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 This day in History - December 4
377 Historic Events for December 4
1812

Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower

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1816

James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King

Event
1818

William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army)

Birth
1822

Frances Crabbe, England, feminist founded Anti-Vivisection Society

Birth
1825

Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer

Birth
1829

Britain abolished "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre

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1832

French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp

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1833

American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Phila

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1835

Samuel Butler, England, author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh)

Birth
1836

Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa

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1836

Daniel Read, composer, dies at 79

Death
1838

Melesio Morales, composer

Birth
1843

Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri," premieres in Leipzig

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1843

Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented, Mass

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1844

James K Polk elected 11th president of US

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1851

Pres Louis Napolean Boaparte forces crush a coup d'etat in France

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1858

Billy Gunn, cricketer (Notts and England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99)

Birth
1861

Lillian Russell, [Helen Leonard], US, singer/actress (Great Mogul)

Birth
1863

Storm flood ravages Nethe coastal provinces

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1864

Romanian Jews are forbidden to practice law

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1864

Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek) GA

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1865

Edith Louisa Cavell, England, nurse (WW I)

Birth
1866

Vassily V Kandinsky, Russ/Ger/Fr abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration)

Birth
1867

Grange organized to protect farm interests

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1868

Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter

Birth