What are the important events that happened on November 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 4 is the 309th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 57 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 22, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 410,616 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectaenneagon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 85 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,414 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 4 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1737
    The Teatro di San Carlo is inaugurated.
  • 1847
    Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Johnsonville – Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
  • 1921
    The Sturmabteilung or SA, whose members were known as “brownshirts”, physically assault Adolf Hitler’s opposition after his speech in Munich.
  • 1955
    After being destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 4?

  • 1765
    Pierre-Simon Girard, French mathematician (d. 1836)
  • 1907
    Draga Matkovic, German concert pianist
  • 1913
    Gig Young, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1923
    Freddy Heineken, Dutch businessman (d. 2002)
  • 1937
    Loretta Swit, American actress
  • 1970
    Bethenny Frankel, American chef and television personality
  • 1975
    Curtis Stone, Australian chef and television personality
  • 1976
    Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer
  • 1977
    Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Tonicha Jeronimo, British actress

Who died on November 4?

  • 1669
    Johannes Cocceius, Dutch theologian (b. 1603)
  • 1704
    Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)
  • 1801
    William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
  • 1847
    Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (b. 1809)
  • 1950
    Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 1968
    Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 1994
    Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitar player MC5 (b. 1949)
  • 2003
    Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Peter Viertel, German-born American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager (b. 1934)

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