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

  • 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.
  • 1725
    Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
  • 1991
    The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 2003
    Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1861
    Walter Rauschenbusch, Christian Theologian and Baptist Minister (d. 1918)
  • 1862
    Edward Stratemeyer, American author (d. 1930)
  • 1884
    Subramaniya Siva, Indian revolutionary figure (d. 1925)
  • 1892
    Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian politician (d. 1934)
  • 1944
    Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1950
    Meg Bennett, American writer and actress
  • 1961
    Philippe Russo, French singer
  • 1963
    A. C. Green, American basketball player
  • 1971
    Darren Middleton, Australian guitarist
  • 1983
    Dan Clarke, British racing driver

Who died on October 4?

  • 1052
    Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  • 1582
    Teresa of Avila, Spanish saint (b. 1515)
  • 1661
    Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  • 1827
    Grigorios Zalykis, Greek diplomat and lexicographer (b. 1785)
  • 1910
    Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (b. 1850)
  • 1946
    Barney Oldfield, American automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1982
    Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Greek politician, 165th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1898)
  • 1989
    Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1999
    Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2003
    Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)

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