- 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
James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon
On November 4, 1879