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 96th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 269 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 24, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,491,436,800 seconds 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 ‘enneacontahexagon’ 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 319 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 1,567 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.
  • 1453
    Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which falls on May 29.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.
  • 1812
    British forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington assault the fortress of Badajoz. This would be the turning point in the Peninsular War against Napoleon-led France.
  • 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.)
  • 1923
    The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia.
  • 1930
    Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire.” beginning the Salt Satyagraha.
  • 1945
    World War II: the Battle of Slater’s Knoll on Bougainville comes to an end.
  • 1982
    Estonian Communist Party bureau declares “fight against bourgeois TV” — meaning Finnish TV — a top priority of the propagandists of Estonian SSR
  • 1994
    The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1818
    Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1871
    Prince Alexander John of Wales (d. 1871)
  • 1884
    Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (d. 1950)
  • 1926
    Ian Paisley, Northern Irish politician
  • 1929
    Willis Hall, English playwright and radio and television writer (d. 2005)
  • 1965
    Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1967
    Jonathan Firth, British actor
  • 1969
    Bret Boone, American baseball player
  • 1969
    Jack Canfora, American playwright
  • 1981
    Robert Earnshaw, Zambian/Welsh footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1147
    Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)
  • 1686
    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman (b. 1614)
  • 1906
    Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (b. 1849)
  • 1935
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (b. 1869)
  • 1953
    Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • 1959
    Leo Aryeh Mayer, Israeli professor and scholar of Islamic art (b. 1895)
  • 1974
    Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b. 1895)
  • 2003
    Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)

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