What does history hold for today – 4th November

4th November – Major international events of this day

Democratic politician Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States today in the year 2008. In his tenure as a President, he brought a lot of social development in the country and worked specifically for the welfare of its people.

On November 4, 1998 UNESCO named 8 scientists’ laureates of the five 1997 science prizes for their contribution. Prof. Dorairajan Balasubramanian (58), Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology of Hyderabad were named Laureate of Kalinga prize for popularisation of Science.

A hostage crisis in Iran began on November 4, 1979, as the US embassy in Tehran was seized by Iranian militants in a move which was sanctioned by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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UNESCO was officially established on November 4, 1946 as its constitution entered into force; this specialized agency of the UN called for the promotion of international collaboration in education, science, and culture. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

American politician Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state (Wyoming) on November 4, 1924.

British scientist Joseph Rotblat, a leading critic of nuclear weapons who jointly (with the Pugwash Conferences) won the 1995 Nobel Prize for Peace, was born on November 4, 1908.

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