In today’s article on Today in History – October 4, we will look into the most important events that took place in India and in world. Just how important they were or how deeply they impact our present is something you should judge on your own. So, let’s travel back in time and collect some elements of our past…
What Happened On This Day in History – October 4
Today in History – October 4: “India”
1857: Shyamji Krishna Varma – freedom fighter, founder of The Indian Sociologist, India House and Indian Home Rule Society in London – was born on this day.
1907: Riots in Calcutta’s Chitpore Road.
1953: India gets elected into UN Trusteeship Council.
1957: Export Risk Insurance Corporation of India (Pvt. Ltd.) was inaugurated on this day. It was however formed on July 30.
1974: Protesting the Apartheid Policies of South African government, India refused to play South Africa in Davis Cup final.
1977: Indira Gandhi was unconditionally released of charges of political corruption.
1977: Atal Bihari Vajpayee used Hindi language for addressing UNO General Assembly. Back then, he was India’s External Affairs Minister.
1997: INSAT-2D became inoperable on this day because an anomaly in its power bus and several other problems associated with it.
Today in History – October 4: “World”
23 CE: Chang’an – the Chinese capital was captured by rebels and then sacked. The rebels of the peasant rebellion eventually captured and killed the emperor of China two days later. The emperor was killed by decapitation.
610: Heraclius reached Constantinople from Africa via ship. He overthrows Phocas – the Byzantine Emperor and himself becomes the Emperor of the empire.
1227: Caliph al-Adil assassinated.
1302: Byzantine-Venetian War comes to an end with a peace treaty between Republic of Venice and Byzantine Empire.
1363: In one of the largest naval battles in history of mankind, Chen Youliang was defeated by Zhu Yuanzhang’s rebel forces, bringing an end to the Battle of Lake Poyang.
1582: Gregorian Calendar implemented by Pope Gregory XIII. In four countries – Spain, Portugal, Poland and Italy, October 4 was preceded by October 15.
1636: In Battle of Wittstock, armies of Holy Roman Empire and Saxony were defeated by army of Sweden.
1693: The French defeat the Piedmontese troops at Battle of Marsaglia.
1777: At Battle of Germantown, Sir William Hove led British troops repel the American troops commanded by George Washington.
1795: Napoleon Bonaparte gains national prominence by crushing counter-revolutionary armed rioters who threatened the National Convention.
1853: War declared on Russian Empire by Ottoman Empire.
1917: In Flanders, German and British armies clash with each other at Battle of Broodseinde during World War I.
1957: Sputnik 1 launched. It was the first man made satellite to orbit Earth.
1958: France adopts it current constitution.
1993: During Russian Constitutional Crisis, White House housing Russian Parliament was bombarded by tanks in Moscow. Demonstrators rallied outside the White House against Boris Yeltsin – the then Russian President.
2006: Julian Assange launched Wikileaks.