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

October 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 4 is the 278th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 409,872 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 ‘dihectaheptacontaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 116 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 1,383 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 4 Historical Events

  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
  • 1636
    The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
  • 1795
    Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence with a “Whiff of Grapeshot”, using cannon to suppress armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the French Legislature (National Convention).
  • 1853
    Crimean War: The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
  • 1876
    Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1960
    Eastern Air Lines Flight 375, a Lockheed L-188 Electra, crashes after a bird strike on takeoff from Boston’s Logan International Airport, killing 62 of 72 on board.
  • 1983
    Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph (1,019 km/h), driving Thrust 2 at the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
  • 1985
    Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
  • 1992
    The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
  • 1997
    The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1160
    Alys, Countess of the Vexin, daughter of Louis VII of France (d. 1220)
  • 1841
    Prudente José de Morais Barros, President of Brazil (d. 1912)
  • 1923
    Charlton Heston, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1941
    Robert Wilson, American theatre director
  • 1942
    Bernice Johnson Reagon, American musician (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
  • 1946
    Michael Mullen, American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1949
    Marion Pruett, American spree killer (d. 1999)
  • 1957
    Alexander Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
  • 1961
    Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • 1979
    Adam Voges, Australian cricketer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1582
    Teresa of Avila, Spanish saint (b. 1515)
  • 1680
    Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1864
    Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • 1903
    Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • 1904
    Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist (b. 1847)
  • 1947
    Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1858)
  • 1955
    Alexander Papagos, Greek general and political leader (b. 1883)
  • 1996
    Larry Gene Bell, American child murderer (executed by electric chair) (b. 1949)
  • 2000
    Michael Smith, biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)

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