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Today In History - April 6

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Today in History in 1722 Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards; in 1889 George Eastman puts Kodak Camera on sale for the first time; and in 1947 the first Tony Awards were held with Arthur Miller, David Wayne and Patricia Neal winning for theatrical achievements.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
  • 1652 - Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck
  • 1663 - King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
  • 1722 - Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards
  • 1789 - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC
  • 1830 - Joseph Smith & 5 others organizes Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY
  • 1860 - Joseph Smith III, creates the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by reorganizing the previous church organized by his father, Joseph Smith, Jr.
  • 1862 - Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
  • 1889 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
  • 1896 - 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history
  • 1938 - Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
  • 1947 - 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements
  • 1973 - Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • 1994 - The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
  • 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

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1890 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)
  • 1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, US, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)
  • 1928 - James Watson, American chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA)
  • 1931 - Ivan Dixon, actor (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 - Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 - Merle Haggard, Bakersfield California, country singer (Death Valley Days)
  • 1938 - Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 - Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 - Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 - Paul Rudd, Passaic, New Jersey, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
  • 1975 - Zach Braff, South Orange, New Jersey, American actor (Dr. John Dorian-Scrubs)
  • 1976 - Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)

Famous Weddings

  • 1868 - Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife
  • 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
  • 1953 - MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise
  • 1963 - Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1199 - Richard I, the Lion-hearted, King of England (1189-99), dies at 41
  • 1520 - Raphael [Sanzio], artist (Sistine Madonna), dies on his 37th birthday
  • 1971 - Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 1975 - Chiang Kai-shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, dies at 87
  • 1992 - Isaac Asimov, Sci-Fi author (I Robot), dies from kidney failure at 72
  • 1998 - Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55
  • 2005 - Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81
  • 2012 - Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54
  • 2014 - Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93

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