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

  • 610
    Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas and becomes Emperor.
  • 1535
    The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1777
    Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe.
  • 1927
    Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. captures Solomon Islands.
  • 1958
    Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1657
    Francesco Solimena, Italian painter (d. 1747)
  • 1881
    Walther von Brauchitsch, German statesman (d. 1948)
  • 1911
    Sir Michael Hordern, British actor (d. 1995)
  • 1916
    Jan Murray, American comedian (d. 2006)
  • 1941
    Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • 1946
    Bridget St John, English singer/songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961
    Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • 1965
    Olaf Backasch, German footballer
  • 1979
    Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
  • 1987
    Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1646
    Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman (b. 1586)
  • 1749
    Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  • 1864
    Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • 1943
    Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish intelligence agent (b. 1906)
  • 1970
    Janis Joplin, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1975
    Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (b. 1903)
  • 1982
    The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Avis Bunnage, English actress (b. 1923)
  • 1996
    Larry Gene Bell, American child murderer (executed by electric chair) (b. 1949)
  • 2009
    Mercedes Sosa, Argentine singer (b. 1935)

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