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, 405,528 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 ‘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

  • 1385
    John, Master of the Order of Aviz, is made king John I of Portugal.
  • 1667
    An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.
  • 1782
    Rama I of Siam (modern day Thailand) founds the Chakri dynasty.
  • 1808
    John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.
  • 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.
  • 1909
    Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.
  • 1936
    Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak: Another tornado from the same storm system as the Tupelo tornado hits Gainesville, Georgia, killing 203.
  • 1973
    The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
  • 1982
    Estonian Communist Party bureau declares “fight against bourgeois TV” — meaning Finnish TV — a top priority of the propagandists of Estonian SSR

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1651
    André Dacier, French classical scholar (d. 1722)
  • 1810
    Philip Henry Gosse, English naturalist (d. 1888)
  • 1892
    Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American aviation industrialist (d. 1981)
  • 1961
    Rory Bremner, Scottish comedian and impressionist
  • 1970
    Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • 1975
    Hal Gill, American ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Jerome Kaino, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1984
    Max Bemis, American musician and songwriter
  • 1985
    Clarke MacArthur, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988
    Jucilei da Silva, Brazilian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1755
    Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)
  • 1833
    Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (b. 1748)
  • 1883
    Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (b. 1801)
  • 1961
    Jules Bordet, Belgian immunologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1870)
  • 1998
    Norbert Schmitz, German footballer (b. 1958)
  • 2000
    Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian politician (b. 1903)
  • 2004
    Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Stefanos Stratigos, Greek actor (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Corin Redgrave, British actor and political activist (b. 1939)

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