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

  • 1580
    One of the largest earthquakes recorded in the history of England, Flanders, or Northern France, takes place.
  • 1808
    John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.
  • 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.
  • 1860
    The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—later renamed Community of Christ—is organized by Joseph Smith III and others at Amboy, Illinois
  • 1861
    First performance of Arthur Sullivan’s debut success, his suite of incidental music for The Tempest, leading to a career that included the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1931
    Ivan Dixon, American actor and director (d. 2008)
  • 1936
    Helen Berman, Dutch-Israeli visual artist
  • 1955
    Blind Mississippi Morris, American delta blues musician
  • 1955
    Cathy Jones, Canadian comedian
  • 1955
    Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian serial killer
  • 1957
    Jaroslava Maxova, Czech opera singer
  • 1972
    Jo Van Daele, Belgian discus thrower
  • 1973
    Gina Yashere, English comedian
  • 1981
    Kari Jobe, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986
    Ryota Moriwaki, Japanese footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1362
    James I, Count of La Marche, French soldier (b. 1319)
  • 1571
    John Hamilton, Scottish prelate and politician
  • 1605
    John Stow, English historian
  • 1686
    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman (b. 1614)
  • 1707
    Willem van de Velde, the younger, Dutch painter (b. 1633)
  • 1862
    Albert Sidney Johnston, American Confederate general (b. 1803)
  • 1899
    Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American physician and botanist (b. 1809)
  • 1998
    Norbert Schmitz, German footballer (b. 1958)
  • 1998
    Tammy Wynette, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)

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