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, 1,478,217,600 seconds 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

  • 1737
    The Teatro di San Carlo is inaugurated.
  • 1791
    The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.
  • 1847
    Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1921
    The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome.
  • 1922
    In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 4?

  • 1816
    Stephen Johnson Field, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1899)
  • 1868
    Carolina Otero, a.k.a La Belle Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan (d. 1965)
  • 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)
  • 1912
    Vadim Salmanov, Russian composer (d. 1978)
  • 1930
    John Hahn-Petersen, Danish actor (d. 2006)
  • 1956
    Tom Greenhalgh, multimedia artist and singer-songwriter known for his work with the Mekons
  • 1961
    Les Sampou, American musician
  • 1963
    Rosario Flores, Spanish singer and actress

Who died on November 4?

  • 1669
    Johannes Cocceius, Dutch theologian (b. 1603)
  • 1801
    William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
  • 1856
    Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (b. 1797)
  • 1906
    John H. Ketcham, American politician (b. 1832)
  • 1968
    Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 1980
    Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1905)
  • 1986
    Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1995
    Eddie Egan, American actor and police officer (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1958)
  • 2003
    Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)

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