What Happened on October 4

Historical Events

  • 1363 End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, in one of the largest naval battles in history.
  • 1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1883 Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe by rail
  • 1900 In a final confrontation, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1957 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
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Did You Know?

Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore.

On October 4, 1927

Famous Weddings

  • 1539 King Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves, his 4th wife
  • 1767 Prince Willem V marries Prussian princess Wilhelmina
  • 1795 "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" poet Samuel Coleridge (22) marries Sarah Fricker
  • 1795 Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (22) weds Sara Fricker in Bristol, England
  • 1802 English romantic poet William Wordsworth (32) marries childhood friend Mary Hutchinson

Famous Divorces

  • 2016 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale divorce after 13 years of marriage
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