November 4 (November 4) is the 308th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (309th in leap years). There are 57 days remaining until the end of the year.
1307 - The Swiss Confederation declares independence from Austria.
1576 - Spain captures Antwerp during the Eighty Years' War.
1780 - Tupac Amaru II leads the uprising of Aymara, Quechua and the Mestians against Spanish rule in the Viceroyalty of Peru.
1814 - Norway's constitution is proclaimed, making the country an independent kingdom bound to Sweden by a personal union.
1890 - The world's first subway line opens in London.
1917 - The Battle of Caporetto ends with the Italian defeat and the withdrawal of the Italian army all the way to the Piave River.
1931 - A League of Nations accuses Japan of aggression against Manchuria. Due to the condemnation of the world public, Japan left the League of Nations in March 1933.
1939 - At the suggestion of President Franklin Roosevelt, the US Congress passes the Salary Act on the sale of war material.
1942 - The Second Battle of El Alamein ends in World War II, in which the British are defeated by General Erwin Rommel's German-Italian African Corps under General Bernard Montgomery. This paved the way for the Allied landings in North Africa.
1942 - Bihać is occupied by coordinated action by partisan forces from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Bihać operation.
1946 - UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is founded.
1956 - Soviet troops occupy Budapest during an uprising in Hungary, and Janos Kadar is appointed new prime minister.
1956 - A UN General Assembly resolution adopts a peacekeeping force in the Middle East.
1966 - Florence floods Florence, leaving thousands homeless and destroying or damaging millions of books and paintings.
1970 - Salvador Allende becomes President of Chile, the first Marxist to become the first Latin American president to be elected.
1976 - Great Britain proposes the independence of Southern Rhodesia under the rule of the black majority on March 1, 1978.
1979 - Thousands of Iranian students occupy the US Embassy in Tehran, starting a 444-day hostage crisis.
1980 - A Republican, Ronald Reagan, is elected president of the United States