1493 Nov 4 Christopher Columbus discovered Guadeloupe during his second expedition.
1520 Nov 4 Danish-Norwegian king Christian II was crowned king of Sweden.
1529 Nov 4 Thomas Wolsey, English Lord Chancellor and cardinal, was arrested.
1587 Nov 4 Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer, was baptized.
1702 Nov 4 John Benbow, English vice-admiral (Santa Marta), died.
1771 Nov 4 Carlo Goldoni’s “Le Bourru Bienfaisant,” premiered in Paris.
1798 Nov 4 Congress agreed to pay a yearly tribute to Tripoli, considering it the only way to protect U.S. shipping.
1841 Nov 4 The 1st wagon train arrived in California.
1842 Nov 4 Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
1846 Nov 4 Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith N.H. received a patent on an artificial human leg.
1863 Nov 4 From the main Confederate Army at Chattanooga, Tenn., Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s troops were sent northeast to besiege Knoxville
1873 Nov 4 Dentist John Beers of SF patented the gold crown.
1876 Nov 4 Johannes Brahms’ Symphony #1 in C, premiered at Karlsruhe.
1880 Nov 4 The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
1884 Nov 4 Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.
1908 Nov 4 The Brooklyn Academy of Music opened in NYC.
1909 Nov 4 Opera “Il Segreto di Susanna” was produced in Munich.
1918 Nov 4 Kiel, Germany, fell into the hands of revolutionary sailors. [see Nov 3]
1924 Nov 4 Gabriel Faure (b.1845), French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher, died in Paris. He was the foremost French composer of his generation. His musical style influenced many 20th century composers.
1930 Nov 4 New York reelected Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt by a landslide.
1933 Nov 4 Hermann Goring and Georgi Dimitrov had a duel.
1937 Nov 4 The Clifford Odets play “Golden Boy” opened at the Belasco Theatre in NYC.
1939 Nov 4 The United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing “cash and carry” purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.
1940 Nov 4 Lewis Hine, American social-documentary photographer, died.
1948 Nov 4 T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature.
1948 Nov 4 The International Military Tribunal for the Far East was concluded.
1950 Nov 4 The European Convention on Human Rights was signed in Rome. 5 protocols were added later. Alleged violations were handled by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
1953 Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (89), composer, died.
1956 Nov 4 Israel captured the Straits of Tiran and reached the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1958 Nov 4 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown was elected as democratic governor of California.
1958 Nov 4 Angelo G. Roncalli was crowned as Pope John XXIII.
1960 Nov 4 The film “Misfits” premiered. It was the final movie for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
1964 Nov 4 Lenny Bruce (d.1966), stand up comic, was arrested in NYC at the Cafe au Go Go on obscenity charges for his “bad language.” In 2003 Gov. George Pataki granted Bruce a posthumous pardon.
1969 Nov 4 Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from Soviet Writers Union.
1980 Nov 4 Ronald Reagan (69) was elected the 40th president of the United States. He beat President Carter (56) by a wide margin. In 1998 Jimmy Carter published “The Virtues of Aging.” Inflation and the crises in Iran caused Jimmy Carter to lose to Ronald Reagan, America’s oldest Pres.-elect.
1982 Nov 4 Jacques Tati (b.1909), French mime and director, died.
1989 Nov 4 Iran marked the 10th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy.
1990 Nov 4 Secretary of State James Baker visited US troops in the Saudi Arabian desert.
1992 Nov 4 Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American women to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She lost her Senate seat in 1998.
1996 Nov 4 On the last day of campaigning before Election Day, President Clinton appealed for a second term by taking credit for a revived economy, while Republican Bob Dole warned of mounting Clinton ethical questions.
1997 Nov 4 In off-year elections US Republicans won high profile races: New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman won a cliffhanger re-election; New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani won a second term, and James Gilmore won the race for Virginia governor.
1998 Nov 4 A federal grand jury in Manhattan returned a 238-count indictment that charged Osama bin Laden for the US embassy bombings in Africa.
1999 Nov 4 In Indonesia over 50,000 people demonstrated for independence in Aceh province. The population in Aceh numbered 4.3 million.
2000 Nov 4 President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the leaking of government secrets
2001 Nov 4 NBC’s “The West Wing” took eight honors at the twice-delayed Emmy Awards, including best dramatic series; HBO’s “Sex and the City” won best comedy series.
2002 Nov 4 President Bush barnstormed through four battleground states, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, in a final appeal for Republicans in Congress; Democrats worked for a strong voter turnout to tilt key races their way.
2003 Nov 4 Following a conservative outcry over a made-for-TV movie about former President Ronald Reagan, CBS scrapped plans to televise “The Reagans,” sending it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
2004 Nov 4 Pres. Bush laid out plans to revamp taxes, social security and medical malpractice awards. The DJ jumped 177 to close at 10314.76.
2005 Nov 4 The St. Louis Cardinals announced demolition plans for Busch Stadium, the ballpark that has housed the team since 1966. A 10,000-pound wrecking ball will be used to knock down the southern half of the ballpark over a 60-day period.
2006 Nov 4 Katherine Jefferts Schori (52) took office at Washington National Cathedral as the 1st woman to lead the US Episcopal Church and the 1st female to head an Anglican province. The former bishop of Nevada was elected at the Episcopal convention in June.
2007 Nov 4 Citigroup Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company’s billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, resigned
2008 Nov 4 Oregon’s GOP Sen. Smith lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, giving the Democrats at least 57 Senate votes in 2009.
2009 Nov 4 US federal prosecutors In NYC charged 53 people with running open-air drug markets at two housing projects near Yankee Stadium. Early morning raids had resulted in 37 arrests along with seizures of cash, guns and stockpiles of heroin and crack cocaine.
2010 Nov 4 In eastern Afghanistan Taliban militants killed a NATO service member.
2011 Nov 4 Groupon (GRPN), an online daily deal company, went public in an IPO at $20 per share and closed $26.11.
2012 Nov 4 In Canada Joseph di Maulo, an alleged Mafia kingpin, was shot dead in the driveway of his Quebec home.
2013 Nov 4 US federal prosecutors said SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge fund led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, would plead guilty to five counts of fraud and pay a record fine of $1.8 billion.
2014 Nov 4 Republicans captured control of the US House and Senate as voters remade Congress for the last two years of the Obama administration.

Source: Timelines of History


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