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, 24,636,960 minutes 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

  • 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).
  • 1847
    Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1921
    The Sturmabteilung or SA, whose members were known as “brownshirts”, physically assault Adolf Hitler’s opposition after his speech in Munich.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 1995
    Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli.
  • 2008
    Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

Who were born on November 4?

  • 1887
    Alfred Lee Loomis, American physicist, philanthropist, scientific research patron (d. 1975)
  • 1904
    Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)
  • 1916
    Walter Cronkite, American news broadcaster (d. 2009)
  • 1933
    Tito Francona, American baseball player
  • 1943
    Marlène Jobert, French actress
  • 1946
    Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer
  • 1957
    Tony Abbott, Australian politician
  • 1969
    Sean “Diddy” Combs, American record producer and rapper
  • 1972
    Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer
  • 1976
    Daniel Bahr, German politician

Who died on November 4?

  • 1652
    Jean-Charles de la Faille, Flemish mathematician (b. 1597)
  • 1704
    Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)
  • 1928
    Arnold Rothstein, American gambler (b. 1882)
  • 1982
    Dominique Dunne, American actress (b. 1959)
  • 1992
    George Klein, Canadian inventor (b. 1904)
  • 1995
    Morrie Schwartz, Sociology professor at Brandeis University and an author (b. 1916)
  • 2003
    Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2006
    Frank Arthur Calder, Canadian politician and Nisga'a statesman (b. 1915)

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