November 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1576 Eighty Years’ War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp

1841 First wagon train arrives in California after a five and a half month and 1,730 mile journey over the Sierra Nevada from Missouri [1]

1845 First nationally observed uniform election day in the United States, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November

1862 American inventor Richard Jordan Gatling patents the hand cranked Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis

1879 African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents the Refrigerating Apparatus [1]

1922 Howard Carter discovers the intact tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt

2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain

Today’s Historical Events

922 Richarius becomes bishop of Luik

1333 Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani

1429 Joan of Arc and Charles d’Albret liberate the heavily fortified town of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier after a siege

1501 Philip de Blank & Juana “la Loca” depart to Spain

1519 Flood ravages Dutch and Friese coast

1520 Danish Norwegian king Christian II crowned King of Sweden

1529 English cardinal Thomas Wolsey arrested on charges of treason

1576 Eighty Years’ War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1914 Vogue holds 1st model show (“Fashion Fete”, NYC)

1929 John L. Balderston’s play “Berkeley Square” starring Leslie Howard premieres in NYC

1948 American humorist Will Rogers commemorated by US Postage Service on 3-cent stamp

1968 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast

1968 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

1985 “Edge of Darkness” first airs on BBC Two, featuring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley

1992 NY Jets announce they are moving from WABC to WFAN radio

2001 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” 1st film adaptation of the book series by J. K. Rowling starring Daniel Radcliffe, premieres in London (Titled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in some markets)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1783 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s “Symphony No. 36” premieres in Linz, Austria

1876 Johannes Brahms‘ 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden

1890 Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” debuts at Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

1908 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC

1909 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari‘s opera “Il Segreto di Susanna” (Susanna’s Secret) is first produced in Munich

1946 “Park Avenue” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances

1950 “Barrier” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances

1950 “Consul” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1889 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball’s NL

1924 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)

1934 After posting 7 straight shutouts to start the NFL season, Detroit Lions beat Pittsburgh, 40-7 at University of Detroit Stadium; scored upon for the first time of the season; rush for NFL single game record 426 yards

1951 NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns

1951 Ryder Cup Golf, Pinehurst Resort: US wins 9½-2½; Sam Snead playing captain for US; Arthur Lacey non-playing GB skipper

1951 Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings

1953 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk

1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP