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1816James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King

1844James K. Polk elected 11th US President

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

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

1927Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem

1933FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration

1942FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration

1943-Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill & Turkish pres Inonu

1951Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC

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

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

1963Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)

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

1977Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

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

1985President Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser

1986Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

1988Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

1992Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

19967th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Dec 4, 1110
Syrian harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders 
Dec 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. 
Dec 4, 1197
Crusaders wound Rabbi Elezar ben Judah 
Dec 4, 1259
Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III & French King Louis IX 
Dec 4, 1489
Battle of Baza - Spanish army captures Baza from Moors 
Dec 4, 1534
Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad 
Dec 4, 1563
Council of Trent holds last session, after 18 years 
Dec 4, 1619
38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas. 
Dec 4, 1644
1st European peace congress opens in Munster 
Dec 4, 1655
Middelburg Neth forbids building of synagogue 
Dec 4, 1665
Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris 
Dec 4, 1674
Father Marquette builds 1st dwelling in what is now Chicago 
Dec 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. 
Dec 4, 1680
Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th 
Dec 4, 1682
1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester) 
Dec 4, 1688
General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange 
Dec 4, 1691
Emperor Leopold I takes control of Transsylvania 
Dec 4, 1691
Spanish king Carlos II names Maximilian II viceroy of S Netherlands 
Dec 4, 1745
Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby 
Dec 4, 1783
Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC 
Dec 4, 1791
Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, 1st published 
Dec 4, 1798
Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt 
Dec 4, 1812
Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower 
Dec 4, 1816
James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King 
Dec 4, 1829
Britain abolishes "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre) 
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