On This Day

What Happened on April 6

Important Events

  • 1917 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • 1994 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.
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Apr 6 in Film & TV

  • 1889 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time
  • 1906 World's 1st animated cartoon is released, "humorous phases of Funny Faces" by J. Stuart Blackton

Apr 6 in Music

  • 1974 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton

Apr 6 in Sport

  • 1896 1st modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly Olympic becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins the triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in the long jump, 2nd in the high jump

Did You Know?

Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards

On April 6, 1722

Would You Believe?

First baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico

On April 6, 2016

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Famous Divorces

  • 2012 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage
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