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

  • 1869
    Celluloid is patented.
  • 1893
    Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.
  • 1895
    Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
  • 1896
    In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • 1919
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi orders a general strike.
  • 1957
    Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The British Government announces the cancellation of the TSR-2 aircraft project.
  • 1994
    The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
  • 2008
    2008 Egyptian general strike starts led by Egyptian workers.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1741
    Nicolas Chamfort, French writer (d. 1794)
  • 1871
    Prince Alexander John of Wales (d. 1871)
  • 1920
    Edmond H. Fischer, Swiss-American biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1938
    Paul Daniels, English magician
  • 1951
    Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player
  • 1953
    Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • 1969
    Philipp Peter, Austrian racing driver
  • 1969
    Spencer Wells, American geneticist
  • 1976
    Hirotada Ototake, Japanese sports writer
  • 1988
    Jucilei da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1147
    Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)
  • 1605
    John Stow, English historian
  • 1825
    Vladimir Borovikovsky, Russian painter (b. 1757)
  • 1833
    Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (b. 1748)
  • 1883
    Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (b. 1801)
  • 1953
    Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • 1970
    Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2006
    Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • 2010
    Wilma Mankiller, Native-American activist, chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1945)

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