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

  • 1250
    Seventh Crusade: Ayyubids of Egypt capture King Louis IX of France in the Battle of Fariskur.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress).
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Easter Offensive – American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
  • 1994
    The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
  • 2005
    Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • 2009
    A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing 307.
  • 2010
    Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1871
    Prince Alexander John of Wales (d. 1871)
  • 1937
    Peter Maivia, Samoan professional wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1947
    Mike Worboys, British mathematician
  • 1965
    Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1965
    Sterling Sharpe, American football player
  • 1967
    Mika Koivuniemi, Finnish ten-pin bowler
  • 1975
    Zach Braff, American actor
  • 1983
    James Wade, English darts player
  • 1987
    Hilary Rhoda, American model
  • 1988
    Daniele Gasparetto, Italian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 885
    Saint Methodius (b. c. 815)
  • 1147
    Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)
  • 1490
    Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, King of Hungary and Croatia (b. 1443)
  • 1551
    Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (b. 1484)
  • 1686
    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman (b. 1614)
  • 1933
    Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (b. 1842)
  • 1953
    Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • 1970
    Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 1998
    Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • 2010
    Corin Redgrave, British actor and political activist (b. 1939)

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