NOVEMBER 4 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1783 – Mozart‘s Symphony No. 36 was performed for the 1st time on the 4th November 1783, in Linz, Austria.

1879 – Will Rogers the American actor was born on the 4th November 1979 (died 1935).

1890 ~ CARBiNE won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1873 with jockey R. Ramage. Carbine came from New Zealand and was a direct descendant of Phar Lap. He competed carrying the weight record of 65.77kg, beating 38 other runners. The Melbourne Cup prize money was £13,230.

1921 – Hara Takashi the Japanese Prime Minister was assassinated in Tokyo on the 4th November 1921.

1922 – Howard Carter the English archaeologist and his men found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun‘s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on the 4th November 1922.

1930 ~ PHAR LAP won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1930 with jockey Jim Pike. Phar Lap was the only horse to be given legend status by the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. He holds the record for the shortest priced favourite in the Melbourne Cup. During the 1930 Melbourne Cup, bookmakers realised they would lose a fortune if Phar Lap was to win, and incidentally, he was shot at by gangsters on that day. Tommy Woodcock saved Phar Lap by placing himself and his pony between the shot.The Melbourne Cup prize money was £12,429.

Phar Lap jockey Jim Pike riding Flemington race track 1930 Melbourne Cup horse racing Charles Daniel Pratt photo
Phar Lap, the 1930 Melbourne Cup champion winner, with jockey Jim Pike at Flemington race track (1930 Photo by Charles Daniel Pratt)
Phar Lap winning Melbourne Cup Race 5th November 1930 horses finishing line big crowd black & white photo Argus
Phar Lap winning the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1930 (Argus news photo)

1932 – Thomas Klestil the 10th President of Austria was born on the 4th November 1932 (died 2004).

1946 – Laura Bush the American educator and 45th First Lady of the United States was born on the 4th November 1946.

1952 – The National Security Agency was established by the United States government on the 4th November 1952.

1953 – Jacques Villeneuve the Canadian race car driver was born on the 4th November 1953.

1955 – The Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven‘s Fidelio on the 4th November 1955, after being rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II.

1957 – Tony Abbott the Australian politician was born on the 4th November 1957.

1960 – Dr.Jane Goodall observed chimpanzees creating tools at the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania on the 4th November 1960, becoming the first-ever observation of this kind in non-human animals.

1962 – The NiM-14-Nike-Hercules was the last atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States on the 4th November 1962. The air defense missile was tested with it’s detonation at 69,000 feet above Johnston Island.

1969 ~ RAiN LOVER won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1969 with jockey Jim Johnson, and also won the 1968 Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup prize money was $77,000.

1973 – Car Free Sunday was experienced for the first time in the Netherlands on the 4th November 1973.

1975 – Curtis Stone the Australian chef and author was born on the 4th November 1975.

1994 – The World Wide Web 1st conference that focused exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of it was held in San Francisco on the 4th November 1994.

2008 – Barack Obama became the 1st African-American to be elected President of the United States on the 4th November 2008.

Today in History for November 4th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

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