4 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Carlyle, 1795
  • Samuel Butler, 1835
  • Lillian Russell, 1861
  • Edith Cavell, 1865
  • Wassily Kandinsky, 1866
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875
  • Generallisimo Francisco Franco, 1892
  • Deanna Durbin, 1921
  • Horst Buchholz, 1933
  • John Cale, 1940
  • Dennis Wilson, 1944
  • Jeff Bridges, 1949
  • Marisa Tomei, 1964
  • Jay-Z (Shawn Carter), 1969
  • Tyra Banks, 1973

Died On This Day:

  • Saint John of Damascus, AD 749
  • King William the Lion of Scotland, 1214
  • Pope John XXII, 1334
  • Cardinal Richelieu, 1642
  • Thomas Hobbes, 1679
  • John Gay, 1732
  • Luigi Galvani, 1798
  • Benjamin Britten, 1966
  • Bert Lahr, 1967
  • Hannah Arendt, 1975
  • Rouben Mamoulian, 1987
  • Frank Zappa, 1993

Today's Events:

  • AD 771 - Karel the Great becomes king of all France.
  • 1154 - Nicholas Breakspear becomes the first and only English Pope, Adrian IV (or Hadrian)
  • 1674 - Father Jacques Marquette builds first dwelling, a mission, in what is now Chicago.
  • 1786 - Mission Santa Barbara, Franciscan order, founded in California.
  • 1791 - The Observer, England's oldest Sunday newspaper, first published.
  • 1812 - Horsedrawn lawnmower patented by Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, PA.
  • 1871 - Germany adopts gold standard.
  • 1904 - Japanese lose another 11,000 men but gain last hill at Port Arthur in Russo Japanese War.
  • 1918 - Woodrow Wilson leaves Washington to become first U.S. President in office to visit Europe.
  • 1937 - Dandy comic book starring Desperate Dan first published; still going 4 December 2001.
  • 1952 - Great London smog starts; 4,000 to die in next three weeks.
  • 1991 - Pan American World Airways, founded in 1927, folds operations.
  • 1991 - Longest held U.S. hostage in Lebanon, AP writer Terry Anderson, released after almost 7 years.
  • 1997 - Europe health officials vote to ban tobacco advertising beginning in 4-5 years.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Barbara
  • Peter Chrysologus
  • Osmund (died today in 1099)

Holiday:

  • Day of the Artisans celebrated in Mexico
  • Proclamation Day in Tonga

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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