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What are the important events that happened on December 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 4 is the 339th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 21, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,336 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 55 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,444 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 4 Historical Events

  • 1783
    At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, US General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell.
  • 1921
    The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe ‘Fatty’Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • 1967
    Vietnam War: US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.
  • 1975
    Suriname joins the United Nations.
  • 2006
    An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km south of Tokyo.

Who were born on December 4?

  • 1835
    Samuel Butler, English writer (d. 1902)
  • 1913
    Mark Robson, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1978)
  • 1944
    Dennis Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (d. 1983)
  • 1964
    Jonathan Goldstein, American actor
  • 1965
    Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director

Who died on December 4?

  • 1642
    Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, French statesman (b. 1585)
  • 1935
    Charles Richet, French physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1850)
  • 1975
    Hannah Arendt, German political theorist (b. 1906)
  • 1987
    Rouben Mamoulian, Armenian-American film director (b. 1897)
  • 1997
    Richard Vernon, English actor (b. 1925)

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