What happened on November 4? There are more than 246 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About November 4

November 4 In HistoryNovember 4 is the 308th day of the year 2021. There are 57 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 44th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Grand Island, New York 14072 sunrise will occur at 07:55 AM and sunset will occur at 06:03 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Scorpio. The modern birthstone for this month is Topaz while the mystical birthstone is Pearl.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 89 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For November 4

  • 1429
    Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.
  • 1501
    Catherine of Aragon (later Henry VIII’s first wife) meets Arthur Tudor, Henry VIII’s older brother – they would later marry.
  • 1576
    Eighty Years’ War: In Flanders, Spain captures Antwerp (after three days the city is nearly destroyed).
  • 1677
    The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later jointly reign as William and Mary.
  • 1737
    The Teatro di San Carlo is inaugurated.
  • 1783
    W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.
  • 1791
    The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.
  • 1839
    The Newport Rising: the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.
  • 1847
    Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1852
    Count Camillo Benso di Cavour becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.
  • 1861
    The University of Washington opens in Seattle, Washington as the Territorial University.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Johnsonville – Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
  • 1890
    City & South London Railway: London’s first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell.
  • 1918
    World War I: Austria-Hungary surrenders to Italy.
  • 1921
    Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.
  • 1921
    The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome.
  • 1921
    The Sturmabteilung or SA, whose members were known as “brownshirts”, physically assault Adolf Hitler’s opposition after his speech in Munich.
  • 1922
    In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 1924
    Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.
  • 1939
    World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939, allowing cash-and-carry purchases of weapons by belligerents.
  • 1942
    World War II: Second Battle of El Alamein – Disobeying a direct order by Adolf Hitler, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel leads his forces on a five-month retreat.
  • 1944
    World War II: Bitola Liberation Day
  • 1952
    The United States government establishes the National Security Agency.
  • 1955
    After being destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
  • 1956
    Soviet troops enter Hungary to end the Hungarian revolution against the Soviet Union, that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country.
  • 1960
    At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.
  • 1962
    In a test of the Nike-Hercules air defense missile, Shot Dominic-Tightrope is successfully detonated 69,000 feet above Johnston Island. It would also be the last atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States.
  • 1966
    The Arno River flooded Florence, Italy, to a maximum depth of 6.7 m, leaving thousands homeless and destroying millions of masterpieces of art and rare books.
  • 1970
    Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: Vietnamization – The United States turns control of the Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta over to South Vietnam.
  • 1973
    The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters.
  • 1979
    Iran hostage crisis begins: a group of Iranians, mostly students, invades the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American).
  • 1993
    A China Airlines Boeing 747 overruns Runway 13 at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Airport while landing during a typhoon, injuring 22 people.
  • 1994
    San Francisco: First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • 1995
    Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli.
  • 2002
    Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.
  • 2008
    Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  • 2008
    Proposition 8 passes in California, revoking state recognition of LGBT marriages.

Who Were Born On November 4?

  • 1448
    King Alphonso II of Naples (d. 1495)
  • 1575
    Guido Reni, Italian painter (d. 1642)
  • 1618
    Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor (d.1707)
  • 1631
    Mary of Orange, eldest daughter of Charles I of England and mother of William III of England (d. 1660)
  • 1661
    Karl III Philip, Elector Palatine (d. 1742)
  • 1740
    Augustus Montague Toplady, English author of hymn “Rock of Ages” (d. 1778)
  • 1765
    Pierre-Simon Girard, French mathematician (d. 1836)
  • 1809
    Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • 1816
    Stephen Johnson Field, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1899)
  • 1836
    Henry J. Lutcher, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1845
    Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (d. 1883)
  • 1868
    Carolina Otero, a.k.a La Belle Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan (d. 1965)
  • 1874
    Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (d. 1920)
  • 1879
    Will Rogers, American humorist (d. 1935)
  • 1883
    Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek general (d. 1953)
  • 1884
    Harry Ferguson, British aviator and inventor (d. 1960)
  • 1887
    Alfred Lee Loomis, American physicist, philanthropist, scientific research patron (d. 1975)
  • 1890
    Alfred Henschke, ps. Klabund, German writer and poet (d. 1928)
  • 1896
    Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957–1960) (d. 1971)
  • 1899
    Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (d. 1985)
  • 1900
    Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist (d. 1954)
  • 1901
    Princess Bang-ja of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1901
    Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)
  • 1906
    Sterling North, American author (d. 1974)
  • 1907
    Draga Matkovic, German concert pianist
  • 1908
    Józef Rotblat, Polish physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2005)
  • 1908
    Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (d. 1997)
  • 1909
    Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1909
    Evelyn Johnson, American aviator
  • 1909
    Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    Vadim Salmanov, Russian composer (d. 1978)
  • 1913
    Gig Young, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1916
    John Basilone, American marine and Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1945)
  • 1916
    Ruth Handler, American businesswoman and inventor of the Barbie doll (d. 2002)
  • 1916
    Walter Cronkite, American news broadcaster (d. 2009)
  • 1918
    Art Carney, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1918
    Cameron Mitchell, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1919
    Martin Balsam, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1922
    Benno Besson, Swiss actor (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Eugene Sledge, American marine and author (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Freddy Heineken, Dutch businessman (d. 2002)
  • 1923
    Howie Meeker, Canadian ice hockey player and politician
  • 1925
    Ritwik Ghatak, Indian Filmmaker and script writer (d. 1976)
  • 1926
    Carlos Valdes, conga player, born in Cuba, lived in USA, known as “Patato” (d. 2007)
  • 1928
    Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (d. 1997)
  • 1928
    Larry Bunker, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist (d. 2005)
  • 1929
    Anastasios, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Tirana
  • 1929
    Dickie Valentine, British singer (d. 1971)
  • 1929
    Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (d. 1987)
  • 1930
    Dick Groat, American baseball player
  • 1930
    Doris Roberts, American actress
  • 1930
    John Hahn-Petersen, Danish actor (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop Emeritus of Boston,
  • 1932
    Thomas Klestil, former President of Austria (d. 2004)
  • 1932
    Tommy Makem Irish folk singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    C. Odumegwu Ojukwu, Nigerian politician
  • 1933
    Tito Francona, American baseball player
  • 1936
    C. K. Williams, American poet
  • 1937
    Loretta Swit, American actress
  • 1937
    Michael Wilson, Canadian politician
  • 1939
    Shakuntala Devi, Indian calculating prodigy
  • 1940
    Delbert McClinton, American musician
  • 1943
    Bob Wollek, French race car driver (d. 2001)
  • 1943
    Clark Graebner, American tennis player
  • 1943
    Marlène Jobert, French actress
  • 1944
    Linda Gary, American voice actress (d. 1995)
  • 1944
    Scherrie Payne, American singer (The Supremes)
  • 1946
    Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer
  • 1946
    Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States
  • 1946
    Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer (d. 1989)
  • 1950
    Charles Frazier, American author
  • 1950
    Markie Post, American actress
  • 1951
    Cosey Fanni Tutti, English performance artist (Throbbing Gristle, Chris and Cosey)
  • 1951
    Traian Băsescu, President of Romania
  • 1953
    Carlos Gutierrez, American politician and 35th United States Secretary of Commerce
  • 1953
    Dr. Marvel Williamson, American educator
  • 1953
    Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian racing driver
  • 1953
    Richie Green, Canadian actor
  • 1954
    Chris Difford, English musician and songwriter (Squeeze)
  • 1955
    Matti Vanhanen, Finnish politician, former Prime Minister
  • 1955
    Moulana Ghousavi Shah, Author, (Secretary General: The Conference of World Religions)
  • 1956
    James Honeyman-Scott, English guitarist (The Pretenders) (d. 1982)
  • 1956
    Jordan Rudess, American musician (Dream Theater)
  • 1956
    Tom Greenhalgh, multimedia artist and singer-songwriter known for his work with the Mekons
  • 1957
    Tony Abbott, Australian politician
  • 1958
    Anne Sweeney, American television executive
  • 1959
    Ken Kirzinger, Canadian actor and stuntman
  • 1960
    Frl. Menke, German pop singer of the Neue Deutsche Welle
  • 1960
    Kathy Griffin, American comedian
  • 1960
    Marc Awodey, American artist and writer
  • 1961
    Daron Hagen, American composer
  • 1961
    Edward Knight, American composer
  • 1961
    Les Sampou, American musician
  • 1961
    Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1961
    Ralph Macchio, American actor
  • 1962
    Jeff Probst, American television host
  • 1963
    Lena Zavaroni, Scottish artist and singer (d. 1999)
  • 1963
    Marc Déry, Canadian singer and guitarist (Zébulon)
  • 1963
    Michel Therrien, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1963
    Rosario Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1964
    Kurt Krakowian, American actor
  • 1965
    Jeff Scott Soto, American musician (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey)
  • 1965
    Malandra Burrows, English actress and singer
  • 1965
    Pata, Japanese musician
  • 1965
    Wayne Static, American musician (Static-X)
  • 1967
    Eric Karros, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1968
    Miles Long, American pornographic actor and director
  • 1969
    Matthew McConaughey, American actor
  • 1969
    Sean “Diddy” Combs, American record producer and rapper
  • 1970
    Bethenny Frankel, American chef and television personality
  • 1970
    Malena Ernman, Swedish opera singer
  • 1970
    Tim DeBoom, American triathlete
  • 1972
    Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer
  • 1972
    Tabassum Hashmi, Indian actress
  • 1974
    Cedric Bixler-Zavala, American musician (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta)
  • 1974
    Louise Redknapp, English singer, television presenter
  • 1975
    Éric Fichaud, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Curtis Stone, Australian chef and television personality
  • 1975
    Eduard Kokcharov, Russian handball player
  • 1975
    Heather Tom, American actress
  • 1975
    Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (d. 2010)
  • 1975
    Mikki Moore, American basketball player
  • 1975
    Orlando Pace, American football player
  • 1976
    Bruno Junqueira, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1976
    Daniel Bahr, German politician
  • 1976
    Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer
  • 1976
    Peter Van Houdt, Belgian footballer
  • 1977
    Hannelore Knuts, Belgian fashion model
  • 1977
    Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
  • 1977
    So Ji-sub, South Korean swimmer, model and actor
  • 1977
    Tonicha Jeronimo, British actress
  • 1978
    Danny Salomon, American actor
  • 1978
    John Grabow, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Audrey Hollander, American pornographic actress
  • 1979
    Jesse Camp, American VJ
  • 1979
    Trishelle Cannatella, American reality TV cast member and model
  • 1980
    Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1980
    Marcy Rylan, American actress
  • 1980
    Richard Owens, American football player
  • 1980
    Sabrina Colie, Jamaican actress
  • 1981
    Guy Martin, English motorcycle racer
  • 1981
    Vince Wilfork, American football player
  • 1982
    Devin Hester, American football player
  • 1986
    Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver
  • 1986
    Alexz Johnson, Canadian singer and actress
  • 1987
    T.O.P, Korean rapper (Big Bang)
  • 1987
    Tim Breukers, Dutch footballer
  • 1997
    Bea Binene, Filipina actress

Who Died On November 4?

  • 1411
    Khalil Sultan, ruler of Transoxonia (b. 1384)
  • 1652
    Jean-Charles de la Faille, Flemish mathematician (b. 1597)
  • 1658
    Antoine Le Maistre, French Jansenist (b. 1608)
  • 1669
    Johannes Cocceius, Dutch theologian (b. 1603)
  • 1698
    Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician and mathematician (b. 1625)
  • 1702
    John Benbow, English admiral (b. 1653)
  • 1704
    Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)
  • 1781
    Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (b. 1721)
  • 1801
    William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
  • 1847
    Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (b. 1809)
  • 1847
    Thieu Tri, the third emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam (b. 1807)
  • 1856
    Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (b. 1797)
  • 1893
    Pierre Tirard, French politician (b. 1827)
  • 1906
    John H. Ketcham, American politician (b. 1832)
  • 1918
    Wilfred Owen, English poet (b. 1893)
  • 1924
    Gabriel Fauré, French composer (b. 1845)
  • 1924
    Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1928
    Arnold Rothstein, American gambler (b. 1882)
  • 1930
    Buddy Bolden, American musician (b. 1877)
  • 1931
    Luigi Galleani, Italian anarchist (b. 1861)
  • 1950
    Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 1955
    Cy Young, American baseball player (b. 1867)
  • 1957
    Shoghi Effendi, Israeli religious figure (b. 1897)
  • 1968
    Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 1969
    Carlos Marighella, Brazilian politician (b. 1911)
  • 1974
    Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (b. 1909)
  • 1975
    Francis Dvornik, Czech historian (b. 1893)
  • 1975
    Izzat Husrieh, Syrian journalist and publisher (b. 1914)
  • 1980
    Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1905)
  • 1982
    Dominique Dunne, American actress (b. 1959)
  • 1986
    Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    Kleanthis Vikelidis, Greek footballer (b. 1916)
  • 1992
    George Klein, Canadian inventor (b. 1904)
  • 1994
    Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitar player MC5 (b. 1949)
  • 1994
    Sam Francis, American painter (b. 1923)
  • 1995
    Eddie Egan, American actor and police officer (b. 1930)
  • 1995
    Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 1995
    Morrie Schwartz, Sociology professor at Brandeis University and an author (b. 1916)
  • 1995
    Paul Eddington, British actor (b. 1927)
  • 1995
    Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli prime minister; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Richard Hooker, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 1999
    Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1958)
  • 2002
    Nakis Avgerinos, Greek politician (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2005
    Sheree North, American actress and singer (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American memoirist (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Frank Arthur Calder, Canadian politician and Nisga'a statesman (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Peter Viertel, German-born American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • 2008
    Michael Crichton, American author (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Hubertus Brandenburg, Swedish Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2010
    Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • 2010
    Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)

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