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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 269 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 24, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,617,667,200 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 301 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 3,028 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 6 Historical Events
The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.
American Civil War: The Battle of Sayler’s Creek – Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia fights its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia.
Celluloid is patented.
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.
World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress).
Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines).
Vietnam War: Easter Offensive – American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
Who were born on April 6?
André Dacier, French classical scholar (d. 1722)
Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian (d. 2009)
William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
Vincent Ellis McKelvey, American geologist (d. 1987)
Joi Lansing, American model and actress (d. 1972)
Billy Dee Williams, American actor
Neal Boortz, American radio personality
Iris Häussler, German installation artist
Jonathan Firth, British actor
Herculez Gomez, American soccer player
Who died on April 6?
Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)
Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician (b. 1802)
Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (b. 1748)
Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
Greer Garson, Irish actress (b. 1904)
Tammy Wynette, American singer (b. 1942)
Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1908)
Shawn Mackay, Australian rugby player (b. 1982)
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