On This Day: What happened on 4 December?


We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 4 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1534 | Sultan Suleiman Ottoman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad.

1945 | The Senate approves US participation in the United Nations.

1990 | Iraq announces the release of all 3 300 Soviet captives.

2013 | Xavier Bettel becomes openly the first gay Prime Minister of Luxenberg.

1918 | United States President Woodrow Wilson sails for the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

1969 | On this day, United States civil rights leader Fred Hampton, a charismatic member of the Black Panthers, was shot and killed during a police raid in Chicago. His death sparked public outrage, and subsequent investigations led to further investigations into FBI attempts to dismantle the Panthers and other Black organisations.


1945 | American evolutionary biologist, scientist and embryologist,  Thomas Hunt Morgan, 79.

1975 | German-American theorist and historian Hannah Arendt, 69.

1999 | California Supreme Court Judge (1977-1987), Rose Elizabeth Bird, 63.

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1969 | American rapper, businessman, entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer and investor, Jay-Z.

1982 | Serbian-Australian evangelist and motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic.

1991 | South African cricket player. He made his international debut for the South African cricket team in October 2019, George Linde.

1953 | South African physiologist and academic based at Stellenbosch University, Anton Albert van Niekerk.


1943 | Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club can sign Blacks.

2007 | Ballon d’Or: Milan Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named the world’s best footballer on this day.


1933 | Jack Kirkland’s play ‘Tobacco Road‘ was screened for the first time in NYC, becoming the longest-running drama of its kind.


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