December 4, 1861 - Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress

December 4, 1889 - Isabel Randolph, American actress

December 4, 1909 - Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor

December 4, 1914 - Claude Renoir, French cinematographer

December 4, 1915 - Allan Jackson, American newscaster

December 4, 1920 - Michael Bates, English actor

December 4, 1921 - Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist

December 4, 1922 - Gérard Philipe, French actor

December 4, 1923 - John Krish, British documentary filmmaker

December 4, 1925 - Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer

December 4, 1928 - Dena Dietrich, American actress

December 4, 1930 - Ronnie Corbett, British comedian

December 4, 1933 - Horst Buchholz, German actor

December 4, 1934 - Victor French, American actor

December 4, 1934 - Wink Martindale, American TV host

December 4, 1937 - Max Baer Jr, American actor

December 4, 1937 - Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor

December 4, 1938 - Liesbeth Struppert, Dutch actress

December 4, 1941 - Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer

December 4, 1942 - Gemma Jones, English actress

December 4, 1949 - Jeff Bridges, American actor

December 4, 1949 - Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born in Takapuna, Auckland

December 4, 1950 - Jan Rietman, Dutch radio and TV host

December 4, 1950 - Karel van de Graaf, Dutch TV host

December 4, 1951 - Patricia Wettig, American actress

December 4, 1954 - Tony Todd, American actor and producer

December 4, 1964 - Marisa Tomei, American actress

December 4, 1964 - Chelsea Noble, American actress

December 4, 1964 - Jonathan Goldstein, American actor

December 4, 1964 - Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby union centre and broadcaster

December 4, 1965 - Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director

December 4, 1966 - Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian

December 4, 1970 - Kevin Sussman, American actor

December 4, 1970 - Sylvester Terkay, American pro wrestler

December 4, 1973 - Tyra Banks, American supermodel and actress

December 4, 1983 - Jimmy Bartel, Australian Rules Football utility and broadcaster

December 4, 1984 - Brooke Adams, American model and professional wrestler

December 4, 1984 - Lindsay Felton, American actress

December 4, 1984 - Lauren London, American actress

December 4, 1901 - Anne Russell's play "'Girl and the judge" premieres in New York, Anne Russell's play "'Girl and the judge" premieres in New York

December 4, 1933 - Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time, Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

December 4, 1961 - WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting, WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

December 4, 1966 - KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting, KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting

December 4, 1981 - "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV, "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV

December 4, 1984 - 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie : Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO, 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie : Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

December 4, 1988 - Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash, Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash

December 4, 1989 - NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City, NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City

December 4, 2005 - U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II " on CBS, U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II " on CBS

December 4, 2018 - Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone, Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone

December 4, 1660 - Andre Campra, French composer, baptized in Aix-en-Provence, France

December 4, 1667 - Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, French composer

December 4, 1708 - Marianus Königsperger, German composer

December 4, 1720 - Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer

December 4, 1791 - Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer

December 4, 1825 - Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer

December 4, 1838 - Melesio Morales, Mexican composer

December 4, 1861 - Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress

December 4, 1879 - Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists"

December 4, 1896 - Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter

December 4, 1910 - Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer

December 4, 1921 - Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist

December 4, 1930 - Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer

December 4, 1930 - Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer

December 4, 1932 - Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer

December 4, 1936 - Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist

December 4, 1936 - Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker

December 4, 1938 - Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano

December 4, 1942 - Bob Mosley, American rock bassist

December 4, 1944 - Chris Hillman, American singer

December 4, 1944 - Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist

December 4, 1944 - Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter

December 4, 1947 - Terry Woods, Irish musician

December 4, 1948 - Southside Johnny [Lyons], American rocker

December 4, 1951 - Gary Rossington, American rock musician )

December 4, 1955 - Brian Prout, American singer

December 4, 1955 - Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer

December 4, 1964 - Sertab Erener, Turkish singer

December 4, 1965 - Rob Smits, pop drummer

December 4, 1966 - Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian

December 4, 1966 - Masta Ace [Duval Clear], American rapper

December 4, 1969 - Jay-Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer

December 4, 1973 - Racci Shay, American musician

December 4, 1973 - Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ

December 4, 1973 - Kate Rusby, English folk singer and songwriter

December 4, 1976 - Amie Comeaux, American country music singer

December 4, 1977 - Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper

December 4, 1978 - Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer

December 4, 1983 - Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper

December 4, 1992 - Jin [Kim Seok-jin] Korean vocalist, None

December 4, 1927 - Dmitri Shostakovich 's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow, Dmitri Shostakovich 's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

December 4, 1927 - Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem, Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

December 4, 1928 - Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC, Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC

December 4, 1948 - "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances, "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances

December 4, 1951 - Aaron Copland 's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City, Aaron Copland 's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City

December 4, 1954 - "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances, "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances

December 4, 1954 - "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances, "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances

December 4, 1964 - The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album, The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album

December 4, 1965 - "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances, "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances

December 4, 1980 - Two months after death of drummer John Bonham , Led Zeppelin announces they will disband, Two months after death of drummer John Bonham , Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

December 4, 1983 - "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances, "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances

December 4, 1983 - "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances, "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances

December 4, 1983 - David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC, David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC

December 4, 1984 - 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie : Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO, 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie : Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

December 4, 1985 - "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London, "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London

December 4, 1994 - "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances, "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances

December 4, 1994 - "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances, "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances

December 4, 1996 - 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win, 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

December 4, 1997 - "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC, "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC

December 4, 2017 - New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct, New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct

December 4, 1979 - Liza Minnelli 's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero), Liza Minnelli 's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

December 4, 1858 - William Gunn, English cricket batsman and soccer winger (2 caps)

December 4, 1865 - Luther Gulick, American Basketball Hall of Fame contributor

December 4, 1868 - Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder

December 4, 1890 - Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher ; AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees)

December 4, 1890 - Jack Darragh, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing

December 4, 1899 - Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager

December 4, 1901 - Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach

December 4, 1910 - Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder

December 4, 1915 - Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler

December 4, 1916 - Lew Jenkins, American boxer

December 4, 1923 - Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach

December 4, 1930 - Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter

December 4, 1930 - Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility

December 4, 1931 - Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey forward, coach, and executive

December 4, 1933 - Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals)

December 4, 1935 - Fred Rumsey, English cricket pace bowler

December 4, 1938 - Richard Meade, British equestrian

December 4, 1941 - Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer coach

December 4, 1941 - Marty Riessen, American tennis player

December 4, 1943 - Gary Sabourin, Canadian ice hockey right wing

December 4, 1944 - François Migault, French auto racer

December 4, 1953 - Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey right wing

December 4, 1953 - Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian soccer goalkeeper

December 4, 1955 - Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey right wing and executive

December 4, 1956 - Bernard King, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward

December 4, 1956 - Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgarian weightlifter

December 4, 1956 - Costantino Rocca, Italian golfer

December 4, 1957 - Lee Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher )

December 4, 1957 - Raul Boesel, Brazilian auto racer

December 4, 1958 - Sergei Starikov, Russian ice hockey defenceman and coach

December 4, 1959 - Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender

December 4, 1960 - Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete

December 4, 1961 - Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback and coach (Indianapolis Colts 2018-20)

December 4, 1962 - Gary Freeman, New Zealand rugby league halfback, captain and coach

December 4, 1963 - Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter

December 4, 1963 - Nigel Heslop, English rugby union and rugby league wing

December 4, 1964 - Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby union centre and broadcaster

December 4, 1965 - Ulf Kirsten, German soccer striker and manager

December 4, 1967 - Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Canadian NFL punter

December 4, 1967 - Guillermo Amor, Spanish soccer midfielder and executive

December 4, 1968 - Mike Barrowman, American swimmer

December 4, 1970 - Jeff Blake, American NFL quarterback

December 4, 1971 - Shannon Briggs, American boxer

December 4, 1972 - Ted Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker

December 4, 1973 - Corliss Williamson, American basketball forward

December 4, 1973 - Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league lock

December 4, 1974 - Anke Huber, German tennis player

December 4, 1974 - Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball second baseman and manager

December 4, 1975 - Marci Miller [Jobson], American soccer midfielder and coach

December 4, 1976 - Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater

December 4, 1976 - Betty Lennox, American basketball guard (WNBA champion, WNBA Finals MVP 2004, Seattle Storm)

December 4, 1977 - Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler

December 4, 1977 - Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricket all-rounder

December 4, 1979 - Jay DeMerit, American soccer defender

December 4, 1982 - Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese auto racer

December 4, 1982 - Waldo Ponce, Chilean soccer defender

December 4, 1984 - Joe Thomas, American College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle

December 4, 1985 - Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball outfielder

December 4, 1989 - Pornanong Phatlum, Thai golfer

December 4, 1909 - 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated, 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated

December 4, 1909 - Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens, Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens

December 4, 1914 - Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court, Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

December 4, 1920 - CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3, CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3

December 4, 1921 - American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings, American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings

December 4, 1926 - CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues, CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues

December 4, 1943 - Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes, Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes

December 4, 1945 - 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB), 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)

December 4, 1947 - In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31, In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31

December 4, 1948 - 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham, 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham

December 4, 1949 - Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run, Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run

December 4, 1956 - 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB), 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)

December 4, 1956 - Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold, Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold

December 4, 1956 - American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold, American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold

December 4, 1961 - Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title, Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

December 4, 1961 - Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm), Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)

December 4, 1961 - 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins, 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins

December 4, 1963 - Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games, Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games

December 4, 1964 - Baseball approves a free-agent draft, Baseball approves a free-agent draft

December 4, 1964 - Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes, Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes

December 4, 1964 - Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31, Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31

December 4, 1965 - 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner), 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)

December 4, 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, 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

December 4, 1977 - NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7, NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7

December 4, 1977 - 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1), 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)

December 4, 1977 - West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare, West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare

December 4, 1977 - Davis Cup Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory, Davis Cup Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory

December 4, 1979 - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith

December 4, 1980 - Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies), Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)

December 4, 1982 - 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB), 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)

December 4, 1983 - NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0, NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0

December 4, 1985 - Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978, Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

December 4, 1987 - Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC, Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

December 4, 1988 - Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers, Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

December 4, 1988 - Edmonton center Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers, Edmonton center Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers

December 4, 1993 - 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13, 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13

December 4, 1994 - 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1), 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)

December 4, 1996 - Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57, Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57

December 4, 1997 - NBA suspends former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo, NBA suspends former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo

December 4, 1999 - 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7, 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7

December 4, 2004 - 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28, 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28

December 4, 2005 - 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2), 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)

December 4, 2007 - Ballon d'Or: Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination, Ballon d'Or: Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination

December 4, 2010 - 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17, 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17

December 4, 2010 - 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33, 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33

December 4, 2010 - 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20, 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20

December 4, 2011 - 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1), 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)

December 4, 2017 - New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start, New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start

December 4, 2018 - Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena, Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena

December 4, 1555 - Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet

December 4, 1580 - Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer

December 4, 1584 - John Cotton, Puritan clergyman in Mass Bay colony

December 4, 1595 - Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet

December 4, 1646 - Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France

December 4, 1670 - John Aislabie, English politician

December 4, 1711 - Barbara of Portugal [Maria Madalena Bárbara Xavier Leonor Teresa Antónia Josefa], Queen of Spain

December 4, 1713 - Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist

December 4, 1726 - William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general

December 4, 1777 - Juliette Récamier, French socialite

December 4, 1786 - John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament [or 12/14]

December 4, 1795 - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian

December 4, 1798 - Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman

December 4, 1800 - Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician and poet

December 4, 1803 - Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner

December 4, 1808 - Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher

December 4, 1812 - Elias Smith Dennis, American Brevet Major General

December 4, 1818 - William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, American Major General

December 4, 1835 - Samuel Butler, English author

December 4, 1840 - Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Oglala Sioux chief

December 4, 1844 - Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus

December 4, 1852 - Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist and honorary member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences

December 4, 1858 - Chester Greenwood, American inventor

December 4, 1865 - Edith Cavell, British nurse

December 4, 1866 - Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter

December 4, 1868 - Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter

December 4, 1875 - Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist

December 4, 1876 - Dimitur Poljanov [Popov], Bulgarian poet (d. 1953)

December 4, 1880 - Garfield Wood, American inventor, motorboat builder and racer

December 4, 1881 - Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal

December 4, 1883 - Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist

December 4, 1888 - Aleksandar I, King of Yugoslavia

December 4, 1892 - Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator

December 4, 1895 - Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer

December 4, 1895 - Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher

December 4, 1896 - Nikolai Tichonov, Russian writer

December 4, 1897 - Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor

December 4, 1899 - Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer

December 4, 1903 - A. L. Rowse, British author and historian

December 4, 1903 - Cornell Woolrich, American writer

December 4, 1903 - Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator

December 4, 1905 - Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil

December 4, 1907 - Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author

December 4, 1908 - A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages

December 4, 1910 - R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India

December 4, 1912 - Ian Wallace [John Wallace Pritchard], American sci-fi author

December 4, 1912 - Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot

December 4, 1913 - Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor

December 4, 1914 - Rudolf Hausner, Austrian artist

December 4, 1916 - Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer

December 4, 1919 - I. K. [Inder Kumar] Gujral, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India

December 4, 1920 - Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist

December 4, 1920 - Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter

December 4, 1920 - Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer

December 4, 1923 - Charles Keating, American district attorney

December 4, 1924 - John C. Portman Jr., American architect

December 4, 1928 - Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut

December 4, 1931 - Wally George, American conservative TV commentator

December 4, 1932 - Joanne Battiste, artist (d. 2009)

December 4, 1932 - Roh Tae-Woo, 6th President South Korea

December 4, 1935 - Robert Vesco, American financier and fugitive

December 4, 1938 - Andre Marrou, American Libertarian Presidential candidate

December 4, 1938 - Lynn Blessing, vibes player

December 4, 1940 - Gary Gilmore, American murderer

December 4, 1945 - Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer

December 4, 1945 - Roberta Lynn Bondar, Canadian neurologist and astronaut

December 4, 1947 - Ursula Krechel, German writer

December 4, 1948 - Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist

December 4, 1952 - Ronald M. Sega, American professor of systems engineering and astronaut

December 4, 1957 - Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate

December 4, 1959 - Susan W. Krebs, American politician

December 4, 1966 - Suzanne Malveaux, American television news journalist

December 4, 749 - Saint John of Damascus, Syrian monk, priest and theologian, dies

December 4, 765 - Jafar al-Sadiq, Muslim scholar and scientist

December 4, 811 - Charles The Younger, King the of Franks, son of the Emperor Charlemagne

December 4, 1075 - Archbishop Anno II of Cologne, None

December 4, 1123 - Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher

December 4, 1137 - Lotharius III of Supplinburg, emperor

December 4, 1182 - Henry, earl of Gelre/Zutphen, dies

December 4, 1214 - William I "the Lion", King of Scotland

December 4, 1270 - Theobald V of Champagne, King of Navarre

December 4, 1334 - Pope John XXII (b. 1249), None

December 4, 1340 - Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor

December 4, 1371 - Reinald III, the Fat Duke, duke of Gelre

December 4, 1371 - Stefanus X Uros V, king of Serbia, dies

December 4, 1459 - Adolf VIII, Duke of Southern Jutland

December 4, 1514 - Richard Hunne, English "heretic", commits suicide

December 4, 1576 - Rheticus, mathematician, dies

December 4, 1585 - John Willock, Scottish reformer

December 4, 1603 - Maarten de Vos, Flemish painter

December 4, 1642 - Armand-Jean Duplessis Richelieu, bishop of Lucon

December 4, 1649 - Outgert Arisz Akersloot, Dutch silversmith

December 4, 1649 - William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet

December 4, 1679 - Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher

December 4, 1680 - Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian

December 4, 1696 - Empress Meishō, Japan

December 4, 1798 - Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist

December 4, 1807 - Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader

December 4, 1828 - Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

December 4, 1893 - Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major

December 4, 1893 - John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect

December 4, 1893 - Heinrich Göbel, German-born mechanic and inventor

December 4, 1902 - Charles Dow, American journalist and economist

December 4, 1909 - Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter and graphic artist

December 4, 1926 - Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter

December 4, 1932 - Gustav Meyrink, writer

December 4, 1933 - Stefan George, German poet

December 4, 1943 - Carlo Mierendorff, German politician and anti-fascist

December 4, 1945 - Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist

December 4, 1948 - Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies

December 4, 1951 - Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer

December 4, 1952 - Karen Horney, German-American neo freudian psycho analyst

December 4, 1956 - Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer

December 4, 1959 - Rosetta Duncan, None

December 4, 1969 - Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered

December 4, 1971 - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, dies

December 4, 1975 - Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist and historian

December 4, 1976 - W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician

December 4, 1978 - Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists

December 4, 1980 - Francisco Sá Carneiro, 109th Prime Minister of Portugal

December 4, 1984 - John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill

December 4, 1986 - Reuben Nakian, US sculptor

December 4, 1988 - Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist

December 4, 1993 - Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar

December 4, 1993 - Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist and founder

December 4, 1993 - Margaret Landon, American author

December 4, 1994 - Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer

December 4, 1994 - Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi

December 4, 1994 - Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright

December 4, 1994 - Robert Jesse Charleston, museum curator

December 4, 1994 - Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator

December 4, 1995 - Adrianne Jones, killed by David Graham & Diane Zamora, at 16

December 4, 1996 - Basil Nield, British judge and politician

December 4, 1996 - Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker

December 4, 1997 - David Abell Wood, priest

December 4, 1997 - Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist

December 4, 1999 - Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice

December 4, 2000 - H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer

December 4, 2005 - Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author

December 4, 2007 - Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist

December 4, 2007 - Chip Reese, American poker player

December 4, 2012 - Vasily Belov, Russian author

December 4, 2012 - Jack Brooks, American politician

December 4, 2012 - Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world

December 4, 2017 - Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen, is killed during the Battle of Sana'a at 75

December 4, 2017 - Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist

December 4, 1110 - Syrian harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders, Syrian harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders

December 4, 1154 - Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire., Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

December 4, 1197 - Crusaders wound Rabbi Elezar ben Judah, Crusaders wound Rabbi Elezar ben Judah

December 4, 1259 - Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III and French King Louis IX end 100 years of conflict between the Capetian and Plantagenet dynasties, Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III and French King Louis IX end 100 years of conflict between the Capetian and Plantagenet dynasties

December 4, 1489 - Battle of Baza - Spanish army captures Baza from Moors, Battle of Baza - Spanish army captures Baza from Moors

December 4, 1534 - Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad, Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad

December 4, 1563 - Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years., Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years.

December 4, 1619 - 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas., 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.

December 4, 1644 - First European peace congress opens in Munster, First European peace congress opens in Munster

December 4, 1655 - Middelburg, Netherlands forbids building of synagogue, Middelburg, Netherlands forbids building of synagogue

December 4, 1665 - Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris, Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris

December 4, 1674 - Father Marquette builds first dwelling in what is now Chicago, Father Marquette builds first dwelling in what is now Chicago

December 4, 1676 - Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt, Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt

December 4, 1680 - Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th, Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th

December 4, 1682 - First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester), First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

December 4, 1688 - General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange, General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange

December 4, 1691 - Emperor Leopold I takes control of Transsylvania, Emperor Leopold I takes control of Transsylvania

December 4, 1691 - Spanish king Carlos II names Maximilian II viceroy of Southern Netherlands, Spanish king Carlos II names Maximilian II viceroy of Southern Netherlands

December 4, 1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby, Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby

December 4, 1783 - General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC, General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC

December 4, 1791 - Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published, Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published

December 4, 1798 - Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt, Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt

December 4, 1812 - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower, Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower

December 4, 1816 - James Monroe is elected to become the 5th President of the United States, defeating Rufus King of the Federalist Party, James Monroe is elected to become the 5th President of the United States, defeating Rufus King of the Federalist Party

December 4, 1829 - Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre), Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)

December 4, 1832 - French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp, French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp

December 4, 1833 - American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia, American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia

December 4, 1836 - Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

December 4, 1843 - Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented in Massachusetts, Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented in Massachusetts

December 4, 1843 - Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig, Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig

December 4, 1844 - James Knox Polk elected 11th US President, James Knox Polk elected 11th US President

December 4, 1851 - President Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France, President Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France

December 4, 1863 - Storm flood ravages The Netherlands coastal provinces, Storm flood ravages The Netherlands coastal provinces

December 4, 1864 - Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek), Georgia, Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek), Georgia

December 4, 1864 - Romanian Jews are forbidden to practise law, Romanian Jews are forbidden to practise law

December 4, 1867 - Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange), Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange)

December 4, 1875 - William Magear Tweed " Boss Tweed " (Tammany Hall, NYC) escapes from jail, William Magear Tweed " Boss Tweed " (Tammany Hall, NYC) escapes from jail

December 4, 1881 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published, The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published

December 4, 1889 - Explorer Henery Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean, Explorer Henery Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean

December 4, 1899 - 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes, 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes

December 4, 1899 - Webb Hayes, son of US President Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor, Webb Hayes, son of US President Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor

December 4, 1905 - British government of Arthur Balfour resigns, British government of Arthur Balfour resigns

December 4, 1906 - Alpha Phi Alpha, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms, Alpha Phi Alpha, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms

December 4, 1908 - Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup, Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup

December 4, 1908 - The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband, The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband

December 4, 1915 - Frank Friday Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor, Frank Friday Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor

December 4, 1915 - Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County, Georgia, Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County, Georgia

December 4, 1915 - Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco, Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco

December 4, 1915 - Henry Ford 's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas', Henry Ford 's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas'

December 4, 1918 - US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France

December 4, 1920 - 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds, 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds

December 4, 1921 - The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury, The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury

December 4, 1922 - Lucille Atcherson, becomes first woman legation sect-US foreign service, Lucille Atcherson, becomes first woman legation sect-US foreign service

December 4, 1923 - WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show), WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)

December 4, 1927 - Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP, Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP

December 4, 1930 - Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control, Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control

December 4, 1932 - Kurt von Schleicher succeeds Franz von Papen as Reich Chancellor of Germany, Kurt von Schleicher succeeds Franz von Papen as Reich Chancellor of Germany

December 4, 1933 - FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration, FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration

December 4, 1935 - 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Philadelphia) enroll in anticommunism class, 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Philadelphia) enroll in anticommunism class

December 4, 1941 - Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts, Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts

December 4, 1942 - First US citizenship granted to an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey), First US citizenship granted to an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey)

December 4, 1942 - US bombers strike Italian mainland for first time in WW II, US bombers strike Italian mainland for first time in WW II

December 4, 1942 - Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization, Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization

December 4, 1943 - -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo:, -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo:

December 4, 1943 - Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar, Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar

December 4, 1944 - Germans destroy Rhine dikes, Betuwe flooded, Germans destroy Rhine dikes, Betuwe flooded

December 4, 1945 - Senate approves US participation in United Nations, Senate approves US participation in United Nations

December 4, 1947 - USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union, USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union

December 4, 1948 - SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750, SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750

December 4, 1949 - Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak, Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak

December 4, 1951 - Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people, Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people

December 4, 1951 - Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government, Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government

December 4, 1952 - Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined, Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined

December 4, 1952 - Walter P. Reuther chosen chairman of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the US, Walter P. Reuther chosen chairman of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the US

December 4, 1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA, The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA

December 4, 1955 - Bernardus Johannes Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht, Bernardus Johannes Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht

December 4, 1957 - First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published, First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published

December 4, 1957 - 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England), 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)

December 4, 1958 - Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community, Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community

December 4, 1958 - Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns, Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns

December 4, 1961 - Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse 's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days, Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse 's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

December 4, 1961 - Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN, Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN

December 4, 1961 - The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain, The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

December 4, 1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site, US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

December 4, 1963 - Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968), Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)

December 4, 1963 - Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council

December 4, 1965 - 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die, 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die

December 4, 1965 - Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell

December 4, 1966 - Military Working Dog "Nemo" saves the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War, surviving a gunshot wound to the nose, Military Working Dog "Nemo" saves the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War, surviving a gunshot wound to the nose

December 4, 1968 - Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march, Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march

December 4, 1970 - Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%, Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%

December 4, 1971 - The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan, The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan

December 4, 1971 - The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi, The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi

December 4, 1971 - McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles', McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'

December 4, 1974 - Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims, Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims

December 4, 1974 - Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison, Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison

December 4, 1975 - 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead, 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead

December 4, 1977 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowns himself Emperor of the Central African Empire in a lavish ceremony costing US$20 million - one third of the nation's budget Learn More >>, Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowns himself Emperor of the Central African Empire in a lavish ceremony costing US$20 million - one third of the nation's budget Learn More >>

December 4, 1977 - Neil Simon 's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC, Neil Simon 's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

December 4, 1978 - Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female and Jewish mayor, Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female and Jewish mayor

December 4, 1978 - Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed, Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed

December 4, 1978 - Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus, Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus

December 4, 1981 - Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence, Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence

December 4, 1981 - According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence. Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa., According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence. Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa.

December 4, 1982 - China adopts its constitution, China adopts its constitution

December 4, 1982 - Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp, Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp

December 4, 1983 - US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon, US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon

December 4, 1984 - Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers., Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.

December 4, 1985 - French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski, French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

December 4, 1986 - US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7), US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7)

December 4, 1987 - Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51), Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)

December 4, 1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR, USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

December 4, 1990 - Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC, Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC

December 4, 1990 - Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages, Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages

December 4, 1990 - An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable, An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable

December 4, 1991 - Judds final concert (Nashville), Judds final concert (Nashville)

December 4, 1991 - Muslim Shi'ites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6½ years), Muslim Shi'ites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6½ years)

December 4, 1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations, Pan American World Airways ceased operations

December 4, 1991 - Patricia Bowman testifies that William Kennedy Smith raped her, Patricia Bowman testifies that William Kennedy Smith raped her

December 4, 1992 - Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia, Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia

December 4, 1993 - Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec), Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)

December 4, 1993 - Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53), Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)

December 4, 1993 - A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels., A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.

December 4, 1995 - Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test, Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test

December 4, 1996 - NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral, NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral

December 4, 1997 - Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan, Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan

December 4, 1998 - The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched, The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched

December 4, 2001 - Marike de Klerk, ex-wife of former President F.W. de Klerk is murdered at her home in Cape Town, Marike de Klerk, ex-wife of former President F.W. de Klerk is murdered at her home in Cape Town

December 4, 2005 - Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage, Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage

December 4, 2006 - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo

December 4, 2012 - 29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria, 29 people are killed by a mortar attack in Bteeha, Syria

December 4, 2012 - Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people, Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines killing at least 81 people

December 4, 2013 - Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister

December 4, 2014 - The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began, The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began

December 4, 2014 - Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9, Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9

December 4, 2014 - US authorities promise a "fair" investigation into the death of African American Eric Garner, after a white New York City police officer held him in a choke-hold faces no charges, US authorities promise a "fair" investigation into the death of African American Eric Garner, after a white New York City police officer held him in a choke-hold faces no charges

December 4, 2015 - Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded, Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded

December 4, 2016 - Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled, Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled

December 4, 2016 - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office

December 4, 2016 - Tens of thousands march throughout Brazil against a vote to undermine anti-corruption investigations, Tens of thousands march throughout Brazil against a vote to undermine anti-corruption investigations

December 4, 2016 - Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar, Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar

December 4, 2017 - US Supreme Court allows President Trump 's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries, US Supreme Court allows President Trump 's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries

December 4, 2017 - US President, US President

December 4, 2017 - Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California, Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California

December 4, 2018 - Theresa May 's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit, Theresa May 's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit

December 4, 2018 - French President Emmanuel Macron drops controversial rise in fuel tax after three weeks of mass protests, French President Emmanuel Macron drops controversial rise in fuel tax after three weeks of mass protests

December 4, 2018 - Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo, Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo

December 4, 2018 - First successful birth resulting from uterus transplant from a deceased donor in São Paulo, Brazil, First successful birth resulting from uterus transplant from a deceased donor in São Paulo, Brazil

December 4, 2018 - French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies, French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies

December 4, 2018 - Native Americans had just one migration from Siberia to the New World, at most 23,000 years ago, in research published in "Nature" and "Science", Native Americans had just one migration from Siberia to the New World, at most 23,000 years ago, in research published in "Nature" and "Science"

December 4, 2019 - 58 migrants drown after a boat sinks off the coast of Mauritania, with 83 saved, 58 migrants drown after a boat sinks off the coast of Mauritania, with 83 saved

December 4, 2019 - North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal "Ecology Letters", North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal "Ecology Letters"