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| 1994 Rwanda President of Rwanda Dies
6th April 1994 : The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi have been killed in a plane crash near the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Both countries have seen ethnic violence between Hutu's and the minority Tutsis has cost the lives of over 100,000 in the last 12 months and many believe the deaths of the presidents will only escalate the problems. ( Between April and June the Rwandan military and Hutu civilians massacred nearly 1 Million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in one of the worst cases of ethnic cleansing ever seen ). Find More What happened in 1994
1896 Greece Modern Olympics Games Reborn
6th April 1896 The Olympic Games, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1909 First men to Reach The North Pole
6th April 1909 Explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson claim to became the first men to reach the North Pole.
On April 6 1909
, they established "Camp Jesup" allegedly within five miles of the pole.
There is a large amount of controversy over this claim for a number of reasons including no independent verification and discrepancies in his journal, and even looking at those Societies who accepted or did not accept his claim makes it difficult to know for certain.
The National Geographic Society certified his claim
The Royal Geographical Society of London accepted Claim.
The American Geographical Society did not accept his claim
Societies of semi-Arctic Scandinavia did not accept his claim
What can be said is they did believe they attained their goal of reaching the North Pole and if they did or did not does not lesson the feat they accomplished. The main reason for the dispute is because of navigation techniques used and not used, and not having independent verification from other qualified navigators in his team .
1917 U.S.A. America enters World War I
6th April 1917 Following the sinking of American liner Housatonic by a German U-boat and four more U.S. merchant ships President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany and on April 6th the United States formally declared war on Germany
1930 India Mahatma Gandhi Salt Tax Protest
6th April 1930 : Mahatma Gandhi and his followers, in protest of the salt tax levied by the British Empire, ended their Salt March and Mahatma Gandhi manufactured salt from sea water breaking the British law establishing a monopoly on salt manufacture.
1931 U.S.A. Little Orphan Annie
6th April 1931 : Following the growth of popularity of Radio the first late afternoon radio serial for children ( Little Orphan Annie ) is transmitted and draws a huge following.
1934 U.S.A. White Wall Tires
6th April 1934 : The Ford Motor Company becomes one the first car makers to announce the option for white sidewall tires on its new cars at a cost of $11.25 per set
1941 Yugoslavia Germany invades Yugoslavia
6th April 1941 : Germany invades Yugoslavia resulting in the death of 17,000 civilians in a swift and brutal attack
1950 Brazil Rail Accident
6th April 1950 : A train traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Victoria, Espirito Santo drops off a bridge into a fast running river in Tangua, Brazil, killing 110.
1962 Cuba Arrested For Spying
6th April 1962 : 7 Men have been arrested by Cuban Authorities and investigated for possible spying activities , the men were all frogmen diving off the coast of Cuba, American Authorities have confirmed 7 men have been reported missing who were diving for treasure .
1968 U.S.A. Race Riots Continue Following Assassination of Martin Luther King
6th April 1968 : The Violence and Race Riots continue in cities throughout the US following the assassination of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King on 4 April. Curfews have put in place around the country and National Guard Soldiers have been mobilized to keep control.
The death toll from arson attacks is 19 and the looting and shooting continue. The cities worst affected include Chicago, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Detroit and at another 75 cities around the country.
1975 U.K. Vietnam Operation Babylift
6th April 1975 : Inspired by the American efforts to bring Vietnamese Children in need to the US codenamed 'Operation Babylift' , A Boeing 747 chartered by the British Daily Mail carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.
1987 U.S.A. Al Campanis
6th April 1987 : Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis said on ABC's "Nightline" that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball (Campanis resigned two days later).
1989 UK Dockers Jobs For Life
6th April 1989 : The British government under Mrs Thatcher has announced it is to abolish legislation which, in effect, guarantees jobs for life for more than 9,000 dockers. This is a continuation of lessening the power of trade unions in England and follows the governments battle with the miners and printers unions which the government won earlier.
1990 U.S.A. Reunified Germany
6th April 1990 : Following the reunification of Germany the US and the Soviet Union met to discuss the future concerning the role to be played by the newly reunified Germany in Europe.
1993 Russia Explosion
6th April 1993 : An explosion rocked a Russian nuclear weapons complex in the Siberian town of Tomsk-7.
1997 U.S.A. Space Shuttle Columbia
6th April 1997 : NASA aborts the latest space shuttle Columbia mission after problems with defective fuel cells are found. The mission was scheduled to last over 2 weeks but has been aborted after just 4 days and has returned to Earth today.
1998 U.S.A. Dow Jones Closes Above 9,000
6th April 1998 : The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.
1998 Pakistan Medium Range Missile Test
6th April 1998 : Pakistan successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking neighboring India.
Pakistan has the seventh largest armed forces in the world and is in constant conflict over the region of Kashmir with it's neighbor India.
Both countries have developed nuclear weapons and Medium Range Missiles would allow them to destroy the other country.
First Kashmir War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Second Kashmir War,Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Bangladesh Independence War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Kargil War (Kashmir ), Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
2001 U.S.A. Pacific Gas and Electric File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
6th April 2001 : Pacific Gas and Electric ( PG&E ) file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy when they are unable to sell electricity to consumers for more than they buy it on the open market.
The State of California under leadership of California Governor Gray Davis bailed out the utility.
2004 Jordan Muslim Militants
6th April 2004 : Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaida.
2005 Monaco Prince Rainier III Dies
6th April 2005 : Prince Rainier III of Monaco dies, leaving the throne to Prince Albert II the eldest son of Rainier III of Monaco and Grace, Princess of Monaco, ( American actress Grace Kelly ) .
2006 Switzerland Judas’s testimony
6th April 2006 : The National Geographic Society has revealed the gospel of Judas Iscariot, even
though the story's authentication,
conservation, and translation cannot confirmed. The papyrus codex, which is
believed to have been translated from the
original Greek to the Coptic script was found in a cave near El Minya, Egypt.
It has been moved from Egypt to Europe to the
United States in search of a verification. Kept in a safe deposit box on Long
Island, New York for many years, it was bought
in 2000 by a Zurich-based antiquities dealer. Now in the Maecenas Foundation
for Ancient Art in Switzerland, the document
will be donated to the government of Egypt, and be housed in the Coptic museum
2008 England Olympic Torch Relay Protests
6th April , 2008 : Olympic Torch Relay arrives in London, England sparking huge protests by pro-Tibetan independence and pro-Human Rights supporters causing the route to be changed.
2009 Italy Earthquake strikes near L'Aquila
6th April , 2009 : The 5.8 on the Richter scale L'Aquila earthquake ( central Italy ) leaves 307 dead and approximately 1,500 people injured. The Quake caused up to 10,000 buildings in L'Aquila damage. Many of the medieval churches and other buildings that are an important part of the history of the area were badly effected including the Basilica of Saint Bernardino of Siena. The earthquake left over 40,000 homeless which many believe was due to Poor building standards or construction materials.
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2009 Turkey Obama says that the United States is not at war with the Muslim world
6th April , 2009 : Having arrived in Turkey from Prague, President Barack Obama has said that the United States
"is not at war with Islam." This is his
first visit, as President, to a mainly Muslim country. In speaking to the Turkish
parliament, he called for a greater partnership
with the Muslim world, and said the U.S. would be launching outreach programs.
"America's relationship with the Muslim
world cannot, and will not, be based on opposition to al-Qaeda," he said.
He had told his audience that Washington
supported Turkey's efforts to join the E.U.
2010 China Chinese cyberspying is revealed
6th April , 2010 : A 'complex cyber-espionage' network has penetrated various organizations, including
those of the Office of the Dalai Lama.
The so-called Shadow Network had been targeting government, business, and academic
computers at the United Nations
and the Embassy of Pakistan in the United States as well. Researchers say that
it has been used to steal at least 1,500 emails
from the Office of the Dalai Lama. The attacks are thought to have originated
from the city of Chengdu in China. The
researchers, who are from the Information Warfare Monitor and the Shadowserver
Foundation, have said they had evidence
of 'links between the Shadow Network and two individuals living in Chengdu.' These
individuals have been identified by
e-mail addresses, and are thought to be part of China's 'underground hacking community.'.
2010 United States Anwar al-Aulaqi is the first U.S. citizen to be put on the C.I.A.'s to kill list
6th April , 2010 : The Muslim cleric that is tied to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner
has become the first U.S. citizen to be
added to the list of suspected terrorists that the C.I.A. is authorized to kill.
Anwar al-Aulaqi, who currently lives in Yemen,
was previously placed on the target list that is maintained by the U.S. military's
Joint Special Operations Command. He has
survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance,
and said that it is god's will that he survives.
2011 United States Swedish Queen Injured in New York
6th April, 2011 : Sweden's Queen Silvia was injured when she tried to evade a photographer while visiting New York. The sixty-seven year old queen twisted her foot and was fitted with a foot brace and cane after the incident occurred. While she was shopping with her daughter Princess Madeleine, a Swedish photographer confronted them, and in the midst of trying to get away she injured herself.
2012 United States US Naval Plane Crashes in Virginia
6th April, 2012 : A US Navy F-18 crashed in a residential area in the US state of Virginia shortly after taking off. The two crew members (a student and instructor) were ejected safely and luckily nobody was seriously injured and there were no known fatalities. The cause of the crash was unknown.