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What are the important events that happened on December 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 4 is the 339th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 21, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,336 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 ‘trihectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 55 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 1,444 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 4 Historical Events

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Barbara.
  • 1563
    The final session of the Council of Trent is held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
  • 1875
    Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then Spain.
  • 1992
    Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.
  • 2005
    Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.

Who were born on December 4?

  • 1646
    Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France (d. 1730)
  • 1844
    Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)
  • 1944
    Chris Hillman, American singer (The Byrds)
  • 1963
    Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter
  • 1964
    Marisa Tomei, American actress

Who died on December 4?

  • 1340
    Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)
  • 1945
    Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
  • 1948
    Frank Benford, American electrical engineer and physicist (b. 1883)
  • 2003
    Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)

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