Historical Political Events for December 4

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Year Event
1803 French forces surrender Môle Saint-Nicolas to Dessalines' army, officially ending French presence on the island of Haiti.
1933 FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration. Later absorbed into the Internal Revenue Service
1942 Works Progress Administration (WPA) dismantled. [A rare event -- a no longer needed government program is actually shut down!]
1969 Following a White House conference on food, nutrition, and health, Pres. Nixon (R) ordered the extension of the food stamp program and substantial increases in allowances.
1984 Four Islamic Jihad terrorists hijacked a Kuwaiti airliner bound for Pakistan from Kuwait and ordered it flown to Tehran. Two USAID personnel were killed during the hijacking, while two others, another USAID official and an American businessman, were tortured during the ordeal. Iranian troops stormed the aircraft on December 9, retaking it from the hijackers.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the US Navy (NAVFACENG): "REPLACE A/C SYSTEMS, DEERPOINT BOQ (Bachelor Officer's Quarters) BUILDING 1670, U. S. NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA", AMT $1,019,355.45, TO Burns and Roe Services Corporation. [Hey, Mr. Procurement, did you inquire with those Cubans down there how much they would have charged for that air conditioning job? I understand they are real strapped for cash right now.]
2000 U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Florida Supreme Court's decision to extend the deadline for certifying the Florida presidential election results.
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Quote of
the Day
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into.
    — Jonathan Swift
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