Daily Calendar for Monday, December 4, 2023


  • Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (French clergyman and statesman) –
  • Frank Zappa (musician) –
  • Besse Cooper (world’s oldest person at time of her death) –


  • Thomas Carlyle (historian) –
  • Deanna Durbin (actress) –
  • Ed Flesh (designer of the wheel on the TV game show Wheel of Fortuneβ€β€œ) –
  • Roberta Lynn Bondar (astronaut) –
  • Jeff Bridges (actor) –
  • Marisa Tomei (actress) –
  • Jay-Z (hip hop artist) –


  • At Fraunces Tavern in New York’s lower Manhattan, George Washington bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army, before traveling to Annapolis, Maryland, to resign his commission as commander-in-chief–
  • National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry founded–
  • Boss Tweed escaped jail–
  • Crew of shipwrecked tanker Kyzikes rescued, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina–
  • In its first aerial attack on Italy, the US bombs Naples–
  • First television appearance of Marcel Marceau–
  • Matisse’s Le Bateau rehung after being upside down in The Museum of Modern Art for 47 days, New York City –
  • Brenda Lee’s Christmas hit β€œRockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 65 years after its original release–


  • New Haven, Connecticut, received 20 inches of snow in the first of two major snowstorms that December–
  • The temperature dropped from 52 degrees F to 18 degrees F in 20 minutes, Livingston, Montana–
  • Central Park in NYC reached 72 degrees F–

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