Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 4
This is a list of selected October 4 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled October 4, 2017 featured article or the October 4, 2017 featured picture.
To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.
Use only ONE image at a time
|World Animal Day||stub|
|Independence Day in Lesotho (1966)||refimprove section|
|1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces were victorious at the Battle of Germantown, ensuring that Philadelphia, the capital of the revolutionary government of the Thirteen Colonies, would remain in British hands throughout the winter of 1777–78.||unreferenced section|
|1824 – Mexico enacted its first constitution, defining the nation as a federal republic.||multiple issues|
|1830 – Belgian Revolution: The provisional government in Brussels declared the creation of the independent and neutral state of Belgium, in revolt against the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.||empty section|
|1957 – Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, was launched by an R-7 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam, Kazakh SSR.||external links|
|1967 – Hassanal Bolkiah became Sultan of Brunei upon the abdication of his father, Omar Ali Saifuddien III.||unreferenced section, refimprove section|
|1985 – Software developer Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation to support the free software movement.||requires expansion|
|1997 – Armored car driver David Ghantt stole $17.3 million from his employer, one of the largest cash robberies in U.S. history.||needs more footnotes|
|2001 – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 78 people on board.||refimprove section|
- 1779 – American Revolution: James Wilson and his colleagues were forced to defend themselves after a mob, angered by his successful legal defense of 23 people from exile, converged on his house, resulting in six deaths.
- 1876 – Texas A&M University opened as the first public institution of higher education in the US state of Texas.
- 1918 – An ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, US, exploded killing over 100 people and destroying more than 300 buildings.
- 1958 – The new constitution establishing the French Fifth Republic, France's current political regime, was introduced.
- 1963 – Flora, one of the wettest and deadliest hurricanes in history, made landfall in Cuba, after having previously struck Tobago and Hispaniola.
- 1993 – Russian Constitutional Crisis: Tanks bombarded the White House in Moscow while demonstrators against President Boris Yeltsin rallied outside.
- 2010 – The dam holding a waste reservoir in western Hungary collapsed, freeing 1 million cubic metres (1,300,000 cu yd) of red mud, which flooded nearby communities and killed at least nine people.
- 1895 – The first US Open golf tournament was held on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
- 1917 – First World War: The British devastated the German defence in the Battle of Broodseinde, which prompted a crisis among the German commanders and caused a severe loss of morale in the German Fourth Army.
- 1941 – Willie Gillis, one of Norman Rockwell's trademark characters, debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
- 1976 – British Rail's InterCity 125 service (pictured), the world's fastest diesel-powered train, began operations on the Western Region.
- 2003 – A suicide bomber killed 21 people and injured more than 50 others inside the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel.