On this day: December 4

Published On: Dec 03 2012 06:14:12 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 04 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The U.S. Senate approves America's participation in the United Nations, Led Zeppelin disbands, and Pan Am collapses, all on this day.

OTD December 4 - James Monroe
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1816: Secretary of State James Monroe is elected the fifth president of the United States, defeating Federalist Party candidate Rufus King. Monroe won the Electoral College by the wide margin of 183 to 34, winning 16 out of 19 states and more than 68 percent of the popular vote.

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