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, 24,592,320 minutes 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

  • 1636
    The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
  • 1779
    The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 1824
    Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. captures Solomon Islands.
  • 1957
    Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • 2010
    The Ajka plant accident in western Hungary releases about a million cubic metres (35 million cubic feet) of liquid alumina sludge. Nine people are killed and 122 injured, and the Marcal and Danube rivers are severly contaminated.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1890
    Dr. Alan L. Hart, American transsexual, radiologist, and novelist (d. 1962)
  • 1903
    Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist (d. 1993)
  • 1903
    Pierre Garbay, French army general and military governor of Paris (d. 1980)
  • 1918
    Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1946
    Chuck Hagel, American politician
  • 1947
    Julien Clerc, French singer
  • 1957
    Russell Simmons, American entrepreneur
  • 1979
    Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
  • 1980
    James Jones, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Shontelle, Barbadian singer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1582
    Teresa of Avila, Spanish saint (b. 1515)
  • 1864
    Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • 1903
    Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • 1910
    Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (b. 1850)
  • 1935
    Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1947
    Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1858)
  • 1975
    Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (b. 1903)
  • 1982
    Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Tom Bell, English actor (b. 1933)

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