April 6. 2012. Friday. What happened today in history? Let’s find out…
1776 – American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.
1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.
1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins – in Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.
1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Sayler’s Creek – Confederate General Robert E. Lee‘s Army of Northern Virginia fights its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia.
1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, is founded. It lasts until 1956.
1869 – Celluloid is patented.
1888 – Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.
1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.
1917 – World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson’s address to Congress).
1929 – Huey P. Long Governor of Louisiana is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.
1941 – World War II: Nazi Germany launches Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece).
1945 – World War II: Sarajevo is liberated from German and Croatian forces by the Yugoslav Partisans.
1945 – World War II: the Battle of Slater’s Knoll on Bougainville comes to an end.
1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.
1962 – Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms‘ First Piano Concerto.
1968 – In Richmond, Indiana‘s downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.
1970 – Newhall Incident: Four California Highway Patrol officers are killed in a shootout.
1972 – Vietnam War: Easter Offensive – American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
1973 – Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
1973 – The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
1998 – Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.
1937 – Merle Haggard, American musician
1937 – Billy Dee Williams, American actor
1952 – Marilu Henner, American actress
1955 – Michael Rooker, American actor
1965 – Frank Black, American singer/songwriter (Pixies and Frank Black and the Catholics)
1965 – Sterling Sharpe, American football player
1971 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (b. 1882)
2003 – David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)