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December 4 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 4. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 54 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 771
    Austrasian king Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.
  • 1110
    The Kingdom of Jerusalem captures Sidon.
  • 1259
    Kings 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.
  • 1563
    The final session of the Council of Trent is held. (It had opened on December 13, 1545.)
  • 1619
    Thirty-eight colonists arrive at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group’s charter proclaims that the day “be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”
  • 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.)
  • 1676
    Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stuart’s army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the Second Jacobite Rising.
  • 1783
    At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.
  • 1786
    Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).
  • 1791
    The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
  • 1829
    In the face of fierce local opposition, British Governor-General Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that anyone who abets suttee in Bengal is guilty of culpable homicide.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea – At 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.
  • 1867
    Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
  • 1872
    The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged.
  • 1875
    Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison. He will later be recaptured in Spain.
  • 1881
    The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
  • 1893
    First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Company soldiers is ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.
  • 1909
    In Canadian football, the First Grey Cup game is played. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26–6.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    U.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.
  • 1921
    The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • 1937
    The first issue of the children’s comic The Dandy is published.
  • 1939
    World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by GS U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
  • 1942
    World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.
  • 1943
    World War II: In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 1954
    The first Burger King is opened in Miami.
  • 1956
    The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

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