December 4 events in history

771 Austrasian king Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom
1110 The Kingdom of Jerusalem captures Sidon
1259 Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels
1563 The final session of the Council of Trent is held. (It had opened on December 13, 1545.)
1619 Thirty-eight colonists arrive at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group's charter proclaims that the day "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
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.)
1676 Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt
1745 Charles Edward Stewart's army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the Second Jacobite Rising
1783 At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington bids farewell to his officers
1786 Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara)
1791 The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published
1829 In the face of fierce local opposition, British Governor-General Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that anyone who abets suttee in Bengal is guilty of culpable homicide
1864 American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea – At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, Georgia
1867 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange)
1872 The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged
1875 Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison. He will later be recaptured in Spain
1881 The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published
1893 First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Company soldiers is ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors on the Shangani River in Matabeleland
1909 In Canadian football, the First Grey Cup game is played. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26–6
1909 The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association
1918 U.S. 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
1921 The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ends in a hung jury
1937 The first issue of the children's comic, The Dandy, is published
1939 World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940
1942 World War II: Carlson's patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends
1943 World War II: In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile
1943 World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States
1945 By a vote of 65 to 7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations. (The UN had been established on October 24, 1945.)
1954 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida
1956 The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studios for the first and last time
1967 Vietnam War: 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 officers
1971 The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan
1971 The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi
1971 The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water"
1971 "The Troubles": The Ulster Volunteer Force bombs a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing 15 civilians and wounding 17. It was the city's highest death toll from a single incident during the conflict
1975 Suriname joins the United Nations
1977 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire
1977 Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100
1978 Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor. (She will serve until January 8, 1988.)
1979 The Hastie fire in Hull kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee
1980 English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25
1981 South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei "homeland" (not recognized by any government outside South Africa)
1982 The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution
1984 Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107-150 civilians in Mannar
1984 Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers
1991 Journalist Terry A. Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut. He is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon
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 Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa
1993 A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels