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Today in History: Sunday, December  04, 2016
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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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1783Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1816James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.
1918President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles peace conference.
1942U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II.
1945The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
1978Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.
1980The rock group Led Zeppelin announced it was disbanding after the death in September of drummer John Bonham.
1980The bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.)
1991Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.
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1995The first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission.
2001The United States froze the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to the terrorist group Hamas.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Jeff Bridges turns 67 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Wink MartindaleGame show host83
Chris HillmanRock singer, musician (The Byrds)72
Johnny LyonRock singer (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)68
Cassandra WilsonJazz singer61
Fred ArmisenActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")50
Jay-ZRapper47
Tyra BanksModel, TV host ("America's Next Top Model")43
Actress Marisa Tomei turns 52 years old today.
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