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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

  • 1563
    The final session of the Council of Trent is held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
  • 1676
    Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.
  • 1980
    English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
  • 1981
    South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).

Who were born on December 4?

  • 1555
    Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet (d. 1625)
  • 1777
    Juliette Récamier, French socialite (d. 1849)
  • 1944
    Chris Hillman, American singer (The Byrds)
  • 1944
    Dennis Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (d. 1983)
  • 1959
    Paul McGrath, Irish footballer

Who died on December 4?

  • 1642
    Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, French statesman (b. 1585)
  • 1933
    Stefan George, German poet (b. 1868)
  • 1945
    Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
  • 2009
    Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • 2009
    Liam Clancy, Irish singer (b. 1935)

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