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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, 1,480,809,600 seconds 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

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Barbara.
  • 1971
    The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song “Smoke on the Water”.
  • 1971
    The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • 1998
    The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • 2006
    Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, US; the subsequent court case becomes a cause célèbre.

Who were born on December 4?

  • 1777
    Juliette Récamier, French socialite (d. 1849)
  • 1910
    Alex North, American film music composer (d. 1991)
  • 1913
    Mark Robson, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1978)
  • 1936
    Derek Nally, Irish Politician
  • 1969
    Jay-Z, American rapper

Who died on December 4?

  • 1841
    David Daniel Davis, British politician (b. 1777)
  • 1893
    John Tyndall, Irish physicist (b. 1820)
  • 1997
    Richard Vernon, English actor (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    Chip Reese, American professional poker player (b. 1951)
  • 2011
    Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)

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