- 1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in the area that would become Texas.
- 1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
- 1913 – Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
- 1928 – Arnold Rothstein, the head of the Jewish mob in New York, was shot and mortally wounded on the 4 Nov., and died on 6 Nov.; He was assassinated by George "Hump" McManus, for failing to pay a large gambling debt.
- 1934 – Memphis, Tennessee becomes the first major city to join the Tennessee Valley Authority.
- 1935 – Edwin Armstrong presents his paper "A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation" to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers.
- 1947 – Meet the Press makes its television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948).
- 1962 – Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
- 1965 – Cuba and the United States formally agree to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States. By 1971, 250,000 Cubans had made use of this program.
- 1991 – The last Kuwaiti oil field fire is extinguished.
- 1999 – Australians vote to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
- 2012 – Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.
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