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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 21, 2015 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,065,280 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 127 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 1,017 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.
  • 1777
    Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe.
  • 1779
    The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 1824
    Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.
  • 1883
    First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1957
    Space Race: Launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
  • 1965
    Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
  • 1976
    Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • 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.

Who were born on October 4?

  • 1542
    Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (d. 1621)
  • 1858
    Michael I. Pupin, Serbian-born telephone pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1890
    Dr. Alan L. Hart, American transsexual, radiologist, and novelist (d. 1962)
  • 1956
    Christoph Waltz, Austrian actor
  • 1957
    Russell Simmons, American entrepreneur
  • 1959
    Tony Meo, English snooker player
  • 1961
    Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • 1980
    Mellisa Hollingsworth, Canadian skeleton racer
  • 1981
    Juka, Japanese singer
  • 1985
    Shontelle, Barbadian singer

Who died on October 4?

  • 1660
    Francesco Albani, Italian painter (b. 1578)
  • 1743
    John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish soldier (b. 1678)
  • 1903
    Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • 1935
    Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1951
    Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  • 1982
    The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1996
    Larry Gene Bell, American child murderer (executed by electric chair) (b. 1949)
  • 1999
    Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2000
    Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    Mercedes Sosa, Argentine singer (b. 1935)

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