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4th December


1154 Nicholas Breakspear became Adrian IV, the only Englishman to become Pope.

1791 Britain's oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer, was first published.

1892 * General Francesco Franco, Spanish dictator and head of government in 1939.

1922 * Deanna Durbin, Canadian singer and actress.

1930 * Ronnie Corbett, Scottish-born comedian and one half of a double act with Ronnie Barker.

1932 * Maria Callas, Greek/American operatic soprano was born in New York.

1937 Cartoon character "Desperate Dan", appeared in the first ever issue, of the "Dandy" comic.

1949 * Jeff Bridges, US actor who starred in the film The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

1961 The birth control pill became available on the British National Health Service.

1965 The US launched the Gemini VII spacecraft to link up with Gemini VI in space.

1971 At least 10 people died and 17 were injured after a bomb exploded in McGurk's Bar, a crowded Catholic pub in Belfast.

1976 Tributes were paid to a modest and "brilliant" composer Benjamin Britten, 63, who died at his home in Aldeburgh, in Suffolk.

1988 South West England was buffeted by 70mph gale force winds, causing considerable damage.

1991 The final American hostage in Lebanon, Terry Anderson, was released by his captors after almost seven years of captivity.

2003 The United States withdrew a punitive tax on imported steel to avoid a damaging trade war between America and Europe.


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