MY COUSIN VINNY
On December 4, 1964: Marisa Tomei was born in Brooklyn. Best known for her iconic role as Mona Lisa Vito (for which she won an Academy Award) in My Cousin Vinny, Tomei is also recognized for her work in Unhook the Stars, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, and In The Bedroom.
THE BOSS WENT ON THE LAM
On December 4, 1875: Boss Tweed, of Tammany Hall infamy, escaped from prison and went first to Cuba and then later to Spain. Known for being the boss of the Democratic Party Political Machine, Boss Tweed was incredibly influential, allowing him to commit crimes (circling around taking money from the City) for which he is infamous.
WASHINGTON SAID ADIEU
On December 4, 1783: US General George Washington bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army at Fraunces Tavern after British troops evacuated New York. He said, “[w]ith a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”