This Day in History on 4 November

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 4 November. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1791: The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.

1918: In World War I, Austria and Hungary surrendered to Italy.

1921: Assassination of Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi in Tokyo.

1922: Discovery of the main entrance to the famous pyramid of King Tutankhamen.

1931: Mahatma Gandhi paid a visit to Buckingham Palace clad in his loin cloth and homespun shawl, and met India’s Emperor on this date. Gandhi’s sandals pattered on the floor as he crossed the drawing room to greet King George V and Queen Mary.

1948: Dr. The incident committee headed by Babasaheb Ambedkar presented the draft constitution.

1948: To supplement the Tiger Moths, Prentice basic trainers were delivered to the RIAF during the course of 1948, eventually to see service at Jodhpur, Tambaram and Ambala, but truly epoch making in so far as the Service was concerned was the arrival of three Vampire F.Mk.3 jet fighters in India on November 4, 1948 .

1954: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute established at Darjiling.

1997: Kerala’s largest railway overbridge at Ambalapuzha opened.

1997: Guddi, world’s shortest woman standing just one metre above the ground, gives birth to her fourth child.

1997: UNESCO named 8 scientists laureates of the five 1997 science prizes for their contribution. Prof. Dorairajan Balasubramanian (58), Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology of Hyderabad were named Laureate of Kalinga prize for popularisation of Science.

1998: Viswanathan Anand wins the 3rd Fontys chess tournament at Tilburg. Paramjeet Singh upstages Milkha Singh’s 38-year-old 400m record at the national open athletic championship at Calcutta.

2001: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone premiered in London.

2008: Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Shakuntala Devi, Indian mathematician
Shakuntala Devi, Indian mathematician

1845: Vasudeo Balvant Phadke, great revolutionary, social reformer and father of armed freedom fighting movement, was born at Shirdhon village in Raigad district.

1871: Sharad Chandra Roy, Indian anthropologist.

1884: Jamnalal Bajaj, a famous Gandhian activist, freedom fighter, and founder of Bajaj Industries.

1884: Harry Ferguson, Irish-born British mechanic, inventor of the tractor.

1889: Jamnalal Bajaj, industrialist, social reofrmer and freedom fighter, was born in the village of Kashi -Ka -Bas near Jaipur.

1897: Janaki Ammal, Indian botanist.

Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist
Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist
Alhaj Moulana Ghousavi Shah, Indian author
Alhaj Moulana Ghousavi Shah, Indian author

1916: Ruth Handler, maker of the Barbie doll.

1925: Rutwik Kumar Ghatak, famous film producer and actor, was born.

1929: Jaikishan Dahyabhai Panchal, Indian music composer.

1929: Shankutala Devi, great mathematician, was born. She had then defeated the computer in making mental major calculation.

1930: Ranjit Roy Chaudhary, Indian pharmacologist and academic.

1930: Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist and academic (d. 2015)

Tabu, Indian actress
Tabu, Indian actress
Suhas Gopinath, Indian businessman
Suhas Gopinath, Indian businessman

1950: Nig Powell, co-founder of the Virgin Group.

1955: Alhaj Moulana Ghousavi Shah, Indian author, poet, and scholar

1971: Tabu, Indian actress

1986: Suhas Gopinath, Indian businessman

Death/ Death Anniversary

1656: Mohammed Adil Shah passed away.

1915: Sir Pherozeshah Mehta also refered as the “Lion of Bombay” died in Bombay. He was founder of the English newspaper, “Bombay Chronicle”, and was knighted in 1904. He was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bombay in 1910 and was founder of Central Bank of India.

1918: Wilfred Owen, an English poet, and soldier.

1970: Pt. Shambhu Maharaj, Indian-Kathak dancer of Lucknow family. The great Kathak dance master and King of India, passed away.

1974: Ahindra Chaudhary, famous Bengali film and stage artist, passed away.

1992: George Klein, maker of a motor-wheelchair.

1995: Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s fifth prime minister, defense minister, and Nobel laureate.

1998: Nagarjuna, Indian-Hindi poet.

1999: Malcolm Denzil Marshall, West Indies cricketer.

2008: John Michael Crichton, an American author, and filmmaker. 

2011: Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., an American physicist.

Further Reading

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