This Day In History — Birthday of General George Armstrong Custer

December 04

George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.

James Monroe of Virginia was elected (by electors) the fifth president of the United States.

William Marcy “Boss” Tweed of New York’s Tammany Hall escaped from jail and fled the country.

The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.

Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first female mayor.

Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is released after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon.

Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died at age 52.

Interpol put the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on its most-wanted list.


George Armstrong Custer

1839–1876, American military officer.

Born in New Rumley, Ohio; graduated from West Point, 1861.

Martin Van Buren

8th U.S. president (1782)

Christina Rossetti

poet (1830)

Bill Pickett

cowboy, rodeo star (1870)

Walt Disney

film producer (1901)

Strom Thurmond

U.S. senator (1902)

Otto Preminger

director, producer (1906)

Little Richard

musician (1932)

Joan Didion

writer (1934)

Frankie Muniz

actor (1985)

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