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.
  • 1363
    End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, in one of the largest naval battles in history.
  • 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.
  • 1876
    Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1957
    Leave It To Beaver premieres on CBS.
  • 1967
    Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 1974
    Founding of the New Democracy party in Greece.
  • 1985
    Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
  • 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?

  • 1787
    François Guizot, French statesman (d. 1874)
  • 1880
    Damon Runyon, American writer (d. 1946)
  • 1916
    Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1937
    Jim Sillars, Scottish politician
  • 1940
    Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1942
    Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • 1948
    Linda McMahon, CEO of WWE
  • 1968
    Tim Wise, American writer and activist
  • 1981
    Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Marios Nicolaou, Greek-Cypriot footballer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1052
    Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  • 1680
    Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1852
    James Whitcomb, American politician (b. 1795)
  • 1871
    Sarel Cilliers Voortrekker leader and preacher (b. 1801)
  • 1935
    Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1970
    Janis Joplin, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1982
    Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (b. 1932)
  • 1994
    Danny Gatton, American guitar virtuoso (b. 1945)
  • 1999
    Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2009
    Mercedes Sosa, Argentine singer (b. 1935)

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