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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 6…

April 5, 2012

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 IINazi 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.

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Leonard Bernstein

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 WarEaster 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)




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