Sunday 4 December 2016, 03:53:44
4 December 749
: John of Damascus, Syrian polymath, dies at the Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem, aged around 73.
4 December 1563
: The Council of Trent closes after eight years of discussion and ten years of delay with a condemnation of Protestantism.
4 December 1639
: English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks makes the first scientific observation of a transit of Venus in Europe from his home at Carr House in Much Hoole near Preston.
4 December 1795
: Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer, is born in Ecclefechan.
4 December 1892
: Francisco Franco, Spanish general and head of state, is born in Ferrol, Galicia.
4 December 1972
: The Pioneer 10 spacecraft reaches Jupiter.
4 December 1976
: Benjamin Britten, English composer, dies at his house in Aldeburgh, aged 63.
Mortgaging our future at the rate
of $1.5 billion a week
and financing our great Army
and Marine Corps with
supplemental legislation must stop
. ~ John Batiste, US Major General, commander of the First Infantry Division of the United States Army in Iraq, declined a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General, retired