About October 4

October 4, 2020 is the 278th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Libra is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 131 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 4

  • 610
    Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas and becomes Emperor.
  • 1511
    Formation of the Holy League of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Papal States and the Republic of Venice against France.
  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
  • 1725
    Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.
  • 1795
    Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence with a “Whiff of Grapeshot”, using cannon to suppress armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the French Legislature (National Convention).
  • 1830
    Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
  • 1853
    Crimean War: The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
  • 1883
    First meeting of the Boys’ Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1883
    First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1895
    The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship administered by the United States Golf Association is played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 1918
    An explosion kills more than 100 and destroys the T.A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant in Sayreville, New Jersey. Fires and explosions continue for three days forcing massive evacuations and spreading ordnance over a wide area, pieces of which were still being found as of 2007.
  • 1957
    Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 1960
    Eastern Air Lines Flight 375, a Lockheed L-188 Electra, crashes after a bird strike on takeoff from Boston’s Logan International Airport, killing 62 of 72 on board.
  • 1965
    Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
  • 1966
    Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.
  • 1974
    Founding of the New Democracy party in Greece.
  • 1988
    U.S. televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted for fraud.
  • 1991
    The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 1992
    The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
  • 2010
    The Ajka plant accident in western Hungary releases about a million cubic metres (35 million cubic feet) of liquid alumina sludge. Nine people are killed and 122 injured, and the Marcal and Danube rivers are severly contaminated.

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