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, 1,475,539,200 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 ‘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

  • 1227
    Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
  • 1830
    Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
  • 1918
    An explosion kills more than 100 and destroys the T.A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant in Sayreville, New Jersey. Fires and explosions continue for three days forcing massive evacuations and spreading ordnance over a wide area, pieces of which were still being found as of 2007.
  • 1927
    Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
  • 1957
    Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 1965
    Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
  • 1967
    Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 1991
    The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 1992
    El Al Flight 1862: an El Al Boeing 747-258F crashes into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam, killing 43 including 39 on the ground.
  • 2001
    Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1289
    King Louis X of France (d. 1316)
  • 1931
    Basil D'Oliveira CBE, South African born cricketer
  • 1941
    Robert Wilson, American theatre director
  • 1943
    Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (d. 2007)
  • 1946
    Chuck Hagel, American politician
  • 1968
    Richard Hancox, English footballer
  • 1969
    Abraham Benrubi, American actor
  • 1971
    Darren Middleton, Australian guitarist
  • 1973
    Chris Parks, American wrestler
  • 1984
    Lena Katina, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)

Who died on October 4?

  • 1660
    Francesco Albani, Italian painter (b. 1578)
  • 1661
    Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  • 1680
    Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1961
    Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer, Exarch of Russian Church in North America (b. 1880)
  • 1982
    Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Greek politician, 165th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1898)
  • 1994
    Danny Gatton, American guitar virtuoso (b. 1945)
  • 2000
    Michael Smith, biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2009
    Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)

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