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April 6 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 6. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 68 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 46 BC
    Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
  • 402
    Stilicho stymies the Visigoths under Alaric in the Battle of Pollentia.
  • 1199
    King Richard I of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder.
  • 1250
    Seventh Crusade: Ayyubids of Egypt capture King Louis IX of France in the Battle of Fariskur.
  • 1320
    The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
  • 1327
    The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon.
  • 1385
    John, Master of the Order of Aviz, is made king John I of Portugal.
  • 1453
    Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which falls on May 29.
  • 1580
    One of the largest earthquakes recorded in the history of England, Flanders, or Northern France, takes place.
  • 1652
    At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town.
  • 1667
    An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state.
  • 1712
    The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 begins near Broadway.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.
  • 1782
    King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) of Siam (modern day Thailand) founds the Chakri dynasty.
  • 1793
    During the French Revolution, the Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic.
  • 1808
    John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.
  • 1812
    British forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington assault the fortress of Badajoz. This would be the turning point in the Peninsular War against Napoleon-led France.
  • 1814
    Nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restoration; anniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.
  • 1830
    Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.
  • 1841
    U.S. President John Tyler is sworn in, two days after having become President upon William Henry Harrison’s death.
  • 1860
    The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, later renamed Community of Christ, is organized by Joseph Smith III and others at Amboy, Illinois.
  • 1861
    First performance of Arthur Sullivan’s debut success, his suite of incidental music for The Tempest, leading to a career that included the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins: In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Battle of Sailor’s Creek: Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia fights and loses its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia during the Appomattox Campaign.
  • 1866
    The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, is founded. It lasts until 1956.
  • 1869
    Celluloid is patented.
  • 1888
    Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.
  • 1893
    Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.
  • 1895
    Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
  • 1896
    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.

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