Today in History: December 4

Today in History: December 4

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With the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire.

1861

The U.S. Senate, voting 36 to 0, expels Senator John C. Brekinridge of Kentucky because of his joining the Confederate Army.

1861

Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.

1862

Winchester, Va., falls into Union hands, resulting in the capture of 145 Southern soldiers.

1863

Seven solid days of bombardment ends at Charleston, S.C. The Union fires some 1,307 rounds.

1872

The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.

1900

The French National Assembly, successor to the States-General, rejects Nationalist General Mercier's proposal to plan an invasion of England.

1914

The first Seaplane Unit formed by the German Navy officially comes into existence and begins operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

1918

France cancels trade treaties in order to compete in the postwar economic battles.

1941

Operation Taifun (Typhoon), which was launched by the German armies on October 2, 1941, as a prelude to taking Moscow, is halted because of freezing temperatures and lack of serviceable aircraft.

1942

U.S. planes make the first raids on Naples, Italy.

1947

Tennessee William's play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.

1950

The University of Tennessee defies court rulings by rejecting five Negro applicants.

1952

The Grumman XS2F-1 makes its first flight.

1959

Peking pardons Pu Yi, ex-emperor of China and of the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo.

1981

President Ronald Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.

1985

Robert McFarland resigns as National Security Advisor. Admiral John Poindexter is named to succeed.

1991

The last American hostages held in Lebanon are released.

1992

US Pres. George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 troops to Somalia during the Somali Civil War.