On This Day

What Happened on October 4

Important Events

  • 1537 The 1st complete English-language Bible, the "Matthew Bible" is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale
  • 1582 Last Julian calendar day in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states. To sync to the Gregorian calendar, 10 days are skipped and the next date is Oct 15.
  • 1883 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
  • 1900 In a final confrontation, around 4,000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1957 Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit
  • 2006 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange
More Historical Events

October 4 in Film & TV

  • 1987 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

October 4 in Music

  • 1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

October 4 in Sport

  • 1895 1st US Open Men's Golf, Newport GC: Englishman Horace Rawlins wins inaugural event; beats Willie Dunn of Scotland by 2 strokes

Did You Know?

Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore (works on till 1941)

On October 4, 1927


Would You Believe?

End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, one of the largest naval battles in history with 850,000 taking part (approx.)

On October 4, 1363

Famous Weddings

  • 1539 English 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 in Bristol, England

Famous Divorces

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