This Day in History :: 04 December
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04 December 2012 : The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) approves the deployment of MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles in a 40-km (25-mile)-wide zone along Turkey's border with Syria.
04 December 2011 : A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel conducting covert military surveillance is "brought down with minimum damage" near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government claims that the UAV was shot down or hacked by its electronic warfare unit.
04 December 2010 : Dagestan Airlines Flight 372, a Tupolev Tu-154, skids off the runway during emergency landing at Russia's Domodedovo International Airport, killing two of the 160 passengers on board and injuring 87.
04 December 2003 : 2003 Polish Air Force Mi-8 crash: Operated by the 36th Special Aviation Regiment with Poland’s Prime Minister Leszek Miller on board crashed near Piaseczno, just outside of Warsaw.
04 December 1998 : Launch: Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-88 at 03:35:34 EST (8:35:34 GMT). Mission highlights: ISS assembly flight 2A: Node 1. First Shuttle ISS assembly flight.
04 December 1991 : Pan Am, bankrupt since August 11, is finally dissolved after 63 years of operation.
04 December 1984 : Kuwait Airways Flight 221, flying from Kuwait City to Karachi, Pakistan, is hijacked by four Lebanese men and diverted to Tehran. Four hostages are killed and dumped on the tarmac, and the remaining passengers, especially Americans, are tortured every 5 min. Iranians eventually raid the aircraft and rescue all, but the hijackers were later released.
04 December 1983 : In reprisal to an attack on United States military bases in Beirut, 28 United States Navy A-6 Intruders attack suspected terrorist bases in Libya.
04 December 1977 : Malaysia Airlines Flight 653, a Boeing 737, is hijacked under mysterious circumstances; minutes later, the airliner crashes into a swamp near Tanjung Kupang, Malaysia at a steep angle, killing all 100 people aboard.
04 December 1976 : A fire in a hangar at HMAS Albatross (NAS Nowra), Australia, damages or destroys 12 of 13 Grumman S-2E Trackers of the Royal Australian Navy, assigned to squadrons VC851 and VS816. A 19-year old junior member of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy later admits to arson, but is found mentally unstable at his court martial.

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