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

  • 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.
  • 1737
    The Teatro di San Carlo is inaugurated.
  • 1921
    Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.
  • 1924
    Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: Vietnamization – The United States turns control of the Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta over to South Vietnam.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

Who were born on November 4?

  • 1904
    Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)
  • 1913
    Gig Young, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1916
    Ruth Handler, American businesswoman and inventor of the Barbie doll (d. 2002)
  • 1937
    Michael Wilson, Canadian politician
  • 1951
    Cosey Fanni Tutti, English performance artist (Throbbing Gristle, Chris and Cosey)
  • 1951
    Traian Băsescu, President of Romania
  • 1956
    Tom Greenhalgh, multimedia artist and singer-songwriter known for his work with the Mekons
  • 1961
    Daron Hagen, American composer
  • 1964
    Kurt Krakowian, American actor
  • 1968
    Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rican baseball player

Who died on November 4?

  • 1652
    Jean-Charles de la Faille, Flemish mathematician (b. 1597)
  • 1704
    Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)
  • 1801
    William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
  • 1847
    Thieu Tri, the third emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam (b. 1807)
  • 1955
    Cy Young, American baseball player (b. 1867)
  • 1975
    Izzat Husrieh, Syrian journalist and publisher (b. 1914)
  • 1994
    Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitar player MC5 (b. 1949)
  • 1997
    Richard Hooker, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (b. 1896)

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