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

  • 1453
    Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which falls on May 29.
  • 1814
    Nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restorationanniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba. (Rule by the Bourbons is delayed a few weeks, though allies held most key locales of France.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.
  • 2005
    Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.

Who were born on April 6?

  • 1664
    Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1861
    Stanislas de Guaita, French occultist (d. 1897)
  • 1917
    Leonora Carrington, British-born surrealist painter
  • 1931
    Baba Ram Dass, American Hindu spiritual teacher
  • 1937
    Billy Dee Williams, American actor
  • 1939
    André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1947
    Mike Worboys, British mathematician
  • 1965
    Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1970
    Olaf Kölzig, South African/German ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer

Who died on April 6?

  • 1147
    Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)
  • 1829
    Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician (b. 1802)
  • 1883
    Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (b. 1801)
  • 1899
    Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American physician and botanist (b. 1809)
  • 1947
    Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (b. 1896)
  • 1974
    Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b. 1895)
  • 1995
    Ioannis Alevras, Greek politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Stefanos Stratigos, Greek actor (b. 1926)

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