Sunday, December 4, 2011

4th of December

Today is the 338th day of the year, with only 27 days remaining until the new year.

1563 - The final session of the Council of Trent is held.

1674 - Father Jacques Marquette founds a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek, the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois.

1864 - At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with the campaign of Sherman on his march toward the Atlantic Ocean.

1875 - Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed, escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, from Spain.

1909 - The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.

1918 - President Woodrow Wilson, sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US President to travel to Europe while in office.

1943 - President Franklin Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment.

1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.

1967 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong  troops in the Mekong Delta.

1969 - Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officer.

1980 - English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham that occurred in September.

1991 - Journalist Terry A. Anderson is released after 7 years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut.

1991 - Captain Mark Pyle pilots Clipper Goodwill, a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.

1992 - President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

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

2006 - An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 620 miles south of Tokyo.

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