October 4 in Pop Culture History
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.
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.
1941 – Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuted on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
1957 – The USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
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.
1990 – Beverly 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.