December 4th

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The Dec. 4 is the 338th day of the Gregorian calendar (the 339th in leap years ), thus remain 27 days by year end.

Historic anniversaries
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Politics and world events

771: Charlemagne
1676: Charles XI. in the battle of Lund
1808: Madrid surrendered
Model of the destroyed Heilbronn in 1944
1981: Location of the Ciskei in South Africa


science and technology

1959: Sam on his space flight
  • 1959 : As part of the Mercury program , NASA takes a rhesus monkey Sam with the mission Little Joe 2 into space to test the functionality of the rescue system. The test is successful.
1965: Gemini 7 - start
1967: tidal power station near Saint-Malo




  • 0963 : Leo VIII is elected Pope by a synod .
  • 1154 : Nicholas Breakspear is the first and so far only Englishman to be elected Pope and takes office under the name of Hadrian IV with the enthronement that takes place on the following day .
  • 1563 : The Council of Trent comes to an end with the third session. The Roman Catholic Church differentiates itself from Protestantism .
1829: Depiction of a widow burning


1872: Mary Celeste
  • 1872 : The cargo ship Mary Celeste is discovered as a ghost ship in the Azores on the Atlantic, drifting without a pilot. There is no trace of the people on board.
  • 1974 : A Dutch Douglas DC-8 carrying Indonesian Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca on board crashes over Colombo, Sri Lanka. All 191 people die.
  • 1977 : A hijacked Boeing 737 of Malaysia Airlines exploded for unknown reasons about Joho Bahrain, Malaysia. Every 100 people on board die.
  • 2009 : 113 people died in a fire caused by fireworks in a nightclub in Perm , Russia .

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Catastrophe .

nature and environment

1934: Daisetsuzan National Park


Entries of track and field world records can be found under the respective discipline under track and field .


Before the 19th century

Jane Griffin (* 1791)

19th century

Erwin von Witzleben (* 1881)
Francisco Franco (* 1892)

20th century





Maite Kelly (* 1979)
Marteria (* 1982)


Before the 15th century

15th to 18th century

Richelieu († 1642)
Thomas Hobbes († 1679)

19th century

Adolph Kolping († 1865)

20th century



21st century

Holidays and memorial days

  • Church memorial days
    • St. Barbara of Nicomedia , virgin, martyr and patron saint (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic, Syrian)
    • St. John of Damascus , monk, theologian and church father (Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Protestant: ELCA , LCMS )

The list of days of remembrance and action contains further entries .

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