December 4th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
December 4th History Highlights
December 4th is...
National Cookie Day
National Sock Day
Santa's List Day
December 4th Quotes
Someday, somehow, I am going to do something useful, something
for people. They are, most of them, so helpless, so hurt and so
The great characters of fiction live as truly as the memories
of dead men. For the life after death it is not necessary that
a man or woman should have lived.
I will not lose, for even in defeat, there's a valuable lesson
learned, so it evens up for me.
Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
Every day, I wanna work on being a better person, not just to
others but to myself.
Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
December 4th Birthdays
34 - Persius, Roman poet (died in 62)
1835 - Samuel Butler, British writer (died in 1902)
1861 - Liillian Russel, American singer/actress (died in 1922)
1865 - Edith Louisa Cavell, English nurse and spy (died in 1915)
1914 - Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (died in 1993)
1923 - Charles Keating, American lawyer and financier (died in 2014)
1931 - Wally George, American radio and television host (died in 2003)
1933 - Wink Martindale, American game show host
1937 - Max Baer, Jr., American actorer
1939 - Freddy Cannon, American singer
1940 - Gary Gilmore, American criminal (died in 1977)
1944 - Dennis Wilson, American singer-songwriter, and drummer (died in 1983)
1948 - Southside Johnny (John Lyon), American singer-songwriter
1949 - Jeff Bridges, American actor
1951 - Patricia Wettig, American actress
1955 - Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter
1964 - Marisa Tomei, American actress
1966 - Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
1969 - Jay Z, American rapper, producer, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records
1973 - Tyra Banks, American model and producer
December 4th History
1674 - In what is now Chicago, Father Jacques Marquette founded a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek Indians.
1791 - The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, was published in London.
1872 - The US ship Mary Celeste was found, in good condition, but with no one aboard, in the Atlantic Ocean. #mystery
1875 - New York City politician Boss Tweed escaped from prison.
1881 - The Los Angeles Times began publication.
1917 - "Shell Shock" was introduced as psychological trauma for war veterans.
1921 - The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ended in a hung jury. (It was a horrible accident that also ended his career.)
1933 - Broadway Show - Tobacco Road (Play) December 4, 1933
December 4, 1942 Birthday (fictional) Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski, The Big Lebowski, Film
1943 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players.
1945 - The Senate approved the participation of the United States in the UN. The United Nations began several weeks earlier, on October 24, 1945.
1952 - Starting today, and over the course of the next several days, Smog (severe air pollution) killed over 4,000 people in London.
1954 - #1 Hit December 4, 1954 - January 21, 1955: The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
1956 - The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) got together at Sun Studio. The recordings were released in 1981 and 1990.
1965 - #1 Hit December 4, 1965 - December 24, 1965: The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
1971 - #1 Hit December 4, 1971 - December 24, 1971: Sly and the Family Stone - Family Affair
1971 - A fire broke out at the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert, this event was the inspiration for Deep Purple's iconic rock anthem Smoke on the Water
1973 - NASA's Pioneer 10 reached Jupiter.
1980 - Led Zeppelin officially disbanded, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
1981 - Falcon Crest premiered on CBS.
1981 - You Can't Do That on Television premiered on Nickelodeon.
1981 - Reds premiered in theaters. Warren Beatty wrote, directed and starred in the film.
1991 - Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operations.
2009 - American Amanda Knox was convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy. (it was later overturned)
2010 - #1 Hit December 4, 2010 - December 10, 2010: Rihanna - Only Girl (In the World)
December 4, 2014 - Peter Pan Live! aired on NBC.
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The character Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver' (1976) was inspired
by real-life assassin Arthur Bremer, who tried to kill Governor
George Wallace in 1972.
Ability is what you're capable of doing...
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