On This Day

What Happened on November 4

Important Events

  • 1576 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp
  • 1841 First wagon train arrives in California

Nov 4 in Film & TV

Nov 4 in Music

Nov 4 in Sport

  • 1987 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989

Did You Know?

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

On November 4, 1879

Would You Believe?

John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London

On November 4, 1963

Famous Weddings

  • 1817 German composer Carl Maria von Weber (30) weds opera singer Caroline Brandt
  • 1842 American socialite Mary Todd (23) weds Illinois Congressman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1911 Charles I of Austria marries Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma

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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