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This Day In History: Dec. 4

1783 Gen. George Washington bids farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
1961 Floyd Patterson retains the world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Tom McNeeley.
1991 Journalist Terry Anderson becomes the last U.S. hostage freed in Lebanon.
1997 Representatives of 121 nations conclude a meeting in Ottawa, Canada at which they sign a treaty banning the use and manufacture of land mines.
2001 The Israeli military advances to within 200 yards of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Ramallah headquarters two days after a suicide bomber killed himself and 15 others in Haifa.

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