Thursday, December 12, 2019 (Week 50)

December 4 in History

What happened on December 4 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 4 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 4 in history.

1992
US Pres. George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 troops to Somalia during the Somali Civil War.
1991
The last American hostages held in Lebanon are released.
1985
Robert McFarland resigns as National Security Advisor. Admiral John Poindexter is named to succeed.
1981
President Ronald Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.
1959
Peking pardons Pu Yi, ex-emperor of China and of the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo.
1952
The Grumman XS2F-1 makes its first flight.
1950
The University of Tennessee defies court rulings by rejecting five Negro applicants.
1947
Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
1942
U.S. planes make the first raids on Naples, Italy.
1941
Operation Taifun (Typhoon), which was launched by the German armies on October 2, 1941, as a prelude to taking Moscow, is halted because of freezing temperatures and lack of serviceable aircraft.
1918
France cancels trade treaties in order to compete in the postwar economic battles.
1914
The first Seaplane Unit formed by the German Navy officially comes into existence and begins operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
1900
The French National Assembly, successor to the States-General, rejects Nationalist General Mercier’s proposal to plan an invasion of England.
1872
The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.
1863
Seven solid days of bombardment ends at Charleston, S.C. The Union fires some 1,307 rounds.
1862
Winchester, Va., falls into Union hands, resulting in the capture of 145 Southern soldiers.
1861
The U.S. Senate, voting 36 to 0, expels Senator John C. Brekinridge of Kentucky because of his joining the Confederate Army.
1861
Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.

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