Born on this Day 4th November
1868 Scott Joplin
1919 Martin Balsam
1963 Lena Zavaroni
1918 Art Carney
1940 Delbert McClinton
1944 Loretta Swit
1969 Matthew McConaughey
1969 P. Diddy
1977 Tonicha Jeronimo
1981 Guy Martin
Died On This Day
1995 Paul Eddington 2000 Stephanie Lawrence
1963 The Beatles performed their first Royal Variety Show.
1965 Freddie and the Dreamers made their last UK chart entry with ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ .
1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were at No.1 with ‘Summer Nights’ with Travolta’s solo ‘Summer Nights’ at No.2.
1989 Elton John became only the 3rd artist to notch up 50 UK chart entries along with Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard.
1870 Derbyshire County Cricket Club was founded at a meeting in Derby.
1991 Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson, affectionately known as Caotain Marvel, announced that he would not be representing his country again.
1992 Jockey Lester Piggott was discharged from Hollywood Memorial hospital days after falling from a horse during the Breeders Cup championships.
People & Showbiz
1980 Ronald Reagan was elected 40th President of the United States.
1990 It was reported that Barbara Cartland in her 89th year had just sent her 500th book to the printers. She said ‘Ursula Bloom wrote 564 novels, so I have to beat that’.
1996 Michael Jackson announced that he and a friend, Debbie Rowe, were expecting a child, but he denied that the couple had used artificial insemination and that Rowe hadbeen paid to carry the baby.
1843 Nelson’s colmun in Trafalgar Square was completed.
1852 Members of the press were admitted to the House of Commons for the first time when the press gallery was officially opened.
1890 The first electrified underground railway was officially opened by the Prince of Wales on the City branch of London’s Northern Line.
1922 The tomb of Tutankhamun was opened.
1942 The Battle of El Alamein came to a victorious end for the Allies after 12 days conflict, with Erwin Rommel’s desert army being sent into full retreat by Montgomery’s forces.
1952 Queen Elizabeth II opened her first Parliament.
1987 Millionaire Peter de Savary purchased Land’s End.