November 4th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
November 4th History Highlights
November 4th is…
Believe it or not, it’s National Skeptics Day
National Candy Day
National Chicken Lady Day, celebrating Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree
Use Your Common Sense Day
Waiting for Barbarians Day, based on the title of a book by South African writer J.M. Coetzee and a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy.
November 4th Birthday Quotes
“I never met a man I didn’t like.”
“It’s okay to look back, just don’t stare.”
“The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it. Democracy is in danger. Seats in Congress, seats in the state legislature, that big seat in the White House itself, can be purchased by those who have the greatest campaign resources, who have the largest bank accounts or own riches. That, I submit to you, is no democracy. It is an oligarchy of the already powerful.”
“I came in to win, you know. This is why I stay up late while other people are sleeping.”
November 4th Birthdays
1879 – Will Rogers, American actor, and screenwriter (died in 1935)
November 4th History
1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000 people killed.
1841 – First wagon train arrived in California. They left Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841.
1846 – The first U.S. patent (#4,834) for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire.
1873 – A patent (#144,182) for a gold crown was issued to Dr. John B. Beers of San Francisco, California on “artificial crowns for teeth”.
1879 – James Jacob Ritty and his brother John invented the first cash register, to stop the stealing by his bartenders in the Pony House Restaurant saloon in Dayton, Ohio.
1904 – First stadium built specifically for football opened (Harvard Stadium). Officially, when referring to more than one stadium, they should be called ‘stadia.’ But ‘stadiums’ works too.
1914 – Vogue held the first model show (“Fashion Fete” in New York City), although individual American stores had shown models wearing the latest fashions since the early 1900s.
1922 – The entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt, in the Valley of the Kings, by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
1939 – First air-conditioned automobile (Packard) was exhibited, Chicago, Ill. The A/C option was available for $274 until 1941. WW II stopped the production of many luxury items. It wasn’t until 1953 that air conditioning was commercially available in cars again.
1946 – UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) was founded.
1948 – TS Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”
1952 – The United States government established the National Security Agency, or NSA.
1964 – The (toy) Easy Bake over was released.
1972 – #1 Hit November 4, 1972 – December 1, 1972: Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
1979 – 500 Iranian “students” seized the US embassy, took 90 hostages (444 days) in the “Iran hostage crisis”.
1978 – #1 Hit November 4, 1978 – November 10, 1978: Anne Murray – You Needed Me
1979 – The US Embassy in Tehran, Iran was seized by 500 Iranians.
1979 – Blockbuster film Jaws was shown on TV for the first time, on ABC. Originally released in 1975, it was the first modern-day “blockbuster.” When released, critic Roger Ebert called it “a sensationally effective action picture, a scary thriller that works all the better because it’s populated with characters that have been developed into human beings”.
1981 – The Fall Guy premiered on ABC. It starred Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas.
1989 – #1 Hit November 4, 1989 – November 10, 1989: Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
2008 – Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets were introduced in 1981.
The Rolling Stones would never have been formed if Keith Richards and Mick Jagger hadn’t accidentally met at a train station in 1961.
All US presidents except for Andrew Johnson had a pet.
A Large Pizza weighs approx. 2 Lbs. I am realizing that on multiple occasions, as a human… I have been well over 1% Pizza.
One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Statue of Zeus at Olympia, built ~435 BC in Olympia, Greece.
It’s possible for a large group of people all mis-remember the same detail or event, it’s called Confabulation, or to give its internet name the Mandela Effect.
The Capital of Georgia is Tbilisi
“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” – Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in Dirty Harry, 1971
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I walked past a field of cows at 3 AM and saw that they were all wide awake… I said, “Surely it’s pasture bedtime?”
A group of People gathered together are called a Crowd.
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