October 4 in Pop Culture History

October 4th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 4th History Highlights

  • 1582 – Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the calendar, making The day after Thursday, October 4, 1582, as now Friday, October 15, 1582, starting the Gregorian Calendar which we use today.
  • 1943 – Corsica (a French Territory) was liberated from Nazi Germany.
  • 1957 – The USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
  • If you were born on October 4th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 11th (same year)

Traditional October 4th Information

October 4 was established in 1952 as a day of charity. Professional Golfers go out and play with amateurs in order to gain funds for different causes. The professionals play and the amateurs pay, so to speak, for the privilege. This day is always on October 4 but can be found also on differing days in June.

October 4th is…

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Improve Your Office Day
Ships-In-Bottles Day
Taco Day
10-4 Day
Vodka Day
World Animal Day

October 4th Birthday Quotes

“In my experience, there’s only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That’s to have a vision and to stick with it… Once I have a vision for a new venture, I’m going to ride that vision until the wheels come off.”
– Russell Simmons

“A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.”
– Buster Keaton

“Every expert was once a beginner.”
Rutherford B. Hayes

“I think writer’s block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.”
Roy Blount, Jr.

“I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.”
– Dakota Johnson

“No matter how rudely someone treats you, remain kind. Walking away at peace with yourself is worth it.”
– Anne Rice

October 4th Birthdays

1822 – Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (died in 1893)
1892 – Robert Lawson, American author, and illustrator (died in 1957)
1895 – Buster Keaton, American film actor, director, and producer (died in 1966)
1896 – Dorothy Lawrence, English reporter, secretly posed as a man to serve during World War I (died in 1964)
1923 – Charlton Heston, American actor, civil and gun rights activist (died in 2008)
1937 – Jackie Collins, English-American author (died in 2015)
1941 – Roy Blount, Jr., American humorist and journalist
1941 – Anne Rice, American author
1953 – Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss harp player, and new age musician
1957 – Russell Simmons, American businessman, founded Def Jam Recordings
1967 – Liev Schreiber, American actor
1976 – Alicia Silverstone, American actress
1979 – Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
1989 – Dakota Johnson, American actress

October 4th History

1535 – The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) was printed, translated by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.

1876 – Texas A&M University opened as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.

1883 – First run of the Orient Express, from Paris to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna.

1895 – The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship was played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

October 4, 1935 Birthday (fictional) Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter

1941 – Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuted on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

1957 – Leave It To Beaver premiered.

1961The Alvin Show premiered (Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave)

1965 – Pope Paul VI’s visit to New York got television coverage on all 3 American networks. The Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium was broadcast in color.

1980 – #1 Hit October 4, 1980 – October 24, 1980: Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

1980 – Heathcliff premiered on ABC Saturday morning

1988 – Televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted for fraud.

1990Beverly Hills, 90210 premiered on FOX

2003 – #1 Hit October 4, 2003 – December 5, 2003: Beyonce featuring Sean Paul – Baby Boy

2004 – SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize, for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The “Molotov cocktail” was named by Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviet invasion of 1939/1940. It was named after the Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov.

The first person offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard was Frank Sinatra. #contractualobligation

16 ounces Alpo = 1 dog pound

It must have been awkward for Jessie after his friend wrote that song about his girl.

Crayola means “oily chalk.”

Shakespeare used the word honorificabilitudinitatibus in Love’s Labour’s Lost. It basically means ‘honorable, and the word was invented in the 9th century.

If The Count from Sesame Street bit someone would they become a muppet?

Facebook has a ‘poke’ button, but what they should have is a ‘slap the crap out of this person’ button

‘Odontophobia’ is the fear of teeth.

A group of Eels is called a Swarm or Bed or Fry.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond film that he starred in.

If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough.

More Pop Culture History Resources