December 4th

2003
Interpol put the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on its most-wanted list.
Charles Taylor (Liberian politician)
2001
The United States froze the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to the terrorist group Hamas.
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development
1995
The first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission.
United Nations Protection Force
1993
Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died at age 52.
Frank Zappa
1991
Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.
Terry A. Anderson
1982
China adopts its current constitution. The Constitution of the People's Republic of China replaced the Constitutions of 1954, 1975, and 1978.
Constitution of China
1980
Led Zeppelin disbands. The British rock band announced that it was disbanding 12 years after coming on the music scene after the death of drummer John Bonham.
Led Zeppelin
1978
Dianne Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco. A United States Senator from California, Feinstein became the 38th mayor of San Francisco after the murder of George Moscone.
Mayoralty of Dianne Feinstein
1945
The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
United States and the United Nations
1942
U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II.
Strategic bombing during World War II
1923
Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" premieres.
The Ten Commandments (1923 film)
1918
President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles peace conference.
Treaty of Versailles
1875
William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall escaped from jail and fled the country.
William M. Tweed
1829
Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre).
Sati (practice)
1816
James Monroe of Virginia was elected (by electors) the fifth president of the United States.
United States presidential election, 1816
1791
First Sunday paper published. The Observer, a British newspaper became the first newspaper in the world to be published and read on a Sunday.
The Observer
1783
George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
Fraunces Tavern
1619
38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
Thanksgiving (United States)
1534
Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad.
Capture of Baghdad (1534)