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, 414,288 hours 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

  • 1320
    The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
  • 1793
    During the French Revolution, the Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic.
  • 1830
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Battle of Sayler’s Creek – Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia fights its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1888
    Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.
  • 1903
    The Kishinev pogrom in Kishinev (Bessarabia) begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world.
  • 1917
    World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress).
  • 1929
    Huey P. Long Governor of Louisiana is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.
  • 1945
    World War II: the Battle of Slater’s Knoll on Bougainville comes to an end.
  • 1962
    Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1810
    Philip Henry Gosse, English naturalist (d. 1888)
  • 1869
    Levon Shant, Armenian playwright, novelist and poet (d. 1951)
  • 1938
    Roy Thinnes, American actor
  • 1940
    Homero Aridjis, Mexican writer and diplomat
  • 1947
    John Ratzenberger, American actor
  • 1957
    Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • 1964
    Phil Gayle, English news presenter
  • 1972
    Ami James, Israeli/American tattoo artist
  • 1975
    Hal Gill, American ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Blaine Neal, American baseball player

Who died on April 6?

  • 1199
    Pierre Basile, French soldier
  • 1362
    James I, Count of La Marche, French soldier (b. 1319)
  • 1551
    Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (b. 1484)
  • 1605
    John Stow, English historian
  • 1899
    Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American physician and botanist (b. 1809)
  • 1970
    Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 1974
    Willem Marinus Dudok, Dutch architect (b. 1884)
  • 1994
    Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan politician (b. 1937)
  • 1998
    Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • 2003
    David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)

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