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

  • 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.
  • 1847
    Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1918
    World War I: Austria-Hungary surrenders to Italy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Proposition 8 passes in California, revoking state recognition of LGBT marriages.

Who were born on November 4?

  • 1874
    Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (d. 1920)
  • 1931
    Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop Emeritus of Boston,
  • 1933
    C. Odumegwu Ojukwu, Nigerian politician
  • 1953
    Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian racing driver
  • 1957
    Tony Abbott, Australian politician
  • 1970
    Malena Ernman, Swedish opera singer
  • 1976
    Bruno Junqueira, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1979
    Audrey Hollander, American pornographic actress
  • 1987
    Tim Breukers, Dutch footballer
  • 1997
    Bea Binene, Filipina actress

Who died on November 4?

  • 1411
    Khalil Sultan, ruler of Transoxonia (b. 1384)
  • 1669
    Johannes Cocceius, Dutch theologian (b. 1603)
  • 1702
    John Benbow, English admiral (b. 1653)
  • 1847
    Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (b. 1809)
  • 1980
    Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1905)
  • 1988
    Kleanthis Vikelidis, Greek footballer (b. 1916)
  • 1994
    Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitar player MC5 (b. 1949)
  • 2002
    Nakis Avgerinos, Greek politician (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Frank Arthur Calder, Canadian politician and Nisga'a statesman (b. 1915)
  • 2011
    Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)

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