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This Day in History for December 4 — U.S. Joins the U.N., and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1875: Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees the country (more info)

1918: President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first U.S. president to travel to Europe while in office (more info)

1945: The U.S. Senate approves the United States’ participation in the United Nations (more info)

1978: Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco’s first female mayor (more info)

1991: Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is released after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon (more info)

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