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Today in History: Events Affecting Our World

By Edited Feb 25, 2016 0 2

Many interesting events occurred today in history, events affecting our world and forever changing our lives. Towns were liberated, wars were lost, unions formed, discoveries made, art created, and history making elections where held. Here are some of the fascinating events that occurred on this date.

1. Joan of Arc liberated Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier

Shortly after the coronation of King Charles VII, the Dauphin, Joan of Arc was sent to siege a small town in the region of Burgundy. On November 4th, 1429 she overtook the town with a small expedition of men in a cannon-intensive assault. In a courageous battle, she liberated Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier for which King Charles VII bestowed on her noble status. In 1902, a statue of her was unveiled in this small town.

2. Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange

On November the 4th, in 1677, royalty married creating a coregency of England, Scotland and Ireland. Together they signed the English Bill of Rights that radically influenced liberty and democracy in Britain and distinguished centuries of tension between the crown and parliament. These Bill of Rights also inspired the colonist in North America to revolt against British rule and revise their governance. The College of William and Mary was named after them, and is located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

3. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 premiered in Linz, Australia

It was on this day in 1783, that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed Symphony No. 36 in the Ballhaus in Linz, Australia. During a trip to Salzburg, Mozart and his wife Constance's trip was delayed by 3 weeks in Linz. Within a 4 day timeframe before his performance, he wrote the entire Symphony No. 36.

4. Saint Clair's Massacre

November the 4th, 1791, the Western Confederacy of American Indian fought the Battle of Wabash. General Arthur St. Clair lead over 1,000 American soldiers to the worst defeat ever bestowed on the United States Army by the Native Americans. Because of this battle, one quarter of the U.S. Army had been annihilated.

5. The Battle of Vittorio Veneto

During the Italian Campaign of World War I that ended on this day in 1918, the battle between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italians that occurred near Vittorio Veneto was in it's final hour. After battling for eleven days, Austria-Hungary surrendered to Italy. They had to evacuate the region that they had occupied since 1914. This victory earmarked the end of the Italian Front in WWI.

6. Howard Carter discovers the entrance to King Tut's Tomb

On this day in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the 18th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, more popularly referred to as King Tut. This discovery created a media frenzy and worldwide attention, and it also sparked a renewed interest in ancient Egypt. Artifacts from his tomb have been displayed in exhibits around the globe.

7. The Iran Hostage Crisis

A diplomatic crisis ensued when Islamist students and Iranian militant overtook a U.S. Embassy in Tehran on 11/04/1979 in support of the Iranian Revolution. During this hostage, 52 U.S. citizens were held captive for 444 days before being released. This put Ayatollah Khomeini in the spotlight and weakened relations between the U.S. and Iran. The United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran during this crisis.

8. Election of the First African American President

This is one of the most gratifying changes signifying equality in The United States of America. On Nov. 4th, 2008, the first African American to hold the office of the President of the United States, Barrack Hussein Obama II. He is still our President today.

Even though many noteworthy event occurred on this day in history, these I feel were some of the greatest and most notorious.



Nov 4, 2010 7:48pm
Nice! Succinct and interesting. :)
Nov 4, 2010 10:44pm
Thank you, I really enjoyed writing this one.
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