Dec 4 – Beginnings and an Ending

December 4 is the beginning point for institutions like the Santa Barbara Mission, the Los Angeles Times and the Mars Rover here in the U.S. and for the Grey Cup and Montreal Canadiens in Canada.  It also is the day Led Zeppelin broke up.


Santa Barbara Mission

The Mission Santa Barbara was founded.  It was the 10th mission founded in California.



Los Angeles Times Founded

Founded as the Los Angeles Daily Times, the Times has won 43 Pulitzer Prizes, six of which are gold medals for public service.  It was the largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country.


First Grey Cup and The Habs

The first Grey Cup (Canada’s Super Bowl equivalent) was held in Toronto with the  University of Toronto Varsity Blues beating the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 20-6.

The 103rd Grey Cup was held last week, with the Edmonton Eskimos beating the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20.

But this day is also the day Canada’s other great sports institution – the Montreal Canadians was founded.

Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team worldwide, and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise. They have won 24 championships, 22 of them since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup.  They are the last Canadian team to win the Cup.



Led Zeppelin Breaks Up

Two months after the death of its drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces its break up.


Mars Pathfinder Launch

Launched on December 4, 1996 by NASA aboard a Delta II booster a month after the Mars Global Surveyor was launched, it landed on July 4, 1997.  Its last transmission was September 27, 1997.


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