1493Nov 4Christopher Columbus discovered Guadeloupe during his second expedition.
1520Nov 4Danish-Norwegian king Christian II was crowned king of Sweden.
1529Nov 4Thomas Wolsey, English Lord Chancellor and cardinal, was arrested.
1587Nov 4Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer, was baptized.
1702Nov 4John Benbow, English vice-admiral (Santa Marta), died.
1771Nov 4Carlo Goldoni’s “Le Bourru Bienfaisant,” premiered in Paris.
1798Nov 4Congress agreed to pay a yearly tribute to Tripoli, considering it the only way to protect U.S. shipping.
1841Nov 4The 1st wagon train arrived in California.
1842Nov 4Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
1846Nov 4Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith N.H. received a patent on an artificial human leg.
1863Nov 4From the main Confederate Army at Chattanooga, Tenn., Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s troops were sent northeast to besiege Knoxville
1873Nov 4Dentist John Beers of SF patented the gold crown.
1876Nov 4Johannes Brahms’ Symphony #1 in C, premiered at Karlsruhe.
1880Nov 4The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
1884Nov 4Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.
1908Nov 4The Brooklyn Academy of Music opened in NYC.
1909Nov 4Opera “Il Segreto di Susanna” was produced in Munich.
1918Nov 4Kiel, Germany, fell into the hands of revolutionary sailors. [see Nov 3]
1924Nov 4Gabriel 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.
1930Nov 4New York reelected Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt by a landslide.
1933Nov 4Hermann Goring and Georgi Dimitrov had a duel.
1937Nov 4The Clifford Odets play “Golden Boy” opened at the Belasco Theatre in NYC.
1939Nov 4The 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.
1940Nov 4Lewis Hine, American social-documentary photographer, died.
1948Nov 4T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature.
1948Nov 4The International Military Tribunal for the Far East was concluded.
1950Nov 4The 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.
1953Nov 4Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (89), composer, died.
1956Nov 4Israel captured the Straits of Tiran and reached the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1958Nov 4Edmund G. “Pat” Brown was elected as democratic governor of California.
1958Nov 4Angelo G. Roncalli was crowned as Pope John XXIII.
1960Nov 4The film “Misfits” premiered. It was the final movie for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
1964Nov 4Lenny 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.
1969Nov 4Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from Soviet Writers Union.
1980Nov 4Ronald 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.
1982Nov 4Jacques Tati (b.1909), French mime and director, died.
1989Nov 4Iran marked the 10th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy.
1990Nov 4Secretary of State James Baker visited US troops in the Saudi Arabian desert.
1992Nov 4Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American women to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She lost her Senate seat in 1998.
1996Nov 4On 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.
1997Nov 4In 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.
1998Nov 4A federal grand jury in Manhattan returned a 238-count indictment that charged Osama bin Laden for the US embassy bombings in Africa.
1999Nov 4In Indonesia over 50,000 people demonstrated for independence in Aceh province. The population in Aceh numbered 4.3 million.
2000Nov 4President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the leaking of government secrets
2001Nov 4NBC’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.
2002Nov 4President 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.
2003Nov 4Following 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.
2004Nov 4Pres. Bush laid out plans to revamp taxes, social security and medical malpractice awards. The DJ jumped 177 to close at 10314.76.
2005Nov 4The 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.
2006Nov 4Katherine 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.
2007Nov 4Citigroup Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company’s billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, resigned
2008Nov 4Oregon’s GOP Sen. Smith lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, giving the Democrats at least 57 Senate votes in 2009.
2009Nov 4US 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.
2010Nov 4In eastern Afghanistan Taliban militants killed a NATO service member.
2011Nov 4Groupon (GRPN), an online daily deal company, went public in an IPO at $20 per share and closed $26.11.
2012Nov 4In Canada Joseph di Maulo, an alleged Mafia kingpin, was shot dead in the driveway of his Quebec home.
2013Nov 4US 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.
2014Nov 4Republicans captured control of the US House and Senate as voters remade Congress for the last two years of the Obama administration.
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Source: Timelines of History


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