What Happened on April 6

Important Events

  • 46 BC Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
  • 1652 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck
  • 1917 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • 1994 Rwandan Genocide begins with the assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira with their plane being shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations. Those responsible have never been identified.
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April 6 in Film & TV

April 6 in Music

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

April 6 in Sport

  • 1896 I 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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