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

  • 1667
    An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state.
  • 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.
  • 1830
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.
  • 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.
  • 1930
    Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire.” beginning the Salt Satyagraha.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Easter Offensive – American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
  • 1984
    Members of Cameroon’s Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • 1994
    The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
  • 2010
    Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1671
    Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet (d. 1741)
  • 1812
    Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • 1815
    Robert Volkmann, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1884
    Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (d. 1950)
  • 1934
    Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (d. 2010)
  • 1973
    Gina Yashere, English comedian
  • 1973
    Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • 1976
    Candace Cameron Bure, American actress
  • 1983
    Dash Shaw, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1985
    Frank Ongfiang, Italian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1199
    Pierre Basile, French soldier
  • 1686
    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman (b. 1614)
  • 1829
    Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician (b. 1802)
  • 1933
    Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (b. 1842)
  • 1959
    Leo Aryeh Mayer, Israeli professor and scholar of Islamic art (b. 1895)
  • 1994
    Cyprien Ntaryamira, Burundian politician (b. 1956)
  • 1998
    Norbert Schmitz, German footballer (b. 1958)
  • 2003
    David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • 2004
    Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)

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