It happened today – this day in history – November 4

Mick Ferris

1333: The River Arno floods, causing massive damage in Florence.

1429: Joan of Arc and Charles d’Albret liberate the heavily fortified town of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier after a siege.

1470: Birth of Edward V.

1529: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is arrested on charges of treason.

1646: Massachusetts uses the death penalty for denying that the Holy Bible is God’s word.

1783: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36” premieres in Linz, Austria.

1841: The first wagon train arrives in California.

1842: Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois.

1846: Benjamin Palmer patents the artificial leg.

1847: Composer Felix Mendelssohn dies aged 38 in Leipzig after a series of strokes.

1856: James Buchanan is elected president of the US.

1862: Dr Richard Gatling patents the Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis.

1866: The Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia.

1875: The passenger steamship “Pacific” collides with sailing vessel “Orpheus” off Cape Flattery, Washington – 236 die.

1876: Johannes Brahms’ 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden.

1884: Grover Cleveland is elected president of the US.

1890: Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate. On the same day, the Prince of Wales opens the first underground station at Stockwell, South London. Also, Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” premieres in Petersburg.

1918: The Allied armistice with Austria-Hungary comes into effect. On the same day, war poet Wilfred Owen is killed in action aged 25 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week before the end of the First World War.

1921: Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.

1922: Howard Carter discovers the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.

1924: Calvin Coolidge is elected president of the US. On the same day, Stanley Baldwin becomes Britain’s Prime Minister for a second time after a Tory landslide victory over Labour.

1944: German troops recapture Schmidt Hurtgenwald on the Belgium/German border.

1948: T.S.Eliot wins the Nobel Prize for literature.

1950: American troops vacate Pyongyang North Korea.

1952: Dwight D Eisenhower is elected president of the US.


1955: Singles chart:

  1. The Man From Laramie – Jimmy Young
  2. Hernando’s Hideaway – The Johnston Brothers
  3. Blue Star (The Medic’s Theme) – The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra ft Julie Dawn
  4. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley and his Comets
  5. The Yellow Rose Of Texas – Mitch Miller
  6. Hey There – Johnnie Ray
  7. Ev’rywhere – David Whitfield
  8. Hey There – Rosemary Clooney
  9. Rose Mari – Slim Whitman
  10. I’ll Come When You Call – Ruby Murray

1956: Soviet troops pour into Budapest in response to the national uprising in Hungary.

1963: The Beatles top the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, John Lennon tells the audience: “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewellery.”

1966: Flooding of the River Arno in Italy destroys countless artworks and kills 113 people.

1970: Nuclear physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov forms the Human Rights Committee. On the same day, a 13-year old feral child is found in Los Angeles, after being locked in her bedroom by her father for most of her life. Also, the first-ever European Cup shoot-out penalty is taken by Joe Royle of Everton against Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was saved, but the Toffees still won the game 4-3 on penalties.

1974: Judith Ward is convicted of an army coach bombing on the M62 motorway in which 12 people died. Her conviction was quashed in 1992.

1977: The UN Security council proclaims a weapons embargo against South Africa.

1979: Militant Islamic students storm the US embassy in Tehran taking 90 people hostage.

1980: Ronald Reagan wins the US presidential election by a landslide.

1981: Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley.

1989: Rene Muawad is elected president of Lebanon.

On TV (Saturday)


05.00ITN Morning News


09.25Motormouth 2

11.30The ITV Chart Show


13.00ITN News

13.05LWT News and Weather

13.10Saint and Greavsie


14.10Film: The People That Time Forgot (1977)

15.50Coronation Street

16.45Results Service

17.00ITN News

17.10LWT News

17.15The A-Team


18.45Blind Date
Presented by Cilla Black

19.35Beadle’s About

20.05Murder, She Wrote


22.00ITN News

22.15LWT Weather

22.20The Dame Edna Experience
Starring Barry Humphries

23.30Tour of Duty


06.00Ourselves and Other Animals

06.30Just 4 Fun

07.00Once Upon a Time…

07.30International Times

08.00Trans World Sport

09.00Channel 4 Racing

09.25Sing and Swing

09.30Same Difference

10.004 What It’s Worth

10.30Film: Brothers in Law (1957)
Comedy starring Richard Attenborough, Terry Thomas and Ian Carmichael

12.20Film: So You Want to Keep Your Hair (1946)

12.30Dance With Me

13.00Channel 4 Racing
from Newmarket

14.45Film: You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
Frank Capra romantic comedy starring James Stewart


18.00Right to Reply

18.30Stolen Childhood

19.00The World This Week

20.00A Family at War

21.00Truffaut on Truffaut

23.00Channel 4 Racing International
from Gulfstream Park, Florida


07.30Saturday Starts Herel

09.00Going Live!
Presented by Sarah Greene and Phillip Schofield with Trevor and Simon and guests Janet Jackson and Barbara Windsor.


Introduced by Desmond Lynam, including motor racing, racing, rallying, bowls, rugby and results round-up.

17.00News and Weather


17.15Rolf Harris Cartoon Time

17.40The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow
With guest Jimmy Cricket

18.25Bob’s Full House

19.00Russ Abbot

19.30Hearts of Gold

20.10All Creatures Great and Small

21.00News, Sport and Weather

21.15Film: Armed and Dangerous (1986)
When an ex-cop and an inept lawyer join forces as security guards they don’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of LA’s bad guys. Stars John Candy, Eugene Levy and Meg Ryan.

22.40Saturday Matters with Sue Lawley
Tonight’s guests: Edwina Currie, MP, Dorothy Lamour, Kathryn Grayson and Van Johnson.

Starring William Conrad. The big ex-cop returns to investigate the murder of an old friend’s husband.


09.00Open University

10.15Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
As he lies dying, King Henry reflects on his life. Stars Keith Michell

12.15Entertainment USA 2

12.45The Story of English Furniture

13.10Voices from the Doll’s House

13.20The Shogun Inheritance

14.00Network East

14.40Animation Now

15.00Film: The Wrecking Crew (1968)
Starring Dean Martin as agent Matt Helm with Elke Somer and Sharon Tate.

16.40Championship Bowls

Featuring Terence Trent D’Arby, Phil Collins, Pixies and Throwing Muses. Presented by Antoine de Caunes.


19.45Dance International

21.15Saturday Night Clive
Clive James makes sense of the new and deregulated universe of ever-expanding media with guest: Peter Cook.

22.00The Nutt House

22.25Tales from Marquez

23.40Film The Lady Eve (1941)
Working the cruise liners, beautiful trickster Jean Harrington believes that the highly eligible Charles Pike is there for the taking if she plays her cards right. Stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

1993: Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore is arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the music in his room. On the same day, Elton John is awarded a six-figure sum in damages from the Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet.

1994: Fred “Sonic” Smith, guitarist with the MC5 and husband of Patti Smith, dies aged 46.

1995: Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. On the same day, Yes Minister star Paul Eddington dies aged 68.

1998: Fall singer Mark E. Smith appears at Manhattan Criminal Court on assault charges accused of kicking, punching and choking his girlfriend and keyboard player Julia Nagle at a New York Hotel. On the same day, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher is arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with a photographer at a London pub.

1999: West Indian cricketer Malcolm Marshall dies aged 41 from colon cancer.

2001: The first Harry Potter film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is released introducing young stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

2008: Barack Obama is elected president of the US. On the same day, bestselling author Michael Crichton dies aged 66.

2016: Kings of Leon – Walls

2016: Album chart:

  1. Back From The Edge – James Arthur
  2. The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley
  3. Nobody But Me – Michael Buble
  4. Mapping The Rondezvous – The Courteneers
  5. Can’t Touch Us Now – Madness
  6. Sleep No More – Jack Savoretti
  7. The Singles – Phil Collins
  8. Upon A Different Shore – Alexander Armstrong
  9. Greatest Hits – Robbie Williams
  10. Walls – Kings of Leon

2017: Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and other ministers on corruption charges, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. On the same day, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained.

2020: The prime minister of Ethiopia, Ably Ahmed, orders a military offensive and state of emergency in the northern region of Tigray, amid fears of a civil war. On the same day, Ken Hensley, former keyboards player with Uriah Heep, dies aged 75.

2021: Dancer and TV personality Lionel Blair (Henry Ogus) dies aged 92.

Taylor Tomlinson

BIRTHDAYS: Loretta Swit, actress, 86; Delbert McClinton, singer-songwriter, 83; Chris Difford, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Squeeze) 69; Jordan Rudess, keyboardist (Dream Theatre) 67; Kathy Griffin, comedian, 63; Ralph Macchio, actor, 62; Nigel Worthington, football manager, 62; Malandra Burrows, actress, 58; Sean Williamson, actor, 58; P Diddy (Sean Combs) rapper, 54; Matthew McConaughey, actor, 54; Gregory Porter, singer-songwriter, 52; Luis Figo, Portuguese footballer, 51; Tim Vincent, TV presenter, 51; Louise Redknapp (Nurding), singer 49; Cedric Bixler-Zavala, musician (The Mars Volta) 49; Guy Martin, TV presenter, 42; Taylor Tomlinson, comedian, 30.


Mick Ferris

Editor Email: