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  • What happened on October 4
  • October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on October 4
  • AD 23 – Rebels capture and sack the Chinese capital Chang’an during a peasant rebellion. They kill and decapitate the emperor,Wang Mang, two days later.
  • 610 – Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas and becomes Emperor.
  • 1227 – Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
  • 1302 – A peace treaty between the Byzantine Empire and the Republic of Venice ends the Byzantine–Venetian War (1296–1302).
  • 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.
  • 1511 – Formation of the Holy League of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Papal States and the Republic of Venice against France.
  • 1535 – The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.
  • 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.
  • 1597 – The first Guale uprising begins against the Spanish missions in Georgia.
  • 1636 – The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
  • 1693 – Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
  • 1725 – Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.
  • 1777 – Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe.
  • 1779 – The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 1795 – Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence by suppressing armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the National Convention.
  • 1824 – Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.
  • 1830 – The Provisional Government of Belgium secedes from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • 1853 – The Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire.
  • 1876 – Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1883 – First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1883 – First meeting of the Boys’ Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 1904 – IFK Göteborg was founded in Café Olivedal in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1917 – World War I: The Battle of Broodseinde is fought between the British and German armies in Flanders.
  • 1918 – An explosion kills more than 100 and destroys the T.A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant in Sayreville, New Jersey.
  • 1927 – Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
  • 1936 – The British Union of Fascists and various anti-fascist organizations violently clash in the Battle of Cable Street.
  • 1941 – Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1957 – Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
  • 1958 – The current constitution of France is adopted.
  • 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 people (out of 72 onboard).
  • 1963 – Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.
  • 1965 – Pope Paul VI arrives in New York City, the first Pope to visit the Americas.
  • 1966 – Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.
  • 1967 – Omar Ali Saifuddien III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 1976 – Official launch of the InterCity 125 high speed train.
  • 1983 – Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 miles per hour (1,019.468 km/h), driving Thrust2 at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
  • 1985 – The Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
  • 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.
  • 1992 – El Al Flight 1862: An El Al Boeing 747-258F crashes into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam, killing 43 including 39 on the ground.
  • 1993 – Russian Constitutional Crisis: In Moscow, tanks bombard the White House, a government building that housed the Russian parliament, while demonstrators against President Boris Yeltsin rally outside.
  • 1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. A Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million stolen cash.
  • 2001 – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: A Sibir Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. Seventy-eight people are killed.
  • 2003 – Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: Twenty-one Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
  • 2004 – SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.
  • 2006 – Wikileaks is launched by Julian Assange.
  • 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 severely contaminated.

 

 

 

  • Births on October 4
  • 1160 – Alys, Countess of the Vexin, daughter of Louis VII of France (d. c. 1220)
  • 1274 – Rudolf I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1319)
  • 1276 – Margaret of Brabant (d. 1311)
  • 1289 – Louis X of France (d. 1316)
  • 1331 – James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, Irish politician, Lord Justice of Ireland (d. 1382)
  • 1379 – Henry III of Castile (d. 1406)
  • 1515 – Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter (d. 1586)
  • 1542 – Robert Bellarmine, Italian cardinal and saint (d. 1621)
  • 1550 – Charles IX of Sweden (d. 1611)
  • 1562 – Christen Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer and author (d. 1647)
  • 1570 – Péter Pázmány, Hungarian cardinal and philosopher (d. 1637)
  • 1585 – Anna of Tyrol (d. 1618)
  • 1625 – Jacqueline Pascal, French nun and composer (d. 1661)
  • 1626 – Richard Cromwell, English academic and politician, Lord Protector of Great Britain (d. 1712)
  • 1657 – Francesco Solimena, Italian painter and illustrator (d. 1747)
  • 1694 – Lord George Murray, Scottish Jacobite General (d. 1760)
  • 1720 – Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian sculptor and illustrator (d. 1778)
  • 1723 – Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, German entomologist and author (d. 1798)
  • 1759 – Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician and academic (d. 1803)
  • 1768 – Francisco José de Caldas, Colombian naturalist, executed by royalists in the war of independence (d. 1816)
  • 1787 – François Guizot, French historian and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of France (d. 1874)
  • 1793 – Charles Pearson, English lawyer and politician (d. 1862)
  • 1807 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of Canada East (d. 1864)
  • 1814 – Jean-François Millet, French painter and educator (d. 1875)
  • 1822 – Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (d. 1893)
  • 1835 – Jenny Twitchell Kempton, American opera singer and educator (d. 1921)
  • 1836 – Juliette Adam, French author (d. 1936)
  • 1837 – Auguste-Réal Angers, Canadian judge and politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1919)
  • 1841 – Prudente de Morais, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Brazil (d. 1912)
  • 1841 – Maria Sophie of Bavaria (d. 1925)
  • 1843 – Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Palestinian nun and Catholic Saint (d. 1927)
  • 1858 – Léon Serpollet, French businessman (d. 1903)
  • 1861 – Walter Rauschenbusch, American pastor and theologian (d. 1918)
  • 1861 – Frederic Remington, American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1909)
  • 1862 – Edward Stratemeyer, American author and publisher (d. 1930)
  • 1868 – Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 20th President of Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1874 – John Ellis, English executioner (d. 1932)
  • 1877 – Razor Smith, English cricketer (d. 1946)
  • 1880 – Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and short story writer. (d. 1946)
  • 1881 – Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal (d. 1948)
  • 1884 – Ramchandra Shukla, Indian historian and author (d. 1941)
  • 1884 – Subramaniya Siva, Indian author and activist (d. 1925)
  • 1886 – Luis Alberni, Spanish-American actor and singer (d. 1962)
  • 1888 – Lucy Tayiah Eads, American tribal chief (d. 1961)
  • 1888 – Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)
  • 1890 – Alan L. Hart, American physician and author (d. 1962)
  • 1890 – Osman Cemal Kaygılı, Turkish writer and journalist (d. 1945)
  • 1892 – Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian soldier and politician, 14th Federal Chancellor of Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1892 – Hermann Glauert, English aerodynamicist and author (d. 1934)
  • 1892 – Robert Lawson, American author and illustrator (d. 1957)
  • 1895 – Buster Keaton, American film actor, director, and producer (d. 1966)
  • 1895 – Richard Sorge, German journalist and spy (d. 1944)
  • 1896 – Dorothy Lawrence, English reporter, who secretly posed as a man to become a soldier during World War I (died 1964)
  • 1900 – August Mälk, Estonian author and playwright (d. 1987)
  • 1903 – Bona Arsenault, Canadian genealogist, historian, and politician (d. 1993)
  • 1903 – John Vincent Atanasoff, American physicist and academic, invented the Atanasoff–Berry computer (d. 1995)
  • 1903 – Pierre Garbay, French general (d. 1980)
  • 1903 – Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian-German lawyer and general (d. 1946)
  • 1907 – Alain Daniélou, French-Swiss historian and academic (d. 1994)
  • 1910 – Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1910 – Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı, Turkish poet and author (d. 1956)
  • 1913 – Martial Célestin, Haitian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Haiti (d. 2011)
  • 1914 – Jim Cairns, Australian economist and politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Brendan Gill, American journalist and essayist (d. 1997)
  • 1916 – Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1916 – Jan Murray, American comedian, actor, and game show host (d. 2006)
  • 1916 – George Sidney, American director and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1917 – Violeta Parra, Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)
  • 1918 – Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1922 – Malcolm Baldrige, Jr., American businessman and politician, 26th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1987)
  • 1922 – Shin Kyuk-ho, South Korean-Japanese businessman, founded Lotte Group
  • 1922 – Don Lenhardt, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Charlton Heston, American actor, director and gun rights activist (d. 2008)
  • 1924 – Donald J. Sobol, American soldier and author (d. 2012)
  • 1925 – Roger Wood, Belgian-American journalist (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Raymond Watson, American businessman (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Wolf Kahn, American painter and academic
  • 1928 – Alvin Toffler, German-American journalist and author (d. 2016)
  • 1928 – Torben Ulrich, Danish-American tennis player
  • 1929 – Scotty Beckett, American actor and singer (d. 1968)
  • 1929 – John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)
  • 1929 – Leroy Van Dyke, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1931 – Terence Conran, English designer and businessman
  • 1931 – Basil D’Oliveira, South African-English cricketer and footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1931 – Richard Rorty, American philosopher and author (d. 2007)
  • 1933 – German Moreno, Filipino television host and actor (d. 2016)
  • 1933 – Ann Thwaite, English author
  • 1934 – Sam Huff, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1934 – Dimosthenis Sofianos, Greek journalist and poet
  • 1936 – Charlie Hurley, Irish footballer and manager
  • 1936 – Giles Radice, Baron Radice, English politician
  • 1937 – Jackie Collins, English-American author and actress (d. 2015)
  • 1937 – David Crocker, American philosopher and academic
  • 1937 – Gail Gilmore, Canadian-American actress and dancer (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – Jim Sillars, Scottish lawyer and politician
  • 1938 – Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1938 – Norman D. Wilson, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1939 – Ivan Mauger, New Zealand motorcycle racer
  • 1940 – Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1940 – Silvio Marzolini, Argentinian footballer and manager
  • 1940 – Steve Swallow, American bass player and composer
  • 1940 – Alberto Vilar, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1941 – Roy Blount, Jr., American humorist and journalist
  • 1941 – Karen Cushman, American author
  • 1941 – Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian race car driver
  • 1941 – Anne Rice, American author
  • 1941 – Robert Wilson, American director and playwright
  • 1942 – Bernice Johnson Reagon, American singer-songwriter
  • 1942 – Karl W. Richter, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1967)
  • 1942 – Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Icelandic politician, 24th Prime Minister of Iceland
  • 1942 – Christopher Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1943 – H. Rap Brown, American activist
  • 1943 – Owen Davidson, Australian tennis player
  • 1943 – Karl-Gustav Kaisla, Finnish ice hockey player and referee (d. 2012)
  • 1943 – Dietmar Mürdter, German footballer
  • 1943 – Florian Pittiș, Romanian actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1943 – Jimy Williams, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944 – Colin Bundy, South African-English historian and academic
  • 1944 – Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1944 – Eddie Gómez, Puerto Rican-American bass player
  • 1944 – Tony La Russa, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944 – John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith, Scottish educator and politician
  • 1945 – Clifton Davis, American singer-songwriter, actor, and minister
  • 1946 – Larry Clapp, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1946 – Chuck Hagel, American sergeant and politician, 24th United States Secretary of Defense
  • 1946 – Michael Mullen, American admiral
  • 1946 – Susan Sarandon, American actress and activist
  • 1947 – Julien Clerc, French singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1947 – Jim Fielder, American bass player
  • 1947 – Ann Widdecombe, English politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
  • 1948 – Linda McMahon, American businesswoman and politician
  • 1948 – Duke Robillard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Armand Assante, American actor and producer
  • 1949 – Stephen Gyllenhaal, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet and author
  • 1953 – Gil Moore, Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer
  • 1953 – Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss harp player
  • 1955 – John Rutherford, Scottish rugby player
  • 1955 – Jorge Valdano, Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager
  • 1956 – Lesley Glaister, English author and playwright
  • 1956 – Charlie Leibrandt, American baseball player
  • 1956 – Sherri Turner, American golfer
  • 1956 – Christoph Waltz, Austrian-German actor
  • 1957 – Bill Fagerbakke, American actor
  • 1957 – Yngve Moe, Norwegian bass player and songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1957 – Russell Simmons, American businessman, founded Def Jam Recordings and Phat Farm
  • 1958 – Anneka Rice, Welsh radio and television host
  • 1959 – Chris Lowe, English singer and keyboard player
  • 1959 – Tony Meo, English snooker player
  • 1959 – Hitonari Tsuji, Japanese author, composer, and director
  • 1960 – Joe Boever, American baseball player
  • 1960 – Henry Worsley, English colonel and explorer (d. 2016)
  • 1961 – Philippe Russo, French singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961 – Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author and illustrator, created Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • 1962 – Carlos Carsolio, Mexican mountaineer
  • 1962 – Jon Secada, Cuban-American singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – A. C. Green, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Koji Ishikawa, Japanese author and illustrator
  • 1964 – Tom Jager, American swimmer
  • 1964 – Yvonne Murray, Scottish runner
  • 1965 – Olaf Backasch, German footballer
  • 1965 – Marcus Bentley, British actor, broadcaster and voice-over artist
  • 1965 – Skip Heller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1965 – Steve Olin, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1965 – Micky Ward, American boxer
  • 1967 – Nick Green, Australian rower
  • 1967 – Liev Schreiber, American actor and director
  • 1968 – Richard Hancox, English footballer and manager
  • 1968 – Tim Wise, American activist and author
  • 1971 – Darren Middleton, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1972 – Kurt Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1974 – Paco León, Spanish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1975 – Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian footballer and manager
  • 1975 – Mohamed Jameel, Maldivian footballer
  • 1976 – Mauro Camoranesi, Argentinian-Italian footballer and manager
  • 1976 – Elisandro Naressi Roos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 – Alicia Silverstone, American actress, producer, and author
  • 1976 – Ueli Steck, Swiss mountaineer and rock climber
  • 1977 – Richard Reed Parry, Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1978 – Phillip Glasser, American actor and producer
  • 1978 – Kei Horie, Japanese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1978 – Kyle Lohse, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Björn Phau, German tennis player
  • 1979 – Adam Voges, Australian cricketer
  • 1979 – Caitriona Balfe, Irish actress and model
  • 1980 – Me’Lisa Barber, American sprinter
  • 1980 – Sarah Fisher, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Mellisa Hollingsworth, Canadian skeleton racer
  • 1980 – James Jones, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
  • 1981 – Shaura, Japanese singer
  • 1981 – Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Tony Gwynn, Jr., American baseball player
  • 1982 – Jered Weaver, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Dan Clarke, English race car driver
  • 1983 – Marios Nicolaou, Cypriot footballer
  • 1983 – Chansi Stuckey, American football player
  • 1983 – Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Vicky Krieps, Luxembourgish actress
  • 1984 – Lena Katina, Russian singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Álvaro Parente, Portuguese race car driver
  • 1984 – Karolina Tymińska, Polish heptathlete
  • 1985 – Shontelle, Barbadian singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Thorsten Wiedemann, German rugby player
  • 1987 – Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer
  • 1987 – Will Puddy, English footballer
  • 1987 – Marina Weisband, German politician
  • 1988 – Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer
  • 1988 – Caner Erkin, Turkish footballer
  • 1988 – Evgeni Krasnopolski, Israeli figure skater
  • 1988 – Derrick Rose, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Dakota Johnson, American model and actress
  • 1990 – Signy Aarna, Estonian footballer

 

 

 

 

 

  • Deaths on October 4
  • 863 – Turpio, Frankish nobleman
  • 1052 – Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  • 1160 – Constance of Castile, Queen of France (b. 1141)
  • 1189 – Gerard de Ridefort, Grand Master of the Knights Templar
  • 1221 – William IV Talvas, Count of Ponthieu (b. 1179)
  • 1226 – Francis of Assisi (b. 1182)
  • 1250 – Herman VI, Margrave of Baden (b. 1226)
  • 1305 – Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)
  • 1582 – Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun and saint (b. 1515)
  • 1597 – Sarsa Dengel, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1550)
  • 1646 – Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English courtier and politician, Earl Marshal of the United Kingdom (b. 1586)
  • 1660 – Francesco Albani, Italian painter (b. 1578)
  • 1661 – Jacqueline Pascal, French nun and composer (b. 1625)
  • 1669 – Rembrandt, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1606)
  • 1680 – Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer, designed the Canal du Midi (b. 1609)
  • 1743 – John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish commander and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (b. 1678)
  • 1749 – Baron Franz von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  • 1821 – John Rennie the Elder, Scottish engineer, designed the Waterloo Bridge (b. 1761)
  • 1827 – Grigorios Zalykis, Greek-French lexicographer and scholar (b. 1785)
  • 1851 – Manuel Godoy, Spanish general and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1767)
  • 1852 – James Whitcomb, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Indiana (b. 1795)
  • 1859 – Karl Baedeker, German publisher, founded Baedeker (b. 1801)
  • 1864 – Joseph Montferrand, Canadian logger and strongman (b. 1802)
  • 1867 – Francis Xavier Seelos, German-American priest and missionary (b. 1819)
  • 1871 – Sarel Cilliers, South African spiritual leader and preacher (b. 1801)
  • 1890 – Catherine Booth, English theologian and saint, co-founded The Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 1903 – Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher and author (b. 1880)
  • 1904 – Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty (b. 1834)
  • 1904 – Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist and academic (b. 1847)
  • 1910 – Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician (b. 1850)
  • 1935 – Jean Béraud, French painter and academic (b. 1849)
  • 1935 – Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano, actress, and director (b. 1874)
  • 1943 – Irena Iłłakowicz, German-Polish lieutenant (b. 1906)
  • 1944 – Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (b. 1873)
  • 1946 – Barney Oldfield, American race car driver and actor (b. 1878)
  • 1947 – Max Planck, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
  • 1951 – Henrietta Lacks, American medical patient (b. 1920)
  • 1955 – Alexander Papagos, Greek general and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1883)
  • 1958 – Ida Wüst, German actress and screenwriter (b. 1884)
  • 1961 – Benjamin, Russian metropolitan (b. 1880)
  • 1963 – Alar Kotli, Estonian architect (b. 1904)
  • 1970 – Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 1974 – Anne Sexton, American poet and author (b. 1928)
  • 1975 – Joan Whitney Payson, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1903)
  • 1977 – José Ber Gelbard, Argentinian activist and politician (b. 1917)
  • 1980 – Pyotr Masherov, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia (b. 1918)
  • 1981 – Freddie Lindstrom, American baseball player and coach (b. 1905)
  • 1982 – Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1932)
  • 1982 – Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Greek politician, 165th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1898)
  • 1989 – Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1989 – Graham Chapman, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 1990 – Mārtiņš Zīverts, Latvian playwright (b. 1903)
  • 1992 – Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 1994 – Danny Gatton, American guitarist (b. 1945)
  • 1997 – Otto Ernst Remer, German general (b. 1912)
  • 1997 – Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese game designer, created Game Boy (b. 1941)
  • 1998 – S. Arasaratnam, Sri Lankan historian and academic (b. 1930)
  • 1999 – Erik Brødreskift, Norwegian drummer (b. 1969)
  • 1999 – Bernard Buffet, French painter and illustrator (b. 1928)
  • 1999 – Art Farmer, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1928)
  • 2000 – Yu Kuo-hwa, Chinese politician, 32nd Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1914)
  • 2000 – Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2001 – Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • 2001 – John Collins, American guitarist (b. 1913)
  • 2001 – Ahron Soloveichik, Russian rabbi and scholar (b. 1917)
  • 2002 – André Delvaux, Belgian-Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2003 – Sid McMath, American lawyer and politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Gordon Cooper, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1927)
  • 2005 – Stanley K. Hathaway, American lawyer and politician, 40th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Qassem Al-Nasser, Jordanian general (b. 1925)
  • 2009 – Gerhard Kaufhold, German footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Günther Rall, German general and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Norman Wisdom, English actor, comedian, and singer-songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2011 – Doris Belack, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – David Atkinson, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Stan Mudenge, Zimbabwean historian and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Tom Stannage, Australian footballer, historian, and academic (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – John Cloudsley-Thompson, Pakistani-English commander (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Ulric Cross, Trinidadian navigator, judge, and diplomat (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Diana Nasution, Indonesian singer (b. 1958)
  • 2013 – Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general and politician, 3rd Minister of Defence for Vietnam (b. 1911)
  • 2013 – Nicholas Oresko, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer and educator (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Hugo Carvana, Brazilian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Fyodor Cherenkov, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1959)
  • 2014 – Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haitian politician, 41st President of Haiti (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Jewel Joseph Newman, American sergeant and politician (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – William A. Culpepper, American general, lawyer, and judge (b. 1916)
  • 2015 – Edida Nageswara Rao, Indian director and producer (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Dave Pike, American vibraphone player and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2015 – Neal Walk, American basketball player (b. 1948)

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on October 4
  • Christian feast day:
    • Amun
    • Francis of Assisi
    • Saint Petronius of Bologna
    • October 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Cinnamon Roll Day (Sweden)
  • Day of Peace and Reconciliation (Mozambique)
  • Independence Day (Lesotho), celebrates the independence of Lesotho from the United Kingdom in 1966.
  • National Taco Day (United States)
  • National Vodka Day (United States)
  • World Animal Day
  • The beginning of World Space Week (October 4–10)

 

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