What Happened On This Day – November 4
2008 Barack Obama is elected
The first African-American to be elected President of the United States, Obama is the 44th person to occupy the Oval Office. He succeeded President George W. Bush and he has been elected to the office twice.
1995 Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
He was the Prime Minister of Israel when he was killed in Tel Aviv by Yigal Amir, an Israel who opposed the role that Rabin played in the Oslo Peace Accords. The Accords were a collection of agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that set up the process of Palestinian self-determination and created the Palestinian Authority.
1979 Iran Hostage Crisis
The 444-day crisis began when a group of students took over the American Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostages. The crisis led to a breakdown in American and Iranian diplomatic relations.
1952 US National Security Agency formed
The NSA as it is popularly known is an intelligence organization that is responsible for monitoring and collecting signal intelligence around the world. The agency was preceded by the Armed Forces Security Agency.
1925 First woman governor of a state in the US
Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first and only female governor of the state of Wyoming in the United States. In addition to being the first woman to be ever elected as a state governor in the US, she was also the first female director of the United States Mint.
Births On This Day,
1960 Kathy Griffin
American comedian, actress
1957 Tony Abbott
1951 Traian Băsescu
Romanian politician, 4th President of Romania
1933 Charles K. Kao
Chinese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1916 Walter Cronkite
Deaths On This Day,
2015 René Girard
French historian, critic, philosopher
2008 Michael Crichton
American author, screenwriter, director, producer
1995 Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli politician, 5th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate
1924 Gabriel Fauré
French pianist, composer, educator
1847 Felix Mendelssohn
German pianist, composer, conductor