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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, 1,454,716,800 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 ‘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

  • 1951
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 1959
    At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
  • 1976
    In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.
  • 1978
    The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4\" an hour.
  • 1981
    The National Resistance Army of Uganda launches an attack on a Ugandan Army installation in the central Mubende District to begin the Ugandan Bush War.

Who were born on February 6?

  • 1832
    John Brown Gordon, American politician (d. 1904)
  • 1898
    Alla Tarasova, Soviet actress (d. 1973)
  • 1931
    Mamie Van Doren, American actress
  • 1968
    Adolfo Valencia, Colombian footballer
  • 1992
    Víctor Mañon, Mexican footballer

Who died on February 6?

  • 1927
    Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • 1967
    Martine Carol, French film actress (b. 1920)
  • 1986
    Frederick Coutts, Salvation Army general (b. 1899)
  • 1988
    Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)

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