4th November, on this day

1333 Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani.
1501 Catherine of Aragon (later Henry VIII's 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 was nearly destroyed).
1677 The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later be known as William and Mary
1737 The Teatro di San Carlo is inaugurated - oldest continuously active theatre in Europe
1791 The Western Confederacy of American Indians win a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.
1825 The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour.
1839 The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.
1842 Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill
1845 1st nationally observed uniform election day in US
1852 For the first time in its history, journalists are allowed into the House of Commons to report debates
1852 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.
1854 Lighthouse established on Alcatraz Island
1856 United States presidential election, 1856 : Democrat James Buchanan wins the US presidential election defeating Republican candidate John Fremont
1861 University of Washington founded in Seattle
1862 Gatling gun patented (Richard J Gatling)
1864 Battle of Johnsonville - Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
1866 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
1867 90 kegs of powder used to get rock from Telegraph Hill for seawall
1873 Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown
1875 "Pacific" collides with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash, 236 dies
1879 James and John Ritty patent 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in their Dayton, Ohio saloon
1890 Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
1890 City & South London Railway : London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell.
1909 The opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" is produced (Munich)
1914 The first Fashion Show is organised by Edna Woolman Chase of Vogue Magazine at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York
1918 40,000 sailors take over the port in Kiel in the German Revolution
1921 The Sturmabteilung or SA is formally formed by Adolf Hitler
1921 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.
1921 Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome.
1922 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings
1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected as the first female governor in the United States.
1929 Violinist Yehudi Menuhin makes his London debut aged 12
1939 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
1939 1st air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Ill
1939 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 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.
1946 UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation formed
1952 United States presidential election, 1952 : Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democrat Adlai Stevenson (correctly predicted by the UNIVAC computer).
1952 The US National Security Agency is founded
1952 8.25 Richter scale earthquake in Kamchatka.
1956 Soviet troops enter Hungary to end the Hungarian revolution that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country.
1956 Israel captures Straits of Tiran from Egypt and Israeli troops reach Suez Canal
1957 2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched
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 final atmospheric nuclear test ever conducted by the United States.
1963 John Lennon utters his infamous "Rattle your jewellery" line at the Royal Command Variety Performance ("The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands... and if the rest of you would just rattle your jewelry.")
1965 Lee Breedlove sets female land speed record (308.56 MPH)
1966 Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works
1970 Vietnamization - The United States turns control of the Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta over to South Vietnam.
1970 Genie, a 13 year old feral child was found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life.
1973 The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.
1978 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
1979 Iran hostage crisis begins : 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah back to Iran to stand trial.
1980 United States presidential election, 1980 : Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter in a landslide victory, exactly 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
1981 Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
1984 Nicaragua holds 1st free elections in 56 years; Sandinistas win 63%
1987 Lisa Steinberg, battered into coma by her adoptive father
1990 Iraq says it is preparing for a "dangerous war"
1990 Secretary of State James Baker visits US troops in Saudi Arabia
1991 Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain 1993 A China Airlines Boeing 747 overran Runway 13 at Hong Kong's Kai Tak International Airport while landing during a typhoon, injuring 22 people
1994 In Britain, 400 years' shipbuilding comes to an end at the Swann Hunter Shipyard with the launch of the Royal Naval Frigate ' Richmond'
1994 San Francisco: First conference that focusses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
1995 Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli.
2002 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
2003 The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.

November 4th 2005

Protesters mass to confront Bush

French riots 'need time to solve'

Pakistan postpones F-16 purchase

November 4th 2006

Iraqi PM condemns Saddam 'crimes'

India temple stampede kills four

Hungary mourns crushed uprising

November 4th 2007

Emergency may delay Pakistan poll

Seven freed Europeans leave Chad

King Tut's face unveiled to world

November 4th 2008

Obama wins historic US election

Philippine ferry sinking kills 39

Baghdad rocked by fresh bombings

November 4th 2009

General Motors cancels Opel sale

Iran police clash with protesters

CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap

November 4th 2010

Qantas grounds A380s after emergency

Cuba plane crash kills all 68

Costa Rica landslide kills 20

November 4th 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 4th:

1650 William III of Orange, king of England (1689-1702)
1862 Eden Phillpotts England, novelist/poet/playwright (Red Madymaynes)
1873 GE Moore English philosopher (Ethics)
1876 James Fraser designed buffalo nickel
1879 Will Rogers Oologah Indian Territory (Oklahoma), humorist
1886 Ian Wolfe Canton IL, actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors)
19-- Barbara Howard Chicago IL, actress (Robin-Falcon Crest)
19-- Frank Dicostanzo CT, rocker (Steelheart-She's Gone)
1900 Luigi Lucioni Italian, landscape painter (opera stars)
1906 Bob Considine sports columnist (Bob Feller Story)
1909 Ciro Alegria Peru, novelist (Golden Serpent)
1912 Pauline Trigere fashion designer (Bell Bottoms)
1913 Gig Young St Cloud MN, actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They)
1916 Walter Cronkite St Joseph MO, news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81)
1918 Art Carney Mount Vernon NY, actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners)
1918 Cameron Mitchell Dallastown PA, actor (Buck-High Chaparral)
1919 Martin Balsam NYC, actor (Murray-Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22)
1929 Jimmy Piersall baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
1930 Doris Roberts St Louis MO, actress (Angie, Maggie, Emmy 1983)
1930 Kate Reid London England, actress (Heaven Help Us)
1931 Darla Hood Leedey OK, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
1932 Noam Pitlik Philadelphia PA, actor/director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart)
1937 Loretta Swit Passaic NJ, actress (Hotlips Houlihan-M*A*S*H)
1947 Aleksandr Tkachev USSR, parallel bars gymnast (Olympic-gold-1980)
1947 Alexei Ulanov USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
1949 Berlinda Tolbert Charlotte NC, actor (Jenny-Jeffersons)
1950 Markie Post [Marjorie], Palo Alto Cal, actress (Christine-Night Court)
1954 Chris Difford guitarist/vocalist (Squeeze-Tempted)
1955 Peter Boynton Maine, actor (Tonio-As the World Turns)
1962 Ralph Macchio Huntington NY, actor (Karate Kid, 8 is Enough)
1966 Kool Rock [Damon Wimbley], rapper (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
1966 Petra Verkaik Los Angeles CA, playmate (Dec, 1989)
1975 Heather Tom actress (Victoria-Young & Restless)
1979 Daisy Eagan Brooklyn NY, actress (Secret Garden)


Deaths which occurred on November 4th:
1984 Merie Earle actress (Maude-Waltons), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
1987 Raphael Soyer artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
1995 Yitzhak Rabin IDF Chief of Staff, diplomat and the fifth Prime Minister of the State of Israel, dies at 73

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