This Day in History – April 6

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April 6

“Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.”Past has played an important role in defining our current identity and, as a result, influencing our future. Are you aware of the global events that occurred on April 6? So, on this day in history, April 6, we offer you an interesting read. Read this blog till the end to make yourself familiar with some interesting facts that had happened in the history around the world and in India on April 6. 

What Events Happened in India on April 6

  • 1919: General Strike
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi declared a General Strike on April 6, 1919.
  • 1930: Mahatma Gandhi broke the salt law
    On April 6th, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi broke the Salt Law by picking up the grains of salt at the end of his march to Dandi.
  • 2010: 76 CRPF jawans were killed in the Dantewada district of Chattisgarh
    76 CRPF jawans were killed in one of the deadliest Maoist attacks in Chattisgarh’s Dantewada district while the troops were conducting Area Domination Exercises (ADE) in the Bastar region.

Historical Events That Happened Around the World on April 6

  • 46 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato
    In the Battle of Thapsus on April 6, 46 BC, Julius Caesar defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger).
  • 1652: Cape Colony
    The Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck founded Cape Colony as the first European settlement in South Africa.
  • 1722: End of tax on men with beards
    Tsar Peter the Great of Russia abolishes the beard levy on April 6, 1722.
William Wordsworth April 6
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1843: William Wordsworth appointed British Poet Laureate
Queen Victoria named William Wordsworth as the British Poet Laureate on April 6, 1843.

1889: Kodak flexible rolled film
George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time.

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  • 1906: World’s first animated cartoon was released
    The world’s first animated cartoon, “humorous stages of Funny Faces” by J. Stuart Blackton, was released on April 6, 1906.
  • 1909: North Pole
    Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, two Americans, reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909.
  • 1941: 8th US Masters Tournament
    The 8th US Masters Tournament was held and Craig Wood claimed his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Byron Nelson, the tournament’s first wire-to-wire winner.
  • 1947: Tony Awards
    Arthur Miller, David Wayne, and Patricia Neal received the first Tony Awards for theatrical achievements on April 6, 1947.
  • 1971: Debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland
    Harold Wilson of the Labour Party argues that a draught Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists during a debate on Northern Ireland at Westminster on April 6, 1971.
  • 1991: Diego Maradona suspended
    On April 6, 1991, the Italian League suspended Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona for 15 months after he tested positive for cocaine use.
  • 1994: Plane carrying Rwandan President and Burundian President shot down by surface-to-air missiles
    The plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles on April 6, 1994, putting an end to peace talks and igniting the Rwandan Genocide.
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  • 2009: Star Trek Premiers
    J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” remake, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, premieres in Austin, Texas on April 6, 2009.
  • 2016: Protests in Lima
    On the 24th anniversary of father Alberto Fujimori’s coup, 30,000 people protested in Lima, Peru against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori.
  • 2017: Xi Jinping arrives in Florida
    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump.
  • 2020: Japanese Prime Minister announced the state of emergency
    As COVID-19 cases increase, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures and unveiled a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package on April 6, 2020.
  • 2020: Nadia the tiger tested positive for COVID-19
    Nadia, a tiger at the Bronz Zoo, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6, 2020, marking the first known case of human-to-cat transmission.

List of Important Birthdays

  • 1892: Donald Wills Douglas
    Donald Wills Douglas was an American aircraft industrialist who founded the McDonnell Douglas, an aircraft manufacturing company and was an aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3) who was born on April 6, 1892, in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1969: Paul Rudd
    Paul Rudd, an American actor best known for his roles as Ant-Man in Marvel Studios films and Mike Hannigan in the iconic American sitcom FRIENDS, was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on April 6, 1969.
  • 1931: Suchitra Sen 
    Suchitra Sen was a famous Indian actress who made her mark in Hindi and Bengali cinema, was born on April 6, 1931. She was the first Bengali actress to win a foreign award at a film festival. In Bimal Roy’s classic Devdas, she portrayed Paro. Suchitra was married to Dibanath Sen and had two daughters, Moon Moon Sen and Riya and Raima Sen, who are both film actresses and celebrities.
  • 1956: Dilip Vengsarkar
    Dilip Vengsarkar, an Indian cricketer and cricket administrator, was born on April 6, 1956. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he was an important member of the Indian cricket team. He was born in Maharashtra and played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. ‘Colonel’ was his nickname.

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