About November 4

November 4, 2021 is the 308th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 57 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 89 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 4

  • 1429
    Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.
  • 1501
    Catherine of Aragon (later Henry VIII’s first 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 is nearly destroyed).
  • 1677
    The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later jointly reign as William and Mary.
  • 1783
    W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.
  • 1791
    The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    The University of Washington opens in Seattle, Washington as the Territorial University.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Johnsonville – Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
  • 1890
    City & South London Railway: London’s first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell.
  • 1922
    In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 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.
  • 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 last atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: Vietnamization – The United States turns control of the Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta over to South Vietnam.
  • 1973
    The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters.
  • 2008
    Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  • 2008
    Proposition 8 passes in California, revoking state recognition of LGBT marriages.

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