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This Day in History for December 4

1619 – 38 colonist from Berkeley Parrish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God.  Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.

1682 – First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

1836 – Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pa.

1844 – James Knox Polk elected 11th US President.

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

1901 – Anne Russell’s ‘Girl and the judge’ premieres in NYC.

1915 – Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sales fro Europe ‘to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas’

1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “Ten Commandments” premieres.

1927 – Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem.

1942 – FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA.

1965 – “Roar of the Greasepaint” closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances.

1970 – Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%.

1982 – 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)

1990 – Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC.

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

1992 – Somali Civil War: President George H.W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

1997 – “Diary of Anne Frank” opens at Music Box Theater NYC.

2010 – 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State.

2014 – The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began.

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