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, 409,872 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1824
    Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.
  • 1830
    Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
  • 1895
    The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship administered by the United States Golf Association is played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at the Brenner Pass.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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?

  • 1626
    Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland (d. 1712)
  • 1868
    Marcelo T. de Alvear, Argentine politician (d. 1942)
  • 1895
    Buster Keaton, American comedian (d. 1966)
  • 1944
    Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1945
    Clifton Davis, American actor
  • 1957
    Kyra Schon, American actress
  • 1976
    Santiago, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978
    Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor
  • 1981
    Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Jered Weaver, American baseball player

Who died on October 4?

  • 1597
    Sarsa Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1550)
  • 1661
    Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  • 1749
    Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  • 1827
    Grigorios Zalykis, Greek diplomat and lexicographer (b. 1785)
  • 1935
    Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  • 1977
    José Ber Gelbard, Argentine activist and politician (b. 1917).
  • 1991
    J. Frank Wilson, American singer (J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) (b. 1941)
  • 2000
    Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Tom Bell, English actor (b. 1933)

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