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
The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
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).
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.
Dahomey (present-day Benin) becomes a self-governing country within the French Community.
Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
Suriname joins the United Nations.
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.
Pan Am goes bankrupt and ceases operations.
Who were born on December 4?
Liu Bocheng, Chinese Communist military commander and Marshal of the People’s Liberation Army (d. 1986)
Charles Keating, American attorney and businessman
Ronnie Corbett, Scottish actor
Freddy Cannon, American musician
Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
François Migault, French racing driver
Paul McGrath, Irish footballer
Lila McCann, American country singer
Brooke Adams, American model
Martell Webster, American basketball player
Who died on December 4?
Pope John XXII (b. 1249)
John Willock, Scottish reformer
Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (b. 1588)
Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)
Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)
Fred Hampton, American activist (b. 1948)
Francisco Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
Richard Vernon, English actor (b. 1925)
Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
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