On this day
The Battle of Lake Poyang ended.
In 1363, the Battle of Lake Poyang ended as the Chinese rebel forces under Zhu Yuanzhang defeated those of Chen Youliang. It was one of the biggest naval battles in history, with over 850,000 taking part in the battle!
The Orient Express left the station for the first time.
In 1883, the Orient Express left on its first official journey from Paris to Istanbul. It remains one of the most famous train journeys in the world – whether or not you know it from certain tales of Agatha Christie, or have traveled yourself this way in the past!
Yunnan suffered a tragedy.
In 2012, a huge landslide hit Yunnan in China. 19 people were killed in the natural catastrophe.
Special Days Falling on October 4thOctober 4th is a time for commemoration, celebration, and thought. Here are some of the most important events taking place today!
World Animal Day
Today is a great day to consider all of the incredible animals we're privileged to share this planet with and our role in protecting them and their homes. Humans are the single biggest threat to all animals, from poaching to the destruction of their natural habitats. Not to mention the sheer disregard for animals we even adopt! So, today, take the time to look into what you can do to help the animals in your area by volunteering at shelters or even adopting an animal friend yourself!
Lesotho Independence Day
Every October 4th is also a very important date for the people of Lesotho and their diaspora all over the world. The nation became a sovereign state away from the UK back in 1966 and has kept its independence ever since. It’s a date for national celebration and a great excuse to get together with friends and family.
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Every October 4th, Assisi celebrates the Feast of St. Francis. Saint Francis of Assisi was a well-known Catholic saint whose journey to God is celebrated every year in his home town in Italy. The people of the town honor him by lighting oil lamps for two days and holding religious services, and children are even encouraged to bring their pets to be blessed on this day! It is also World Animal Day, which seems like the perfect celebration of both.