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Today in History.

Byline: The Associated Press

In 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone. Now a U.S. senator, she is the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 4, 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. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims' arrival in Massachusetts.)

On this date:

In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.

In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard.

In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush scrapped import tariffs he'd imposed earlier to help the battered U.S. steel industry.

Five years ago: For the first time, an NFL game was broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. (Although the telecast was marred by technical glitches, fans were mostly forgiving as they watched the San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders, 34-7.)

Today's Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 80. Actor Jeff Bridges is 64. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 62. Actress Patricia Wettig is 62. Actor Tony Todd is 59. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 58. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 58. Rock musician Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) is 54. Actor Kevin Sussman is 43. Actress-model Tyra Banks is 40. Country singer Lila McCann is 32. Actress Lindsay Felton is 29. Actor Orlando Brown is 26.
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