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What are the important events that happened on February 6? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 6: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 6 is the 37th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 329 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 24, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,245,280 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 ‘triacontaheptagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 2 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 1,142 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 6 Historical Events

  • 1685
    James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II.
  • 1914
    30 000 Swedish peasants from all over the country, who have travelled to Stockholm, carry out a huge protest march, which will be known as Bondetåget, to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, to show their support for King Gustaf V and his attempts to exercise personal power as a monarch. In the court yard, the king holds the so-called Court yard speech (Swedish Borggårdstalet, which crown prince Gustaf Adolf recites outside the castle to those, who do not get room at the court yard), where the king puts forth his opinion about the Swedish armed defence propagating that it should be strong, contrary to the official policy of Swedish prime minister Karl Staaff and his government of disarmament. This triggers a political crisis (the so-called Courtyard Crisis; Swedish Borggårdskrisen) and despite the fact that 50 000 workers two days later carry out a counter demonstration (the so-called Workers’ march), supporting the government, Karl Staaff is forced to resign on February 17. This is the last time the Swedish monarch tries to exercise any political power and from now on, the Swedish monarchs accept parliamentarism and abstain from claiming any political powers, even if they are not formally abolished until 1975, when the new Swedish instrument of government comes into effect.
  • 1942
    World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.
  • 1970
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dog in Chinese astrology.
  • 1998
    Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Who were born on February 6?

  • 1875
    Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (d. 1915)
  • 1894
    Kirpal Singh, Indian religious figure (d. 1974)
  • 1931
    Rip Torn, American actor
  • 1969
    Masaharu Fukuyama, Japanese singer
  • 1985
    Kris Humphries, American basketball player

Who died on February 6?

  • 1899
    Leo von Caprivi, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 1938
    Marianne von Werefkin, Russian-Swiss painter (b. 1860)
  • 1985
    James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1993
    Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (b. 1943)
  • 1997
    Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (b. 1913)

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