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, 25,117,920 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 ‘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

  • 1227
    Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
  • 1777
    Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe.
  • 1876
    Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1941
    Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. captures Solomon Islands.
  • 1957
    Leave It To Beaver premieres on CBS.
  • 1957
    Sputnik 1 is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 1967
    Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 1974
    Founding of the New Democracy party in Greece.
  • 1985
    Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1276
    Margaret of Brabant, Queen of Germany (d. 1311)
  • 1903
    Pierre Garbay, French army general and military governor of Paris (d. 1980)
  • 1916
    Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1931
    Sir Terence Conran, English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer
  • 1942
    Karl W. Richter, American aviator (d. 1967)
  • 1943
    Margaret Pemberton, English writer
  • 1949
    Armand Assante, American actor
  • 1979
    Stefan Booth, British actor
  • 1980
    Sarah Fisher, American IndyCar driver and team owner
  • 1986
    Yuridia, Mexican singer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1582
    Teresa of Avila, Spanish saint (b. 1515)
  • 1680
    Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1864
    Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • 1904
    Frédéric Bartholdi, French sculptor (b. 1834)
  • 1910
    Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (b. 1850)
  • 1982
    The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver and 1967 Formula One world champion (b. 1936)
  • 2001
    Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Mercedes Sosa, Argentine singer (b. 1935)

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