Today is Monday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2017. There are 27 days left in the year.
On Dec. 4, 1942, during World War II, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time with a raid on Naples. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.
In 1619, a group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Virginia, where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival.
In 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
In 1867, the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, also known as The Grange, was founded in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of farmers.
In 1945, the Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations by a vote of 65-7.
In 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for a jam session at Sun Records in Memphis.
In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard on a two-week mission. (While Gemini 7 was in orbit, its sister ship, Gemini 6A, was launched on Dec. 15 on a one-day mission; the two spacecraft were able to rendezvous within a foot of each other.)
In 1967, actor-comedian Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," died in New York at age 72.
In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. The original Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
In 1996, the Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward the red planet on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.)
Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 84. Actor Max Baer Jr. (Jethro on “The Beverly Hillbillies” is 80. Rock musician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 75. Actor Jeff Bridges is 68. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 66. Actress Patricia Wettig is 66. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 62. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 62. Actress Marisa Tomei is 53. Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 51. Rapper Jay-Z is 48. Actress-model Tyra Banks is 44.
Thought for Today: "Beauty is the promise of happiness." -- Marie-Henri Beyle, better known by his pen name, Stendhal, French author and critic (1783-1842).