November 4 in Pop Culture 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.
1909 – The first pig to fly was today. Pioneering English aviator John Moore-Brabazon (The 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara) flew with the pig in a basket, attached to his plane.
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 production of many luxury items. It wasn’t until 1953 that air conditioning was commercially available in cars again.
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.
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 – 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.
2014 – Interstellar came out in theaters.