On December 4:
colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembarked in Virginia and gave thanks to God (this is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving in the Americas).
The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)
1745 Charles Edward Stuart’s army reached
Derby, its furthest point during the second Jacobite rising.
1791 The first edition of
, the world’s first Sunday The Observer newspaper, was published.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian, was born.
Samuel Butler, English writer, was born.
1872 The crewless
American ship was found by the Mary Celeste British brig Dei Gratia (the ship had been abandoned for 9 days but was only slightly damaged).
1881 The first edition of the
Los Angeles Times was published.
Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain, was born.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sailed for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
Ronnie Corbett, Scottish actor, was born.
Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born actress, was born.
Great Smog of 1952: A cold fog descended upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the following months.
1954 The first
Burger King opened in Miami, Florida.
Montreux Casino in Switzerland was set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song “ Smoke on the Water“.
Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco, California’s first female mayor.
1966 The state monopoly on commercial radio broadcasting was
challenged by the pirate station Radio Hauraki’s first scheduled transmission from the vessel Tiri in the Colville Channel.
English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbandsed following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
Led Zeppelin in 1968. From left to right: John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones
Terry A. Anderson was released after 7 years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut.
1991 Captain Mark Pyle piloted
Clipper Goodwill, a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.