1940, 4 November - World War II: North Africa
Tangier, North Africa, is annexed by Spain.
1941, 4 November - World War II
Five Vishy French ships are captured by South African forces before they can be scuttled by their crew.
1942, 4 November - World War II: North Africa
Rommel is reported to be in full retreat from El Alamein. (7000 Axis prisoners and 300 tanks have been taken by British and Commonwealth forces).
1955, 4 November
Emperor Haile Selassie, celebrating his silver jubilee, introduces a more liberal constitution in Ethiopia.