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.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1866
    The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, is founded. It lasts until 1956.
  • 1895
    Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
  • 1923
    The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1741
    Nicolas Chamfort, French writer (d. 1794)
  • 1849
    John William Waterhouse, British painter (d. 1917)
  • 1950
    Cleo Odzer, American writer
  • 1964
    Phil Gayle, English news presenter
  • 1970
    Olaf Kölzig, South African/German ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Joe Machine, English artist, poet and writer
  • 1982
    Bret Harrison, American actor
  • 1982
    Michael Guy Chislett, Australian guitarist (The Academy Is..)
  • 1983
    Dash Shaw, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1983
    Jerome Kaino, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on April 6?

  • 1362
    James I, Count of La Marche, French soldier (b. 1319)
  • 1551
    Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (b. 1484)
  • 1571
    John Hamilton, Scottish prelate and politician
  • 1833
    Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (b. 1748)
  • 1906
    Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (b. 1849)
  • 1959
    Leo Aryeh Mayer, Israeli professor and scholar of Islamic art (b. 1895)
  • 1974
    Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b. 1895)
  • 2001
    Charles Pettigrew, American singer (b. 1963)
  • 2009
    Shawn Mackay, Australian rugby player (b. 1982)
  • 2010
    Wilma Mankiller, Native-American activist, chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1945)

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