On This Day in History for April 6
Events in History
- 46 BC Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
- 402 Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten
- 774 Charles the Great (Charlemagne) confirmed the gift to the Pope of the territories belonging to Ravenna made by his father Pepin the Short at Quiercy-sur-Loire in 753
- 1320 The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath
- 1327 Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura
- 1362 Tard-Venus robber bands strike at Brignais, France
- 1385 The Portuguese Council of the Kingdom meets in Coimbra and declares John, Master of the Order of Aviz, King John I of Portugal
- 1634 Heeren XIX (the directors of the Dutch West India Company) ask "to secure Eylands Curacao"
- More Events in History
Weddings in History
- 1896 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (63) weds Mary Scott (37) at St Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City
- 1920 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger (32) weds Annemarie Bertel
- 1943 US Marine Corps aviator and astronaut John Glenn (21) weds high school sweetheart Anna Margaret Castor
More Weddings in History
April in History
‘I Do’ Says PocahontasPocahontas, the native American princess regarded by many as the mother of modern America, was married on this day, aged about nineteen, to an English settler
April 5, 1614
Lionheart Richard, The Stranger KingRichard the Lionheart, Robin Hood’s king is considered one of the great English monarchs. Yet he cost his country a fortune and barely lived there.
April 6, 1199
Cape Colony FoundedJan van Riebeeck arrives in Table Bay
April 6, 1652
The Man Who Sold His WifeMost modern readers believe Thomas Hardy was plunging into deep fiction when he wrote about a man selling his wife in, The Mayor of Casterbridge. He wasn't.
April 7, 1832