On This Day

On This Day in History for November 4 (Part 2)

Events in History


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1980 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 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.
  • 1989 Alexanderplatz demonstrations for political reforms draw over half a million people in East Berlin, significant event that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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 Kazakhstan
  • 1994 San Francisco: First conference that focuses 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2012 Bishop Tawadros appointed as the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • 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 orders 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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
  • 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change becomes effective
  • 2017 Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and other ministers on corruption charges, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
  • 2017 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • 2017 Scottish champions Celtic sets new all-time British record (63) for matches undefeated in all domestic football competitions beating St. Johnstone, 4-0 at McDiarmid Park
  • 2018 Death toll from week-long storm in Italy rises to 29 with death of nine people in floods in Casteldaccia, Sicily
  • 2018 New York City Marathon: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia runs 2:05:59, 2nd fastest men's time in history; Kenya's Mary Keitany captures her 4th women's NYC crown in 2:22:48
  • 2019 Largest mass commutation in US history when 462 non-violent inmates freed from Oklahoma prisons as part of state prison reforms
  • 2019 Major investigation finds unsafe lead levels in 11 Canadian cities between 2014 and 2018 mostly due to antiquated pipes
  • 2019 Nine members of a US Mexican Mormon family, including six children, shot and killed in attack by criminal gang in Northern Mexico

BattleBattle of Interest

2020 Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed orders military offensive and state of emergency in northern region of Tigray, amid fears of a civil war

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed

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