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.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    During the Battle of Deçiq, Dedë Gjon Luli Dedvukaj, leader of the Malësori Albanians, raises the Albanian flag in the town of Tuzi, Montenegro, for the first time after George Kastrioti (Skenderbeg).
  • 1926
    Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines).
  • 1941
    World War II: Nazi Germany launches Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece).
  • 1947
    The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.
  • 1968
    In Richmond, Indiana’s downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.
  • 1974
    ABBA win the 19th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with Waterloo.
  • 1998
    Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
  • 2010
    Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1741
    Nicolas Chamfort, French writer (d. 1794)
  • 1849
    John William Waterhouse, British painter (d. 1917)
  • 1892
    Lowell Thomas, American travel writer (d. 1981)
  • 1895
    Dudley Nichols, American screenwriter (d. 1960)
  • 1909
    William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1941
    Hans W. Geissendörfer, German filmmaker
  • 1944
    Felicity Palmer, English soprano
  • 1960
    Batem, French comic book artist
  • 1969
    Paul Rudd, American actor
  • 1995
    Ryutaro Morimoto, Japanese actor and singer

Who died on April 6?

  • 885
    Saint Methodius (b. c. 815)
  • 1551
    Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (b. 1484)
  • 1959
    Leo Aryeh Mayer, Israeli professor and scholar of Islamic art (b. 1895)
  • 1970
    Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • 1992
    Isaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Cyprien Ntaryamira, Burundian politician (b. 1956)
  • 1998
    Norbert Schmitz, German footballer (b. 1958)
  • 1999
    Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Stefanos Stratigos, Greek actor (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (b. 1916)

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