Historical Events for 4th December 2018

1665 – Jean Racine’s “Alexandre le Grand” premieres in Paris
1829 – Britain outlaws “suttee” in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband’s funeral pyre)
1889 – Explorer Henery Morton Stanley’s expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean
1921 – The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ends in a hung jury
1927 – Dmitri Shostakovich’s 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
1957 – 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John’s, England)
1963 – Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)
1978 – Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
1990 – Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
1991 – Muslim Shi’ites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6½ years)

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