and last time.
  • Year 1967 » Vietnam War: United States named U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.
  • Year 1969 » Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark (Black Panther) e.g Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
  • Year 1971 » The 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".
  • Year 1971 » The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
  • Year 1971 » The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • Year 1975 » Suriname joins the United Nations.
  • Year 1977 » Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire.
  • Year 1977 » Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
  • Year 1979 » The Hastie fire in Kingston upon Hull e.g Hull kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
  • Year 1980 » English people called English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25.
  • Year 1981 » South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei "homeland" (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
  • Year 1984 » Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers 1984 Mannar massacre known as kill 107-150 civilians in Mannar, Sri Lanka called Mannar.
  • Year 1984 » Hezbollah militants Aircraft hijacking named hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.
  • Year 1991 » Journalist Terry A. Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut. He is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.
  • Year 1991 » Captain Mark Pyle pilots 'Clipper Goodwill', a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport, ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.
  • Year 1992 » Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 United States called U.S. troops to Somalia in Horn of Africa named Northeast Africa.
  • Year 1993 » A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • Year 1998 » The 'Unity Module', the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • Year 2005 » Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong December 2005 protest for democracy in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Hong Kong Government government to allow universal suffrage universal and equal suffrage.
  • Year 2006 » Jena Six called Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana.

World History for the Month of December