What Happened on November 4

Significant Events

  • 1576 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp
  • 1841 First wagon train arrives in California
  • 1862 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis
  • 1879 African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus
  • 1922 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt
  • 2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain
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November 4 in Film & TV

November 4 in Music

  • 1876 Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden

November 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

  • 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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