December 4 Events in History - December 4 Birthdays - December 4 Deaths
2014 Protests erupt in New York and other U.S. cities after a grand jury does not indict a white police officer for choking to death an unarmed man, Eric Garner; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to retrain the police force in conflict resolution
2014 Texas and 16 other U.S. states are suing the Obama administration regarding an executive order that will postpone deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants; the states claim the order is illegal
2013 Yaya is a new island discovered in the Arctic Ocean's Laptev Sea
2013 Six banks are fined $2.3 billion after the European Commission determines they rigged interest rates
2012 All members of the Commonwealth of Nations, who have the British Monarch as their head of state, agree to the Succession of the Crown Bill, enabling a female child, for the first time, to become monarch
2012 In Egypt, one hundred thousand people gather around the Presidential palace to protest proposed constitutional changes by Mohamed Morsi, the President of Egypt
2011 In Koblenz, Germany, 45,000 citizens wait to return home after bomb squads diffuse World War II bombs that were hidden under the Rhine River for nearly 65 years
2011 Tiger Woods wins the Chevron World Challenge, the first tournament he has won in over two years
2010 Political pressure and cyber-attacks directed against WikiLeaks are condemned by Reporters Without Borders
2010 While world leaders back Africa's Alassane Ouattara as the Ivory Coast presidential election winner, a swearing-in ceremony is held for Laurent Gbagbo in Cote D'Ivoire
2009 20 people are killed in a fire at a nightclub in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, Indonesia
1997 "Diary of Anne Frank," opens at Music Box Theater New York City
1997 NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach
1996 7th Billboard Music Awards
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
1995 Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
1994 "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr New York City after 216 performances
1994 "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances
1994 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
1994 Marta Figueras-Dottie/Brad Bryant wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1993 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)
1993 Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)
1991 Judds final concert (Nashville)
1991 Muslim Shites release last U.S. hostage Terry Anderson (held 6 years)
1991 Pan American World Airways ceased operations
1990 Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in New York City
1990 Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
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 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1987 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)
1986 NASA launches Fltsatcom-7
1986 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound," premieres in New York City
1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
1985 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski
1985 President Reagan appoints Vice Admiral John Poindexter as security adviser
1984 Hijackers commandeered a Kuwaiti airliner
1983 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater New York City after 83 performances
1983 "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 241 performances
1983 David Shire and R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby," premieres in New York City
1983 New Jersey Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
1983 U.S. jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
1982 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
1982 China adopts its constitution
1982 Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
1981 "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV
1981 President Reagan allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence
1981 Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333)
1981 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
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)
1979 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
1979 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)
1978 Dianne Feinstein is named San Francisco 1st female mayor
1978 Dutch War criminal Pieter Menten freed
1978 Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
1978 War criminal Pieter Menten freed
1977 Hollis Stacy/Jerry Pate wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Championship
1977 Jean-Bedel Bokassa, ruler of Central African Empire, crowns himself
1977 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats Kansas City 27-7
1977 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two," premieres in New York City
1976 Liz Taylor's 7th marriage to John Warner
1975 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
1974 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Moslem pilgrims
1974 Jean-Paul Sartre visits RAF leader Andreas Baader in prison
1973 Pioneer 10 reaches Jupiter
1970 Unemployment in U.S. increases to 5.8 percent
1966 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational
1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert New York City after 232 performances
1965 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Conn, 4 die
1965 2nd New York Knick game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
1965 Gemini 7 (Borman and Lovell) launched
1965 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
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, vs. Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
1963 Aldo Moro forms Italian government
1963 Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
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 New York Knick, 49th St. MSG crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
1961 Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
1961 WXGeorgia TV channel 8 in Waycross, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
1958 Finnish government of Fagerholm, resigns
1957 1st edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
1957 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St. John's England)
1956 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (quarterback)
1954 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 4 performances
1954 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 64 performances
1952 Killer fogs begin in London England, "Smog" becomes a word
1952 Walter P Reuther chosen chairman of CIO
1951 Copland/Robbins' "Pied Piper," premieres in New York City
1951 Superheated gases roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500
1949 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
1948 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 48 performances
1948 SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River China, sinks killing 2,750 die
1947 U.S.S.R. joins International Amateur Athletic Union
1945 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
1945 Senate approves U.S. participation in UN
1944 Germans destroy Rhine dikes, Betuwe flooded
1943 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish President Inonu
1943 Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr. Ribar
1942 1st U.S. citizenship granted an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey)
1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration
1942 U.S. bombers struck Italian mainland for 1st time in WW II
1942 Works Progress Administration liquidated
1941 Nazi ordinances places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
1935 1,200 at St. Joseph's College (Philadelphia) enroll in anticommunism class
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration
1933 Jack Kirkland's "Tobacco Road," premieres in New York City
1931 "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
1930 French government of Tardieu falls
1930 Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control
1928 Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee," premieres in New York City
1927 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1927 Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem
1927 Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP
1926 14th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats University of Toronto, 10-7
1923 Cecil B DeMille's 1st version of "Ten Commandments" premieres
1923 WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)
1922 Lucille Atcherson, becomes 1st woman Legation Secretary-U.S. foreign service
1920 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds
1920 8th CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
1918 President Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside U.S. while in office
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 opens
1914 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court
1909 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
1908 Haiti's president-General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
1906 Alpha Phi Alpha, 1st Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
1905 British government of Balfour resigns
1901 Anne Russell's "Girl and the judge," premieres in New York City
1899 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes
1899 Webb Hayes son of President Rutherford Hayes receives medal of honor
1890 Willem III, Dutch king, buried
1889 Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean
1875 William Marcy "Boss" Tweed, New York City - Tammany Hall, escapes from jail
1867 Grange organized to protect farm interests
1864 Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek) GA
1864 Romanian Jews are forbidden to practice law
1863 Storm flood ravages Netherlands coastal provinces
1851 President Louis Napolean Boaparte forces crush a coup d'etat in France
1844 James K Polk elected 11th president of US
1843 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented, Mass
1843 Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri," premieres in Leipzig
1836 Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
1833 American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia
1832 French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp
1829 Britain abolished "suttee" in India, widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
1816 James Monroe (VA), elected 5th president, defeating Federalist Rufus King
1812 Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania patents a horse-drawn mower
1798 Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt
1791 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in world, 1st published
1783 General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, New York City
1745 Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby
1691 Emperor Leopold I takes control of Transsylvania
1691 Spanish king Carlos II names Maximilian II viceroy of S Netherlands
1688 General strategist John Churchill joins with Willem III
1682 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)
1680 Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th
1674 Father Marquette builds 1st dwelling in what is now Chicago
1665 Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand," premieres in Paris
1655 Middelburg Netherlands forbids building of synagogue
1644 1st European peace congress opens in Munster
1619 America's 1st Thanksgiving Day (Va)
1563 Council of Trent holds last session, after 18 years
1534 Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad
1489 Battle of Baza-Spanish army captures Baza from Moors
1259 Treaty of Paris: English king Henry III and French king Louis IX
1197 Crusaders wound Rabbi Elezar ben Judah
1110 Syria harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders