Today in History - November 4th

  • 1842 - On this day in history, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
  • 1884 - Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine ending a particularly bitter campaign.
  • 1922 - Today in history, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discovered a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
  • 1924 - Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America's first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
  • 1952 - Today in history, Eisenhower (R) was elected 34th President of the US, beating Adlai Stevenson (D).
  • 1956 - Soviet tanks and troops crushed protests against Soviet rule with thousands killed and wounded, and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country.
  • 1973 - Americans were urged to conserve energy in case the Arab boycott would continue for an extended period of time. A gasoline shortage was also expected, and as a result a motion was made to lower speed limits.
  • 1979 - On this day in history, militant student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran taking 90 hostages.
  • 1980 - Former Hollywood actor and Republican Ronald Reagan won the US presidential elections beating Democrat Jimmy Carter with a huge majority. 
  • 1988 - Today in history, a virus infected many thousands of computers connected to the Internet. The Internet (ARPANET) then connected 50,000 computers from Government agencies and Universities.
  • 1994 - First conference that focused exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • 1999 - Today in history, the United Nations imposed economic sanctions against the Taliban that controlled most of Afghanistan. The sanctions were imposed because the Taliban had refused to turn over Osama bin Laden.
  • 2008 - Democratic Senator Barack Obama won the general election and became the first Afro-American President of the USA. Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. 
  • 2008 - Californian voters approved Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 4th

  • 1846 - 1846 - The patent for the artificial leg was granted to Benjamin Palmer. 
  • 1862 - Dr. Richard Gatling patented Gatling machine gun.
  • 1882 -Today in history, James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio, patented the first cash register.
  • 1939 - At the 40th National Automobile Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 4th

  • 1783 - Today in history, W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is premiered in Linz, Austria.
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York City.
  • 1978 - On this day in history, The Talking Heads' "Take Me to the River" was released. 
  • 1996 - Michael Jackson announced that he and a friend, Debbie Rowe, were expecting a child, but he denied that the couple had used artificial insemination and that Rowe had been paid to carry the baby. 
  • 2010 - The five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on "Oprah." It was the first time all five had performed together since 2006

SPORTS - Today in History, November 4th

  • 1924 - California legalized pro boxing (illegal since 1914).

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, November 4th

  • 1948 - TS Eliot won Nobel Prize for Literature.


  • 1879 - Will Rogers, humorist and actor (Judge Priest). 
  • 1918 - Art Carney, actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners).
  • 1946 - Laura Bush, U.S. First Lady 2001-09.
  • 1969 - Rapper Puff Daddy.