On This Day

On This Day in History for April 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo
  • 1981 Belgian government of Mark Eyskens forms
  • 1982 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • 1984 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)-Challenger 5 is launched
  • 1984 1st time 11 people in space
  • 1984 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • 1985 Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final
  • 1985 Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1988 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • 1991 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • 1991 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • 1992 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • 1992 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0
  • 1992 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • 1992 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography

  • 1992 Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps
  • 1992 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.
  • 1993 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
  • 1994 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out
  • 1994 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • 1994 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • 1994 Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

Murder of InterestRwandan Genocide

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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Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
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  • 1997 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • 1998 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • 2004 Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • 2006 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • 2009 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
  • 2012 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • 2013 22 people are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing at an election campaign tent in Baquba, Iraq
  • 2013 11 people are killed in an attack on a village in Midlu, Nigeria
  • 2013 Bayern Munich win their 23rd German Bundesliga title with 6 games to spare
  • 2014 Viktor Orbán's Fidesz is re-elected Prime Minister of Hungary

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2016 France passes legislation making it illegal to pay for sex

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Protests in Lima, Peru by 30,000 against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on 24th anniversary of her father Alberto Fujimori's coup

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • 2016 First baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Canadian Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team involved in a bus crash outside Tisdale, Saskatchewan that kills 16
  • 2019 First ever "Marsquake" seismic event on planet Mars detected by NASA's InSight lander

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces state of emergency in seven prefectures and a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package as COVID-19 cases climb

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe

PandemicCOVID-19

2020 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo (New York City), tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020 US COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000 in six weeks, with more than 356,000 American infected, New York death toll reaches 4,758
  • 2020 149th British Open Men's Golf Championship is cancelled for the first time since WWII due to the COVID-19 pandemic; Royal St George's GC to host event in 2021
  • 2020 Cyclone Harold makes landfall in Vanuatu, leaving thousands of houses destroyed and 2 dead

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