December 4

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.

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