WASHINGTON SAID PEACE OUT
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.”
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.
BORN ON THIS DAY: MARISA TOMEI
On December 4, 1964: Actress Marisa Tomei was born in Brooklyn.
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