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 338th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 21, 2019 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 437,616 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 ‘trihectatriacontaoctagon’ 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 52 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 2,539 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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December 4 Historical Events
Father Jacques Marquette founds a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek (the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois).
The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Police officers is killed in battle by an estimated 3,000 Ndebele on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.
1st Grey Cup game is played. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26–6.
The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.
World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by GS U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
Vietnam War: US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
The Hastie fire in Hull, kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
Who were born on December 4?
Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet (d. 1625)
Jan Thomée, Dutch football player (d. 1954)
Charles Keating, American attorney and businessman
Patricia Wettig, American actress
Christa Rothenburger, German speed skater and cyclist
Julie Lemieux, Canadian voice actress
Scott Hastings, Scottish Rugby Union international
Tyra Banks, American supermodel
Martell Webster, American basketball player
Guan Xueting, Chinese ice dancer
Who died on December 4?
Theobald V of Champagne, King of Navarre
John Willock, Scottish reformer
Luigi Galvani, Italian physicist (b. 1737)
Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)
Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
Francisco Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
Rouben Mamoulian, Armenian-American film director (b. 1897)
Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
Frank Zappa, American musician and composer (b. 1940)
Lionel Giroux, Canadian midget wrestler (b. 1935)
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