AP Highlight in History: On Dec. 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.
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Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.
President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles peace conference.
U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II.
The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.
The rock group Led Zeppelin announced it was disbanding after the death in September of drummer John Bonham.
The bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.)
Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.
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The first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission.
The United States froze the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to the terrorist group Hamas.