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

  • 1677
    The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later jointly reign as William and Mary.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Johnsonville – Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
  • 1921
    Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.
  • 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
  • 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?

  • 1836
    Henry J. Lutcher, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1919
    Martin Balsam, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1928
    Larry Bunker, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Tommy Makem Irish folk singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1950
    Markie Post, American actress
  • 1954
    Chris Difford, English musician and songwriter (Squeeze)
  • 1956
    Jordan Rudess, American musician (Dream Theater)
  • 1961
    Daron Hagen, American composer
  • 1961
    Ralph Macchio, American actor
  • 1980
    Marcy Rylan, American actress

Who died on November 4?

  • 1411
    Khalil Sultan, ruler of Transoxonia (b. 1384)
  • 1698
    Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician and mathematician (b. 1625)
  • 1856
    Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (b. 1797)
  • 1975
    Izzat Husrieh, Syrian journalist and publisher (b. 1914)
  • 1994
    Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitar player MC5 (b. 1949)
  • 1995
    Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 2002
    Nakis Avgerinos, Greek politician (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2005
    Sheree North, American actress and singer (b. 1932)

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