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This Day In History — Washington delivers farewell to his officers

December 04

1783
George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.

1816
James Monroe of Virginia was elected (by electors) the fifth president of the United States.

1875
William Marcy “Boss” Tweed of New York’s Tammany Hall escaped from jail and fled the country.

1945
The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.

1978
Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first female mayor.

1991
Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is released after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon.

1993
Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died at age 52.

2003
Interpol put the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on its most-wanted list.

Birthdays

Francisco Franco

1892–1975, Spanish general and leader.

John Cotton

clergyman (1584)

Thomas Carlyle

essayist, historian (1795)

Lillian Russell

soprano (1861)

Edith Cavell

nurse (1865)

Rainer Maria Rilke

poet (1875)

Dennis Wilson

pop musician (1944)

Jeff Bridges

actor (1949)

Jay-Z

rapper, producer (1969)

Tyra Banks

model (1973)

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