Flooding inundates Florence, and the first solar-powered plane takes off.
Mon, Nov 04 2013 at 5:00 AM
Nov. 4, 1966: Record flooding inundates the city of Florence, Italy
, causing extensive damage to Renaissance artwork and centuries-old buildings. A week of heavy rains had pushed the Arno River out of its banks. On the night before, workers at an upstream dam, fearing its total collapse, released a huge torrent of water into the Arno, adding to the flood levels in Florence.
Nov. 4, 1974:
The first test flight of a solar-powered plane
takes place at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The pilotless plane, designed by Robert Boucher, makes a short but successful flight.
Nov. 4, 2003:
Iran, Russia, and three former Soviet republics sign a treaty
to protect the Caspian Sea. The Sea is the focus of intensive oil drilling, and is home to over 400 species found nowhere else in the world.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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