Today in History
TODAY is Wednesday, November 4, the 308th day of 2009. There are 57 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1605 - In London, Guy Fawkes is arrested under the House of Commons preparing gunpowder to blow up the building when Parliament re-assembled the next day.
1854 - Florence Nightingale and team of 38 nurses arrives in the Crimea to set up a hospital for British troops at Scutari.
1880 - First cash register is patented by Americans James and John Ritty.
1922 - Entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt is discovered.
1927 - The ferry steamer Greycliffe sinks following a collision with the liner Tahiti off Bradley’s Head in Sydney Harbour.
1980 - Ronald Reagan wins the White House, defeating US President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin.
1994 - Sydney Airport’s controversial third runway opens.
Rod Marsh, Australian cricketer (1947-); Matthew McConaughey, US actor (1969-); Sean “Puffy” Combs, US rapper (1969-); Curtis Stone, Australian chef and television personality (1975-).