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

  • 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.
  • 1535
    The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1779
    The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    Leave It To Beaver premieres on CBS.
  • 1957
    Sputnik 1 is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.
  • 2001
    NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1625
    Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (d. 1661)
  • 1868
    Marcelo T. de Alvear, Argentine politician (d. 1942)
  • 1923
    Charlton Heston, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1937
    Jackie Collins, British author
  • 1941
    Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • 1949
    Armand Assante, American actor
  • 1959
    Tony Meo, English snooker player
  • 1976
    Santiago, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978
    Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor
  • 1982
    Jered Weaver, American baseball player

Who died on October 4?

  • 1680
    Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1743
    John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish soldier (b. 1678)
  • 1903
    Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • 1935
    Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  • 1974
    Anne Sexton, American poet (b. 1928)
  • 1981
    Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • 1982
    The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Avis Bunnage, English actress (b. 1923)
  • 2000
    Michael Smith, biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2004
    Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)

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