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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 21, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,784,000 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 ‘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 70 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 2,905 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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December 4 Historical Events
First Crusade: The Crusaders sack Sidon.
The final session of the Council of Trent is held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
Suriname joins the United Nations.
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire.
South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
Journalist Terry A. Anderson is released after 7 years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut. He is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.
An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km south of Tokyo.
Who were born on December 4?
Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (d. 1926)
Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher (d. 1990)
Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, American pilot (d. 1988)
Mark Robson, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1978)
Horst Buchholz, German-born actor (d. 2003)
Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
Atsushi Tamura, Japanese comedian, musician (jealkb)
Keith Caputo, American singer (Life Of Agony)
Jeff Taylor, Canadian computer scientist
Orlando Brown, American actor
Who died on December 4?
Alexander Hume, Scottish poet
William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)
Luigi Galvani, Italian physicist (b. 1737)
Griffith Rhys Jones, Welsh conductor (b. 1834)
Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)
Hannah Arendt, German political theorist (b. 1906)
Margaret Landon, American writer (b. 1903)
Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)
Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
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