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, 1,475,539,200 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 ‘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

  • 1636
    The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
  • 1725
    Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.
  • 1777
    Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe.
  • 1958
    Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • 1966
    Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.
  • 1967
    Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    The Ajka plant accident in western Hungary releases about a million cubic metres (35 million cubic feet) of liquid alumina sludge. Nine people are killed and 122 injured, and the Marcal and Danube rivers are severly contaminated.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1542
    Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (d. 1621)
  • 1626
    Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland (d. 1712)
  • 1787
    François Guizot, French statesman (d. 1874)
  • 1836
    Juliette Adam, French writer (d. 1936)
  • 1934
    Sam Huff, American football player
  • 1977
    Cabral Ibacka, Romanian actor and television presenter
  • 1982
    Tony Gwynn Jr., American baseball player
  • 1983
    Dan Clarke, British racing driver
  • 1983
    Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player
  • 1988
    Derrick Rose, American basketball player

Who died on October 4?

  • 1749
    Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  • 1785
    David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
  • 1904
    Frédéric Bartholdi, French sculptor (b. 1834)
  • 1935
    Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1944
    Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  • 1970
    Janis Joplin, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1974
    Anne Sexton, American poet (b. 1928)
  • 1999
    Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2005
    Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Qassem Al-Nasser, Jordanian General (b. 1925)

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