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On this day in history - November 4

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.

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Births On This Day,
November 4

  • 1960 Kathy Griffin

    American comedian, actress

  • 1957 Tony Abbott

    Australian politician

  • 1951 Traian Băsescu

    Romanian politician, 4th President of Romania

  • 1933 Charles K. Kao

    Chinese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1916 Walter Cronkite

    American journalist

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Deaths On This Day,
November 4

  • 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