April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). There are 269 days remaining.
648 BC - Earliest solar eclipse recorded by the Ancient Greeks.
402 - Stilicho stymies the Visigoths under Alaric in the Battle of Pollentia
1320 - The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
1327 - The poet Petrarch first saw his idealized love Laura in the church of St. Claire in Avignon.
1652 - Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp at the Cape of Good Hope, which will eventually develop into Cape Town.
1782 - Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Thailand, who was overthrown in a coup d'état.
1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.
1830 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed by Joseph Smith, Jr. at Fayette Township, New York .
1832 - Indian Wars: Black Hawk War begins - The Sauk warrior Black Hawk enters into war with the United States.
1841 - John Tyler is inaugurated as the 10th President of the United States.
1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Shiloh begins - In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston at Shiloh.
1865 - American Civil War: 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.
1869 - Celluloid is patented.
1886 - Vancouver, British Columbia is incorporated as a city.
1895 - Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.
1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games after 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1893 - Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.
1903 - The Kishinev pogrom in Kishinev (Bessarabia) began, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the west.
1909 - Robert Peary allegedly reaches the North Pole.
1917 - World War I: United States declares war on Germany (see Wilson's address to Congress (Wikisource)).
1926 - Walter Varney Airlines makes first commercial flight from Pasco, WA to Elko, NV. Varney is the root company of United Airlines.
1930 - Gandhi raised a lump of mud and salt (some say just a pinch, some say just a grain) and declared, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." Thus he started Salt Satyagraha.
1930 - Hostess Twinkies are invented.
1930 - Will Rogers starts broadcasting The Will Rogers Program on radio.
1931 - debuts on the Blue Network of Little Orphan Annie NBC.
1936 - Tupelo-Gainesville Outbreak: Another tornado from the same storm system as the Tupelo tornado hits Gainesville, Georgia killing 203.
1941 - World War II: Operation Castigo begins - Germany invades Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Greece.
1968 - In London, United Kingdom, Massiel wins the thirteenth Eurovision Song Contest for Spain singing "La, la, la".
1972 - Vietnam War: Easter Offensive - The first day of clear weather in three days allows American forces to start sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
1973 - Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
1974 - The California Jam Rock concert begins.
1974 - In Brighton, United Kingdom, ABBA wins the nineteenth Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden singing "Waterloo".
1985 - King and Queen Whalnutshia, Derwent Daw and Shannon Winser , forming the first monarchy of the island since 1679.
1987 - Sugar Ray Leonard takes the middleweight boxing title from Marvin Hagler.
1993 - Russian nuclear accident at Tomsk 7.
1994 - The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by extremists.
1998 - Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
1 - Jesus, according to Mormons and some historians.
1483 - Rafael, Italian painter and architect (d. 1520)
1815 - Robert Volkmann, composer (d. 1883)
1823 - Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (d. 1899)
1866 - Butch Cassidy, outlaw (d. 1909)
1878 - Erich Mühsam, German author (d. 1934)
1884 - Walter Huston, Academy Award winning actor (d. 1950)
1890 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch designer of aircraft (d. 1939)
1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American industrialist (d. 1981)
1892 - Lowell Thomas, travel writer (d. 1981)
1903 - Mickey Cochrane, Baseball Hall of Famer (d. 1962)
1926 - Gil Kane, cartoonist (d. 2000)
1926 - Ian Paisley, United Kingdom politician
1926 - Sergio Franchi , singer, actor (d. 1990)
1927 - Gerry Mulligan, musician (d. 1996)
1928 - James D. Watson, geneticist
1929 - André Previn, composer, conductor
1931 - Ivan Dixon , American actor, director
1933 - Roy Goode, legal academic
1937 - Merle Haggard, country musician
1937 - Billy Dee Williams, actor
1938 - Paul Daniels, magician
1938 - Roy Thinnes, American actor
1941 - Phil Austin, comedian
1941 - Hans W. Geissendörfer , German film director
1941 - Zamfir, Romanian musician
1942 - Barry Levinson, producer, director
1944 - Felicity Palmer, English soprano
1947 - John Ratzenberger, actor ( )
Cheers 1951 - Bert Blyleven, baseball pitcher
1952 - Marilu Henner, actress
1954 - Thom Bray, actor and filmographer
1955 - Michael Rooker, actor
1965 - Frank Black, a.k.a Charles Thompson, singer, songwriter ( )
Pixies 1969 - Bret Boone, Major League Baseball All-Star
1969 - Ari Meyers, actress
1969 - Bison Dele, American basketball player (disappeared 2002)
1970 - Olaf Kölzig, NHL goalie
1975 - Zach Braff, American actor
1976 - Candace Cameron, actress
1199 - King Richard I of England (b. 1157)
1520 - Rafael, Italian painter and architect (b. 1483)
1528 - Albrecht Dürer, artist (b. 1471)
1883 - Benjamin Raymond, mayor of Chicago (b. 1801)
1906 - Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author
1935 - Edwin Arlington Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning poet (b. 1869)
1961 - Jules Bordet, Belgian immunologist and microbiologist
1963 - Otto Struve, astronomer, (b. 1897)
1970 - Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer
1971 - Igor Stravinsky, composer (b. 1882)
1992 - Isaac Asimov, author, (b. 1920)
1994 - Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda (b. 1937)
1994 - Cyprien Ntaryamira, President of Burundi (b. 1956)
1996 - Greer Garson, actress (b. 1904)
1998 - Tammy Wynette, country musician (b. 1942)
1998 - Wendy O. Williams, American musician ( Plasmatics)
2000 - Habib Bourguiba, president of Tunisia (b. 1903)
2003 - David Bloom, NBC reporter in Iraq War (pulmonary embolism) (b. 1963)
2003 - Babatunde Olatunji, jazz musician (b. 1927)
2004 - Marjorie Pay Hinckley, wife of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Gordon B. Hinckley (b. 1911)
2005 - Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (b. 1923)
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