Today's History Trivia for November 4
1993 First Israeli commercial TV channel It begins broadcasting. Some of its first shows included Israeli versions of Wheel of Fortune and Dr. Ruth.
1992 Nudity banned at the University of California at Berkeley It was in response to a student, known as "Naked Guy," who regularly attended classes au naturel.
1988 Dan Quayle Four days before the election, a federal prisoner's press conference is cancelled by prison officials and he is placed in solitary confinement. He was going to make allegations that he sold marijuana to Vice-Presidential candidate Dan Quayle in the 1970s.
1986 Iran-Contra Affair It is revealed that the Reagan administration had been illegally shipping weapons to Iran in hopes of obtaining the release of American hostages.
1979 Record for lowest yards by a team in an NFL game is set when the Seattle Seahawks make only 7 yards against the Los Angeles Rams.
1939 First air-conditioned automobile Packard Motor Car Company offers it as an option for $274.
1884 First Democratic president since the Civil War Grover Cleveland is elected.
1841 First emigrant wagon train to California It arrives, having departed from Missouri the previous May.
Today's Birthdays for November 4
1961 Ralph Macchio American actor. Film: The Karate Kid (1984, title role). TV: Eight is Enough (Jeremy Andretti).
1950 Markie Post American actress. TV: Night Court (Christine Sullivan).
1937 Loretta Swit American actress. TV: M*A*S*H (Hot Lips Houlihan).
1925 Doris Roberts d. 2016 (Doris May Green), American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Remington Steele (1983-87, secretary Mildred Krebs) and Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005, Raymond's mother).
1919 Martin Balsam d. 1996 American Oscar-winning actor. Film: Psycho (1960, Det. Milton Arbogast). TV: Archie Bunker's Place (1979-83, Archie's partner Murray Klein).
1918 Cameron Mitchell d. 1994 American actor. TV: High Chaparral (Buck Cannon).
1918 Art Carney d. 2003 American Oscar-Emmy-winning actor. Stage: The Odd Couple (1965-67, Felix). Film: Harry and Tonto (1974 Oscar Best Actor, Harry). TV: The Honeymooners (1955-56, Ed Norton).
1916 Walter Cronkite d. 2009 American reporter, the CBS Evening News (1962–81). "And that's the way it is…"
1879 Will Rogers d. 1935 American humorist, author. He died in an airplane crash with Wiley Post.
1876 James Earle Fraser d. 1953 American sculptor. He designed the U.S. Buffalo nickel.
1841 Benjamin Franklin Goodrich d. 1888 American physician, rubber manufacturer, founder of the B.F. Goodrich Co. (1880).
Deaths for November 4
2011 Andy Rooney b. 1919 American Emmy-winning commentator. TV: 60 Minutes ("Did you ever wonder…").
2008 Michael Crichton b. 1942 American author, The Andromeda Strain (1969), Westworld (1973), and Jurassic Park (1993).
1989 Howard A. Rusk b. 1901 American physician, founder of physical therapy. He developed physical therapy while working with wounded WWII soldiers.
1955 Cy Young b. 1867 (Denton True Young), American baseball Hall of Famer, winningest baseball pitcher ever with 511 wins.
1952 Max Adler b. 1866 American philanthropist. He donated the first U.S. public planetarium, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum, to the city of Chicago. He was a concert violinist before he gave up music to become a vice president at Sears Roebuck & Co. after marrying into the family that controlled the company.
1948 Carl Thomas Anderson b. 1865 American cartoonist, creator of Henry.
1931 Charles "Buddy" Bolden b. 1877 American New Orleans cornetist. He is reputed to have invented jazz music. Suffering from schizophrenia, he spent the last 24 years of his life in an insane asylum.
1895 Eugene Field b. 1850 American author. Poems: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (1888) and Little Boy Blue (1888).
1869 George Peabody b. 1795 American financier, philanthropist, and for whom Peabody, Massachusetts is named. He founded the Peabody Institute in Maryland, the Peabody Museums at Yale and Harvard, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900).
1847 Felix Mendelssohn b. 1809 German composer, musician. He wrote Midsummer's Night's Dream overture before he was 17.
1212 Saint Felix of Valois b. 1127 French Monk and hermit. Co-founder with with Saint John of Matha of the Trinitarians (c1197). The Trinitarians were originally devoted to freeing Christian slaves from Muslim captivity.