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, 418,632 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 ‘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

  • 1693
    Battle of Marsaglia: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
  • 1779
    The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 1830
    Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
  • 1853
    Crimean War: The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
  • 1876
    Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1883
    First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1941
    Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 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).

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1626
    Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland (d. 1712)
  • 1822
    Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (d. 1893)
  • 1914
    Brendan Gill, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1922
    Malcolm Baldrige, 26th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1987)
  • 1936
    Charlie Hurley, Irish footballer
  • 1938
    Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942
    Karl W. Richter, American aviator (d. 1967)
  • 1971
    Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • 1975
    Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian football player
  • 1979
    Adam Voges, Australian cricketer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1052
    Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  • 1661
    Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  • 1827
    Grigorios Zalykis, Greek diplomat and lexicographer (b. 1785)
  • 1944
    Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  • 1958
    Ida Wüst, German actress, (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    Janis Joplin, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1999
    Art Farmer, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1928)
  • 2001
    Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • 2004
    Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)

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