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Today in History: History of 4 December



Important events of 4 December: What happened on this day? 

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

1644- First European peace congress opens in Munster. 

1682- First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester). 

1688- General John Churchill changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange. 

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

1829- Britain outlaws 'Sati' in India. 

1864- Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek), Georgia. 

1881- The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. 

1930- the Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control. 

1933- FDR creates the Federal Alcohol Control Administration.

1941- Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts. 

1945- Senate approves US participation in United Nations. 

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. 

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

1952- Killer fogs begin in London, England. the term "Smog" is coined. 

1961- Tanganyika becomes the 104th member of UN.  

1965- Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. 

1971- The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.

1978- Pioneer Venus1 goes into orbit around Venus. 

 1982- China adopts its constitution. 

1986- the US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7). 

1996- NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral. 

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

2015- Floods in Chennai and Tamilnadu state, 260 dead and thousands stranded. 

2016- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years. 

2017- Thomas fire begins and spreads to the city of Ventura, California. 




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