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