What happened this day in history December 4

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

  • 1791
    The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
  • 1872
    The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia (the ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged).
  • 1918
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
  • 1958
    Dahomey (present-day Benin) becomes a self-governing country within the French Community.
  • 1969
    Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
  • 1971
    The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • 1975
    Suriname joins the United Nations.
  • 1977
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
  • 1979
    The Hastie fire in Hull, kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
  • 1991
    Pan Am goes bankrupt and ceases operations.

Who were born on December 4?

  • 1892
    Liu Bocheng, Chinese Communist military commander and Marshal of the People’s Liberation Army (d. 1986)
  • 1923
    Charles Keating, American attorney and businessman
  • 1930
    Ronnie Corbett, Scottish actor
  • 1939
    Freddy Cannon, American musician
  • 1940
    Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
  • 1944
    François Migault, French racing driver
  • 1959
    Paul McGrath, Irish footballer
  • 1981
    Lila McCann, American country singer
  • 1984
    Brooke Adams, American model
  • 1986
    Martell Webster, American basketball player

Who died on December 4?

  • 1334
    Pope John XXII (b. 1249)
  • 1585
    John Willock, Scottish reformer
  • 1679
    Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (b. 1588)
  • 1926
    Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
  • 1938
    Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)
  • 1967
    Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Fred Hampton, American activist (b. 1948)
  • 1980
    Francisco Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
  • 1997
    Richard Vernon, English actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)

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