On This Day in
American History:
December 4

On December 4, 1783, one week after the last British soldiers left New York City, Manhattan’s Fraunces Tavern hosted a dinner for George Washington and his officers. After the feast General Washington bid a heartfelt farewell to each of his comrades, many of whom had served with him since the beginning of the American Revolution.

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Writing to Santa Claus

December 4, 1920

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Born in Clinton, Iowa on December 4, American singer and actress Lillian Russell was known for her beautiful voice. This image from about 1900 was around the time she starred in musicals named “Fiddle-dee-dee” and “Whoop-de-doo.”  

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Born December 4, 1949 Jeff Bridges is the son and brother of actors Lloyd and Beau. The winner of a number of awards in his acting long career, including an Oscar and an Emmy, he is also a musician and a photographer. As Jeffrey Lebowski would say, “The Dude abides.”

Image by Gage Skidmore, CCA-SA 3.0 Unported via Wikimedia Commons.

On December 4, 1816 James Monroe defeated U.S. Senator from New York and final Federalist Party candidate Rufus King to become the 5th President of The United States.

Image of James Monroe from 1816 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

On December 4, 1918 Woodrow Wilson became the first U.S. President, while in office, to travel to Europe.

President and Mrs. Wilson receiving flowers from the French Children in the town of Sarrey, France on Christmas Day in 1918.

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The first issue of the Los Angeles Daily Times was published on December 4, 1881.  

Image of the second LA Times building where operations for the newspaper were housed beginning in 1887. 
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