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Daily Calendar for Thursday, November 4, 2021 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Thursday, November 4, 2021

Will Rogers, a great American humorist, was born in what would become Oklahoma in 1879. Starting life on a large ranch in Indian territory, Rogers was part Cherokee. He was taught by a former slave how to use a lasso as a tool to work Texas longhorn cattle. He became a rope-tricking cowboy and all-around entertainer and his rope tricks eventually led to a career on Broadway and in the movies. Rogers later became a popular broadcaster and syndicated newspaper columnist. Rogers died in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935. Will Rogers had a folksy persona and some of his best quotes are still timeless. Here’s a few that you should enjoy: β€œI don’t make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts.” β€œEverybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” β€œWe can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.” β€œEven if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Born

  • Guido Reni (artist) –
  • Benjamin F. Goodrich (manufacturer) –
  • Will Rogers (humorist) –
  • Walter Cronkite (newscaster) –
  • Art Carney (actor) –
  • Doris Roberts (actress) –
  • Shakuntala Devi (computational genius) –
  • Loretta Swit (actress) –
  • Laura Bush (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Ralph Macchio (actor) –
  • Jeff Probst (host of Survivor) –
  • Matthew McConaughey (actor) –
  • Sean Diddy Combs (singer, record producer) –

Died

  • Felix Mendelssohn (composer) –
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander (baseball player) –
  • Cy Young (baseball player) –
  • Albert Franklin Yeager (horticulturist) –
  • Dominique Dunne (actress) –
  • Michael Crichton (author) –
  • Andy Rooney (news commentator) –

Events

  • Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married–
  • The Royal Montreal Golf Club (oldest golf club in North America) was founded–
  • An earthquake rang bells in the Notre Dame basilica in Montreal–
  • An earthquake shook New York state, New England, and eastern Canada–
  • The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio–
  • Grover Cleveland elected president of the U.S.–
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first piano recital in the U.S., Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts–
  • T. S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature–
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower elected president of the U.S.–
  • Ronald Reagan elected president of U.S.–
  • The biggest ever solar flare, sunspot 486, saturated X-ray detectors onboard GOES satellites for 11 minutes. It was estimated to be an X40-class solar flare–
  • Senator Barack Obama was elected U.S. president. This marked the first time in U.S. history that an African American was elected to the position–
  • EPOXI spacecraft flew by comet Hartley 2–

Weather

  • Tropical rains flooded the Green Mountain area of Vermont causing the worst flood in the history of the state–

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