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 277th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 21, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,507,075,200 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 ‘dihectaheptacontaheptagon’ 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 138 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 1,748 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 4 Historical Events

  • 1883
    First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1957
    Sputnik 1 is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • 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.
  • 1988
    U.S. televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted for fraud.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
  • 2001
    NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1862
    Edward Stratemeyer, American author (d. 1930)
  • 1880
    Damon Runyon, American writer (d. 1946)
  • 1903
    John Vincent Atanasoff, American computer pioneer (d. 1995)
  • 1918
    Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1942
    Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • 1943
    Margaret Pemberton, English writer
  • 1947
    Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • 1959
    Tony Meo, English snooker player
  • 1986
    Yuridia, Mexican singer
  • 1987
    Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1305
    Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)
  • 1646
    Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman (b. 1586)
  • 1910
    Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (b. 1850)
  • 1944
    Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  • 1977
    José Ber Gelbard, Argentine activist and politician (b. 1917).
  • 1982
    Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Greek politician, 165th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1898)
  • 1989
    Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1999
    Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2009
    Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)

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