Events in History on November 4

  • 922 Richarius becomes bishop of Luik
  • 1333 Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani.
  • 1501 Philip de Blank & Juana "la Loca" depart to Spain
  • 1519 Flood ravages Dutch/Friese coast
  • 1520 Danish/Norwegian king Christian II crowned king of Sweden
  • 1529 English cardinal Thomas Wolsey arrested
  • 1576 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and captures Antwerp (after three days the city was nearly destroyed).
  • 1619 Frederik V crowned king of Bohemia
  • 1631 Ferdinand of Austria installed as land guardian of South Netherlands
  • 1645 Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Holly
  • 1646 Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God's word
  • 1675 Storm hits Western Europe: flood in Amsterdam
  • 1737 The Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, inaugurated.
  • 1771 Carlo Goldoni's "Le Bourru Bienfaisant" premieres in Paris
  • 1819 Māori Chiefs Hongi Hika and Rewa sell 13,000 acres (5260 hectares) at Kerikeri to the Church Missionary Society for 48 felling axes, New Zealand
  • 1839 The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.
  • 1841 First wagon train arrives in California
  • 1845 First nationally observed uniform election day in US
  • 1846 Benjamin Palmer patents artificial leg
  • 1852 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.
  • 1854 Lighthouse built on Alcatraz Island

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1856 James Buchanan elected 15th US president

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1861 University of Washington founded in Seattle
  • 1862 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun (Indianapolis)
  • 1864 Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
  • 1864 Naval Engagement at Reynoldsburg Island
  • 1866 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
  • 1867 90 kegs of powder used to get rock from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, for seawall
  • 1873 Dentist John Beers of SF patents gold crown
  • 1874 Samuel J Tilden elected governor of NY
  • 1875 Passenger Steamship "Pacific" collides with sailing vessel "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery Wash, 236 die
  • 1875 Tonga adopts constitution
  • 1875 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1879 Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus
  • 1879 James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

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1884 Grover Cleveland (D) beats James G Blaine (R) for his 1st presidential term. The only American president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 1886 Edward MacDowell's "Ophelia" premieres
  • 1890 Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
  • 1890 Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • 1893 Dr Jamesons Legertje occupies Bulawayo Matabeleland
  • 1901 Clyde Fitch's "Way of the World" premieres in NYC
  • 1903 Panama and Colombia wake up to news that the insurrectionists have declared an independent Republic of Panama
  • 1904 First stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium)
  • 1905 Dock strike against importing grain elevators in Rotterdam
  • 1910 Start of South Africa's 1st F-C game in Aust (v S Aust). It rained

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1910 Russian Tsar Nicholas II visits German Emperor Wilhelm II at Potsdam; they force tentative agreements on spheres of influence in the Middle East

Tsar Nicholas II
Nicholas II
German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1911 France & Germany signs treaty about Morocco & Congo
  • 1918 The Allied armistice with Austria-Hungary, signed 3 November, goes into effect

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1921 The Sturmabteilung or SA (the "Brown Shirts") is formally formed by Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1921 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.

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1922 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross elected first US female governor (Wyoming)

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1924 US President Calvin Coolidge re-elected

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

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1924 Stanley Baldwin becomes Britain's Prime Minister for a second time after a landslide victory over Ramsay MacDonald's Labour Party

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1928 Jose Moncada elected president of Nicaragua
  • 1929 John Baldridge' "Berkeley Square" premieres in NYC

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1929 Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould and their polar expedition team begin a 2½ month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains. The first exploration of the interior of Antarctica.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • 1931 Jean Genet's "Judith" premieres in Paris

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1933 Hermann Goering & Georgi Dimitrov duel

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933 Young Park (1) in the Bronx named in honor of James Young
  • 1939 First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 US allows "cash & carry" arms sales during WW II
  • 1940 Eggs & cake rationed in Netherlands
  • 1942 13th day of battle at El Alamein: Afrika Korps draws back out Fuka-posing
  • 1944 German troops reconquer Schmidt Hurtgenwald
  • 1944 RAF bombs Dinteloord, 54 killed
  • 1946 UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization formed

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1948 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1949 "One Man's Family" premieres on TV
  • 1950 Indonesian troops reconquer Ambonese capital Ambon
  • 1950 US troops vacate Pyongyang North Korea
  • 1952 Earthquake & flood strike Kamshatka-South America

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1952 General Dwight Eisenhower (R) elected 34th president of the USA, beating Adlai Stevenson (D)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953 Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia A's
  • 1953 New balk rule gives the batter option; of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk
  • 1954 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • 1956 200,000 Russian troops attack anti-Soviet movement in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1956 Israel captures Straits of Tiran & reach Suez Canal Egypt
  • 1957 2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched

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1958 Angelo G Roncalli crowned as pope John XXIII

  • 1958 Belgian minority government of Gaston Eyskens resigns
  • 1958 Democrats win US congressional election
  • 1961 Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1965 Lee Breedlove sets female land speed record (308.56 MPH) in Utah
  • 1966 Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113
  • 1968 Battles between Jordan army & Al Fatah-arm forces
  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people
  • 1970 Russian nuclear physicist Sacharov forms Human Rights Comittee
  • 1970 Genie, a 13 year old feral child was found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life.
  • 1972 Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • 1973 Thousands commemorate former Greek premier Georgios Papandreou
  • 1973 M Medoff's "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1978 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 500 Iranian "students" seize US embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)
  • 1980 Libyan invasion in Chad
  • 1980 Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Awards
  • 1981 Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
  • 1981 Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley
  • 1982 Ruud Lubbers becomes Dutch premier
  • 1983 Bomb attack on Israeli headquarter in Tyrus Lebanon, 60 killed
  • 1984 Nicaragua holds first free elections in 56 years; Sandinistas win 63%
  • 1987 Lisa Steinberg, battered into coma by her adoptive father Joel
  • 1989 Rene Muawad elected president of Lebanon
  • 1989 The congress of the Solidarity Party is inaugurated in Sweden. The congress decides, contrary to the proposal of the central committee, not to disband the party.
  • 1990 20th NYC Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil in 2:30:45
  • 1990 Iraq says it is preparing for a "dangerous war"
  • 1990 US Secretary of State James Baker visits American troops in Saudi Arabia
  • 1991 Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain

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1991 Imelda Marcos returns from exile to the Philippines and was arrested the next day for tax fraud and corruption. She was then released on $6,400 bail.

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • 1993 Bolivia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

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1993 Jean Chretien is appointed the Prime Minister of Canada by Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien
  • 1994 Soyuz TM-20 lands in Kazahkstan
  • 1994 San Francisco: First conference that focusses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • 2002 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • 2003 The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.
  • 2003 Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.
  • 2004 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.

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2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2012 Bishop Tawadros appointed as the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • 2012 Kimi Raikkonen wins Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012
  • 2012 Syrian rebels capture a major oil field in Deir ez-Zor Governorate
  • 2014 The US votes in mid-term elections: Republicans retain the house & regain the Senate
  • 2014 Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko orderes army reinforcements to key southern and eastern cities to combat potential rebel offensive
  • 2014 The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa
  • 2014 Tim Scott becomes the first African-American Senator in the south since the Reconstruction
  • 2014 Protectionist wins the 2014 Melbourne Cup
  • 2015 Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announces his resignation after protests over a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 32

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2015 Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and woman

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • 2015 Plane crashes after take-off from Juba international airport, South Sudan, killing 37, 1 year old survives in father's arms