On This Day for 4th November

Historical Events

  • 1576 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and captures Antwerp (after three days the city was nearly destroyed).
  • 1841 First wagon train arrives in California
  • 1862 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun (Indianapolis)
  • 1879 Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus
  • 1922 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt
  • 2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States
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Did You Know?

James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

On November 4th, 1879

Famous Weddings

  • 1842 U.S. first lady Mary Todd Lincoln (23) weds US president Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1911 Charles I of Austria marries Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma
  • 1939 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (22) weds inspector Sherwood Diller in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1978 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)
  • 2006 Radio and television journalist Alison Stewart (40) weds MSNBC vice-president of prime-time programming Bill Wolff (40) at the stylish New York restaurant Cipriani 23rd Street

Famous Divorces

  • 1940 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer
  • 1993 Nia Peeples files for divorce from Howard Hewett
  • 2009 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years
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