What Happened On This Day – December 4
1991 Pan Am ceases operations
The Pan American World Airways, the largest airline in the United States began operations in October 1927.
1982 China adopts its current constitution
The Constitution of the People's Republic of China replaced the Constitutions of 1954, 1975, and 1978.
1980 Led Zeppelin disbands
The British rock band announced that it was disbanding 12 years after coming on the music scene after the death of drummer John Bonham.
1978 Dianne Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco
A United States Senator from California, Feinstein became the 38th mayor of San Francisco after the murder of George Moscone.
1791 First Sunday paper published
The Observer, a British newspaper became the first newspaper in the world to be published and read on a Sunday.
Births On This Day,
American rapper, producer, actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records
1964 Marisa Tomei
1949 Jeff Bridges
American actor, singer, producer
1923 Charles Keating
American lawyer, businessman
1892 Francisco Franco
Spanish general, politician, Caudillo of Spain
Deaths On This Day,
1993 Frank Zappa
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1976 Benjamin Britten
English composer, conductor, pianist
1975 Hannah Arendt
German/American theorist, philosopher
1893 John Tyndall
1123 Omar Khayyám
Persian mathematician, astronomer, poet