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April 6: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 6

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April 6th observes World Table Tennis Day and Teflon Day.

We’ve made it to the 97th day of the year! There are 269 days left until the end of the year.

Today we have many fascinating events & facts all about April 6, including advances in the world of photography, polar exploration, animation, World War I and lots more.

Did you know that on this day in 1909, Americans reached the North Pole? The expedition was lead by Robert Peary and for his work he was awarded the “Thanks of Congress”.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 6th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on April 6 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2020

The first known animal contracted Covid-19.

OTD in 2020: The first known animal contracted Covid-19.

A four-year-old Malayan tiger called Nadia resides at the Bronx Zoo, New York, US. After the discovery, it was also found the virus had spread to six other tigers and lions.

2009

Texas movie fans were surprised with a special premiere viewing of that year’s Star Trek movie.

Ticket holders were expecting to see a 10-minute preview of the new reboot along with a showing of the classic Star Trek III: The Wrath of Khan but instead were treated with the full version of the film and personal appearances by actor Leonard Nimoy.

1992

The Bosnian War began after a series of violent conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1974

Europe surrendered to “Waterloo” as ABBA smashed the 19th Eurovision Contest in Brighton, England.

1973

NASA launched the Pioneer 11 space probe to study the asteroid belt & the environment around Jupiter and Saturn.

OTD in 1973: NASA launched the Pioneer 11 space probe to study the asteroid belt & the environment around Jupiter and Saturn.

The Pioneer 11 became the first probe to encounter Saturn and the second to fly through the asteroid belt.

1947

The first Tony Awards were handed out at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Officially called the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, the Tony Awards were named in honor of the producer and co-founder of the American Theater Wing. They are awarded by the American Theater Wing annually to those that show excellence in Broadway theater. The first awards given out included a scroll, a lighter, and various pieces of jewelry or accessories.

1917

The US declared war against Germany and its Central Powers Alliance in World War I.

Over the course of the war, the US sent over 2 million troops.

1909

Americans reached the North Pole.

OTD in 1909: Americans reached the North Pole.

On this day, Robert Peary and his team claimed to have reached the North Pole within 3 miles (5 km).

1906

The Humorous Phases of Funny Faces by James Stuart Blackton became the world’s first animation.

1896

The first modern international Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

This was the first time the Olympic games were held since they were banned 1,500 years ago by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. The event was hugely popular, with 241 athletes from 14 nations participating across 43 sporting events.

1830

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in LaFayette, New York, by Joseph Smith.

1580

England, Flanders, and Northern France experienced one of the most severe earthquakes in recorded history.

1320

The Declaration of Arbroath was signed in Scotland to reaffirm the country’s independence.

1199

The King of England, Richard I, died from gangrene in his shoulder after being hit by a crossbow arrow.

OTD in 1199: The King of England

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Michael Rooker? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1969

Paul Rudd

American

Actor

Paul Rudd

Age:

55 years old

Born In:

New Jersey, USA

1981

Eliza Coupe

American

Actress

Eliza Coupe

Age:

43 years old

Born In:

New Hampshire, USA

1955

Michael Rooker

American

Actor

Michael Rooker

Age:

69 years old

Born In:

Alabama, USA

1937

Billy Dee Williams

American

Actor

Billy Dee Williams

Age:

87 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

Quotes

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.

1767

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire

Voltaire

French Writer

Special Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

April 6: World Table Tennis Day
International

World Table Tennis Day

Invented during Victorian England, table tennis (or ping pong, if you please) is one of those sports that brings people together. It’s no coincidence that today is also the International Day of Sport For Development and Peace, so gather up your mates and have a friendly game today!

April 6: National Teflon Day
United States

National Teflon Day

Teflon was actually accidentally invented on this day in 1938 by Dr. Roy Plunkett while he was trying to create a refrigerant. Teflon Day celebrates this incredible discovery, and you can take part too by frying some eggs or something sticky on a non-stick Teflon pan!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

One horse can have approximately 15 horsepower. Horsepower is about 746 watts. The term was coined in the late 18th Century.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on April 6th all share the Aries zodiac sign.

People born on this day share the Aries zodiac sign. Aries are mighty courageous and will take on any chance to display their fierce bravery to the rest of the world!

For those of you born in April, you have the Diamond birthstone. Wearing diamonds is believed to help open the mind to new possibilities and inspire imagination.

If you were born on this day, your estimated date of conception would be July 14th in the previous year.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around December 28, 2024.

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