2021 December

December 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 4

December 4th celebrates International Cheetah Day and Dice Day.

We are now on the 338th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There’s only 21 days left until Christmas.

For those of you who were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Is today a special day for you? Ever wondered who was born and died on this day? Well you’re about to find out all that and so much more as here we look at December 4th in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1965, the Gemini 7 space flight launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell? They spent almost 14 days in space, making 206 orbits of Earth.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 4th in history!

What Happened On December 4 In History?

2018

French couture house Chanel ended its use of fur and exotic skins, following suit of bans by other companies.

Source CNN
2017

The US Supreme Court allowed President Trump’s travel ban to come into effect for 6 predominantly Muslim countries.

Source NY Times
1991

Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

OTD in 1991: Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
Commonly known as Pan Am, this airline was one of the largest international airlines for over 60 years. However, the company eventually went bankrupt and shut down.
1980

Led Zeppelin announced their break-up, this was two months after the death of drummer John Bonham.

1977

Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowned himself the Emperor of Central Africa.

When he crowned himself, he did so in an extravagant coronation ceremony which cost $20 million dollars. This was one third of the nation's budget and all of France's aid money for that year.
1966

A military dog “Nemo” saved the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War.

Nemo survived a gunshot wound to the nose in the process.
1965

The Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell.

OTD in 1965: The Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell.
The objective was to investigate the effects of 14 days in space on the human body.
1961

A painting that had been hung upside down in a museum was finally flipped upright after going unnoticed for over a month.

At the Museum of Modern Art, Matisse Le Bateau's painting was accidentally hung upside down. This mistake was left for 47 days until a stockbroker noticed it.
Source Artnet
1952

A lethal fog began to cover London, lasting for 5 days, causing the term “smog” to be termed – a combination of smoke and fog.

1881

The Los Angeles Times was first published on as the Los Angeles Daily Times.

1791

The first edition of the world’s first Sunday newspaper, The Observer, was published.

Did you know that on this day, December 4th 1965, the Gemini 7 space flight launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell?