This Day in History - April 6

April 6

46 BC – Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the Battle of Thapsus

1199 – English King Richard I is killed by arrow at the Siege of the Castle of Chalus in France

1483 – Italian painter Raphael aka Raffaello Sanzio, is born

1520 – Italian painter Raphael aka Raffaello Sanzio, dies

1528 – Painter, engraver, and mathematician, Albrecht Durer dies

1652 – The first European settlement in South Africa, Cape Colony, is established by Dutch East India Company

1776 – The Continental Congress opens all American ports to international trade with any part of the word that is not under British rule

1786 – American explorer Sacagawea is born

1789 – The First US Congress begins regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City

1814 – Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates at Fontainebleau, as he was awarded sovereignty at the island of Elba and a pension from the French government

1830 – Joseph Smith and five others organize the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca, New York

1832 – The Sauk warrior Black Hawk, begins the Black Hawk war with the US in an effort to resist Anglo settlers on traditional tribe lands

1841 – John Tyler is sworn in as president of the US, following the recent death of William Harrison

1853 – Entrepreneur who commissioned engineer Wilhelm Maybach to design the first Mercedes automobile, Emil Jellinek-Mercedes, is born

1862 – Confederate forces attack General Ulysses Grant at Shiloh, Tennessee

1865 – At the Battle of Sailer’s Creek, a third of Lee’s army is cut off by Union troops pursuing him to Appomattox

1866 – Journalist Lincoln Joseph Steffens is born

1899 – George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

1895 – Playwright Oscar Wilde is arrested in England for homosexuality, after losing his libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry

1896 – The Modern Olympics begins in Athens with eight nations participating

1903 – French Army Nationalists are revealed to have forged documents guaranteeing a conviction for Alfred Dreyfus

1905 – Physician W. Warrick Cardozo is born

1909 – Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first men to reach the North Pole

1917 – The US declares war on Germany, entering World War I on the Allied side

1924 – Four planes leave Seattle on the first successful flight around the world

1926 – Singer and actor Sergio Franchi is born

1926 – 2nd First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, is born

1927 – Jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan is born

1928 – Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, James Watson, is born

1928 – The US recognizes Nazi Germany’s conquest of Austria

1929 – Pianist and conductor Andre Previn is born

1937 – American country musician Merle Haggard is born

1941 – German forces invade Greece and Yugoslavia

1950 – A train falls off a bridge in Tangua, Brazil killing 110

1963 – 54th President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is born

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson authorizes the use of ground troops in combat operations

1965 – The first commercial communications satellite, Early Bird, is launched, broadcasting the splashdown of Gemini 6, landing in the Atlantic

1970 – Doctor Sam Sheppard, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, dies

1971 – Russian composer Igor Stravinsky dies

1990 – US and Soviet diplomats make progress in negotiations concerning the role of a newly reunified Germany in Europe

1992 – Author and chemist Isaac Asimov dies

1994 – The presidents of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana, and Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira, are killed in a plane crash brought on by rocket fire, beginning the Rwandan genocide where a mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis occurred, resulting in the deaths of up to a million victims

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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