What are the important events that happened on April 6? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 6: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 6 is the 97th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 269 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 24, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,331,680 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontaheptagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 297 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,202 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 6 Historical Events

  • 46 BC
    Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
  • 1793
    During the French Revolution, the Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic.
  • 1814
    Nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restorationanniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba. (Rule by the Bourbons is delayed a few weeks, though allies held most key locales of France.)
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins – in Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.
  • 1896
    In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • 1923
    The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia.
  • 1945
    World War II: the Battle of Slater’s Knoll on Bougainville comes to an end.
  • 1965
    Launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.
  • 1965
    The British Government announces the cancellation of the TSR-2 aircraft project.
  • 2008
    2008 Egyptian general strike starts led by Egyptian workers.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1815
    Robert Volkmann, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1903
    Mickey Cochrane, American baseball player (d. 1962)
  • 1926
    Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1952
    Udo Dirkschneider, German singer
  • 1965
    Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1969
    Spencer Wells, American geneticist
  • 1978
    Martin Mendez, Uruguayan bassist (Opeth)
  • 1978
    Myleene Klass, British singer
  • 1978
    Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • 1988
    Jucilei da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1520
    Raphael, Italian painter and architect (b. 1483)
  • 1707
    Willem van de Velde, the younger, Dutch painter (b. 1633)
  • 1755
    Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)
  • 1906
    Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (b. 1849)
  • 1935
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (b. 1869)
  • 1947
    Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (b. 1896)
  • 1974
    Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b. 1895)
  • 1994
    Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan politician (b. 1937)
  • 1999
    Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Gerald Emmett Carter, Canadian cardinal (b. 1912)

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