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On This Day in History - 4th December


1865Edith Cavell, English nurse who was executed by the Germans
1875Edgar Wallace, Prolific English 'Thriller' writer
1892General Franco, Spanish military dictator
1930Ronnie Corbett, Comedian and partner of Ronnie Barker
1932Maria Callas, Greek/American operatic soprano
1942Chris Hillman, Member of the Pop group 'The Byrds'
1949Jeff Bridges, Screen star; son of Lloyd Bridges and brother of Beau
1950Pamela Stephenson, Australian born comedy actress


1154Nicolas Breakspear became the first, and only, British Pope
1732The poet and playwright, John Gay, died in London
1791The first issue of 'The Observer', the UK's oldest Sunday newspaper, was published
1937'Desperate Dan', the strip cartoon character, appeared in the first ever issue, of the 'Dandy' comic
1959A monkey returned to earth safely, after being launched into orbit 55 miles high by the US
1961The birth control pill was made available on the British NHS
1988South West England was swept by 70mph gale force winds, causing much damage