Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 4, 2001
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor and 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia dies in office.
U.S. military forces land in Somalia.
Tuesday, December 4, 1990
, trade talks break fail because of a dispute between the U.S. and the European Union
over farm export subsidies.
President Hossain Mohammad Ershad of Bangladesh is forced to resign following massive protests.
Lech Wałęsa wins the 2nd round of Poland's first presidential election.
The Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic becomes the first of the republics of the Soviet Union to abolish the Communist Party's monopoly on power.
Tuesday, December 4, 1984
Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane and kill 4 passengers.
Saturday, December 4, 1982
Tuesday, December 4, 1979
Dianne Feinstein succeeds the murdered George Moscone as San Francisco, California's first woman mayor (she serves until January 8, 1988).
Thursday, December 4, 1969
Wednesday, December 4, 1963
Wednesday, December 4, 1957
Tuesday, December 4, 1956
Saturday, December 4, 1954
Thursday, December 4, 1952
Great Smog of 1952: A killer fog descends on London (in the process coining the word Smog, for smoke and fog).
Thursday, December 4, 1947
The French Interior Minister, Jules S. Moch, takes emergency measures against his country's rioters after six days of violent arguments in the National Assembly.
Tuesday, December 4, 1945
By a vote of 65–7, the United States Senate approves the entry of the United States into the United Nations.
Saturday, December 4, 1943
Thursday, December 4, 1941
WWII: "HMS Nelson" is struck by a mine (laid by ) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
Saturday, December 4, 1937
"The Dandy" comic is first published in Scotland it will still be running .
Wednesday, December 4, 1918
President Woodrow Wilson departs by ship to the Paris Peace Conference, becoming the first United States President to travel to any foreign country while holding office.
Wednesday, December 4, 1889
The Bayswater Railway Station (Victoria, Australia) officially opens.
Saturday, December 4, 1875
Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then to Spain.
Wednesday, December 4, 1872
The now-crewless American ship "Mary Celeste" is found (still seaworthy) by the British brig "Dei Gratia".
Battle of Hakodate begins in Japan.
American Civil War
ndash 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 Sherman's caign of destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to Savannah, GA (Union forces suffer more than 3 times the casualties as the Confederates, however).
The Mekteb-i Mülkiye School is founded in the Ottoman Empire.
Wednesday, December 4, 1844
Whig Party holds its first national convention, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, December 4, 1832
Battle of Antwerp: The last remaining Dutch
enforcement, the citadel
, is under French
India: In the face of fierce opposition, British Lord William Bentinck carries a regulation declaring that all who abet suttee in India are guilty of culpable homicide.
King's College London is founded under the patronage of King George IV and the Prime Minister The Duke of Wellington. It will become the third official university in England.
publishes "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect".
An Anglo-Spanish treaty gives Belize to Britain.
The trade with Iceland is opened to all Danish and Norwegian traders.
Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, is founded.
The first ship leaves Britain for Botany Bay, Australia: 820 out of 1,138 aboard are convicts.
Thursday, December 4, 1783
At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell.
The city of Sevastopol is founded on the Crimean peninsula of the Russian Empire.
United Empire Loyalists flee to Canada from the new United States.
The Treaty of Versailles
is signed, ending hostilities between the Franco-Spanish Alliance and England.
Spanish government refuses to grant diplomatic recognition to the USA.
Ireland's last grey wolf is killed.
Evan William's distillery was founded in Bardstown Kentucky.
Saturday, December 4, 1745
Emperor Yohannes I decrees that Muslims must live separately from Christians throughout Ethiopia.
King Philip's War continues, between the settlers in New England and the indigenous tribes led by Metacomet.
Tuesday, December 4, 1674
The bones of the Princes in the tower were supposedly found
The Duke of York
(later James II) becomes increasingly unpopular in England because of his Catholicism agitation heightens throughout the country with a petition to exclude him from the succession.
The East India Company arranges a trading treaty with the Maratha Empire that has recently been founded by Shivaji Bhonsle in central India.
Saturday, December 4, 1655
Wednesday, December 4, 1619
grants a British mission important commercial concessions at Surat
on the west coast of India
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth reaches the height of its territorial extent.
Thursday, December 4, 1614
publishes "Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio", a paper outlining his discovery of logarithm
The Rosicrucian Order is instituted in Germany according to Fraternitas Rosae Crucis.
Christianity banned throughout Japan
Wednesday, November 24, 1563 (Julianian calendar)
The official Roman Catholic decree Tametsi stipulates that for a marriage to be valid, consent (the essence of marriage) as expressed in the vows has to be given publicly before witnesses, one of whom has to be the parish priest.
Monday, November 24, 1516 (Julianian calendar)
Treaty of Brussels: Peace is declared between France and the Empire.
Gillingham School founded ndash the oldest school in Dorset
Thursday, November 27, 1259 (Julianian calendar)
The German cities of Lübeck, Wismar, and Rostock enter into a pact to defend against pirates of the Baltic Sea, laying the groundwork for the Hanseatic League.
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.
Nogai Khan leads the second Mongol Golden Horde attack against Lithuania and Poland.
Sunday, November 27, 1110 (Julianian calendar)
Beirut and Sidon are captured by the Crusaders.
Mawdud of Mosul captures all land belonging to the Crusader County of Edessa east of the Euphrates.
Inge the Younger becomes joint king of Sweden with his brother Philip.
Saturday, November 30, 771 (Julianian calendar)
Gerberga, the widow of Carloman, flees to Desiderius, the king of the Lombards.