What Happened on April 6

Significant 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 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens, Greece. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [3/25 OS]

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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