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November 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American to win a US Presidential Election?

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November 4th is officially celebrated as National Chicken Lady Day & Use Your Common Sense Day.

We are now on day 309 out of 366, and only have 57 days remaining in 2024.

Discover all about November the 4th in years gone by with our top-selected events including disasters that made history, politics, music and more.

Did you know that on this day in 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American to win a US Presidential Election? Almost a quarter of a million people are estimated to have been present for his victory speech.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about November 4th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on November 4 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2019

462 non-violent inmates were released from Oklahoma prisons in the largest commutation in American history.

Prison reforms within the state brought on the event to reduce overburdened prisons while giving low-crime offenders another chance in life.

2016

The Paris Climate Change Agreement went into force.

OTD in 2016: The Paris Climate Change Agreement went into force.

It was an international pact to reduce greenhouse emissions and address world climate change.

2015

A plane crash in South Sudan at Juba International Airport killed 31 people.

Only two people were left alive from the crash. A man and a small girl whom he had cradled in his arms to protect her.

2008

Barack Obama became the first African American to win a United States Presidential Election.

2004

Physicists in New Zealand observed a record-breaking solar flair.

OTD in 2004: Physicists in New Zealand observed a record-breaking solar flair.

It was designated as an X45 in energy and size. An X45 could have fried most of the world’s telecommunications infrastructure with an x-ray burst containing 5,000 times more energy than usual. Thankfully, the flair did not travel in our direction.

2001

J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter Movie, “The Philosopher’s Stone,” premiered in Leicester Square, London, UK.

1997

Canadian country singer Shania Twain released her third album, “Come On Over.”

The album won her the 1999 Billboard Album of the Year.

1960

A chimpanzee was observed for the first time making and using tools.

This extraordinary discovery was made by Dr. Jane Goodall and was the first proof of any other creature in existence using tools.

1956

Around 1,000 Soviet tanks entered Budapest, the capital of Hungary, after bombing half the city in an attempt to take over.

1922

A British-led team of archaeologists located the entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb.

OTD in 1922: A British-led team of archaeologists located the entrance to Tutankhamun's tomb.

The first day of excavations uncovered the first step, which descended into the famed Egyptian pharaoh’s final resting place. Otherwise known as King Tut, Tutankhamun ruled from 1333 to 1323 BC. He was entombed in the typical fashion for rulers at the time, with plenty of gold, jewelry, artwork, and other priceless treasures to aid his passage to the afterlife.

1921

The Japanese Prime Minister, Hara Takashi, was assassinated in Tokyo.

1841

The first wagon train arrived in California after having left Independence, Missouri, in May 1841.

1783

Mozart’s Symphony No.36 premiered in Linz, Austria.

1429

After a second siege, Joan of Arc liberated the town of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, France.

OTD in 1429: After a second siege

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Steven Ogg? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1961

Ralph Macchio

American

Actor

Ralph Macchio

Age:

62 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1969

Diddy

American

Rapper

Diddy

Age:

54 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1969

Matthew McConaughey

American

Actor

Matthew McConaughey

Age:

54 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA

1973

Steven Ogg

Canadian

Actor

Steven Ogg

Age:

50 years old

Born In:

Alberta, Canada

Quotes

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most well-known quotes spoken or written on Nov 4th in history.

1904

Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

Austrian Poet

1888

Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: the one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

American Writer

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

November 4: Use Your Common Sense Day
United States

Use Your Common Sense Day

Honestly, we have absolutely no idea why this isn’t something we celebrate every single day of the year. If you’ve been told you lack common sense, try your hardest today to try and develop some. If you already use your common sense, be smug about it and tell everyone else to use it!

November 4: National Chicken Lady Day
United States

National Chicken Lady Day

Dr. Dupree worked for twelve years at the 2nd largest chicken restaurant in the world, and during this time, she helped train and elevate countless members of her community. As a result, national Chicken Lady Day was created to thank Dupree and encourage others to do the same!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The US has more land suitable for producing maple syrup than Canada does. Only a small geographic portion of Canada is suitable to grow sugar maples.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on November 4, your zodiac sign is Scorpio.

The Scorpio star sign belongs to the Water element of the zodiac, along with Cancer and Pisces. It’s the eighth sign of the zodiac and is represented by the scorpion.

Topaz is the birthstone given to people born in November. The name comes from Topazios, the Greek name for what is now known as St. John’s Island, an Egyptian island in the Red Sea.

If you were born on November 4, you would likely have been conceived on or around February 11 of the same year.

A baby conceived on November 4, 2024, will likely be born around July 28, 2025.

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