Nov. 4: King Tut Day

King Tut Day:  On Nov. 4, 1922, a team of archaeologists led by Howard Carter, found the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt.  The young king had been buried with vast amounts of gold treasures, including a solid gold death mask.  The tomb was relatively intact, and excavation of it took several years.


The Coffinette for the Viscera of Tutankhamun is pictured during the press viewing of the Tutankhamun Exhibition & The Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the O2 Centre, London, England, Nov. 13, 2007. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

King Tut was around 19 years old when he died.  A DNA study of the mummy concluded that King Tut was plagued by health problems – a bone disorder, a problem with his left foot and malaria.  National Geographic articles detailed research findings about King Tut’s health, physical stature and family.  DNA information also revealed that King Tut had been inbred (his parents were brother and sister), which may have caused a weakened immune system and genetic disorders.

The traveling exhibit, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, displays artifacts from King Tut’s tomb.


Also on This Day:


1980 Ronald Reagan Wins Presidential Election

Former movie star Ronald Reagan, a Republican, defeats President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat,  in the 1980 election.


1998 Jesse Ventura Elected Governor

Former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura is elected governor in Minnesota.  He ran on the Reform Party ticket.


2008 Barack Obama Wins Presidential Election

Democrat Barack Obama defeats Republican candidate John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.  Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States.


Famous Birthdays

1918 Art Carney

1969 Sean Combs

1969 Matthew McConaughey

1970 Bethany Frankel

1975 Curtis Stone

1979 Jesse Camp


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