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12/4/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - December 4

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Today in History in 1619, 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembarked in Virginia and give thanks to God - considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas; and in 1923 Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of the “Ten Commandments” premiered.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1534 - Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad
  • 1619 - 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
  • 1791 - Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published
  • 1829 - Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)
  • 1923 - Cecil B DeMille's first version of "Ten Commandments" premieres

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1795 - Thomas Carlyle, Scotland, essayist/historian (French Revolution)
  • 1840 - Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Fort Robinson Nebraska, Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn)
  • 1892 - Francisco Franco [ y Bahamonde], Ferrol Galicia, Spanish General and Dictator (1936-75), (d. 1975)
  • 1934 - Victor French, Santa Barbara California, actor (Highway to Heaven)
  • 1934 - Wink Martindale, Jackson Tn, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This)
  • 1937 - Max Baer Jr., Oakland California, actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 1949 - Jeff Bridges, Los Angeles California, actor (Stay Hungry, Against All Odds)
  • 1969 - Jay-Z, Brooklyn, New York City, American rapper (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint)
  • 1973 - Tyra Banks, Inglewood, California, model/actress (Higher Learning, Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

Famous Weddings

  • 1878 - Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1973 - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke
  • 1976 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)
  • 1979 - Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)
  • 1999 - Philippe, Duke of Brabant and heir apparent to Belgium throne marries the honorable Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

Famous Deaths

  • 1967 - Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], US comic (Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • 1975 - Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69
  • 1976 - Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 1994 - Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer, dies at 73

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