On Dec. 4, 1879, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech at Bethel AME Church on teachers and public school. (Baltimore Sun files)
Dec. 4, 1954: The first Burger King stand was opened in Miami by James McLamore and David Edgerton.
Dec. 4, 1996: The Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward the red planet on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.)
Dec. 5, 1782: The eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, New York; he was the first chief executive to be born after American independence.
Dec. 5, 1791: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died...