April 6th Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important 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 Jan van Riebeeck

1917 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I

1994 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.

Today’s Historical Events

46 BC Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.

402 Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten

774 Charlemagne confirms his father Pepin the Short’s grant of land in 754 to the Pope of territories belonging to Ravenna in central Italy

1320 The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath

1327 Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura

1362 Tard-Venus robber bands strike at Brignais, France

1385 The Portuguese Council of the Kingdom meets in Coimbra and declares John, Master of the Order of Aviz, King John I of Portugal

1634 Heeren XIX (the directors of the Dutch West India Company) ask “to secure Eylands Curacao”

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1889 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

1906 World’s 1st animated cartoon is released, “humorous phases of Funny Faces” by J. Stuart Blackton

1931 “A Connecticut Yankee” film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

1931 1st broadcast of “Little Orphan Annie” on NBC-radio

1959 31st Academy Awards: “Gigi”, Susan Hayward & David Niven win

1976 1st quadrophonic movie track: “Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones

1986 CBS’ fact based “Nobody’s Child”, story of Marie Balter

1987 Los Angeles Dodger’s GM Al Campanis appears on TV program ABC News: Nightline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1516 A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d’Este

1955 “3 for Tonight” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances

1968 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing “La, la, la” in London

1974 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing “Waterloo” in Brighton, England

1974 200,000 attend rock concert “California Jam” at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer

1975 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances

1975 Harry Chapin’s musical revue “The Night That Made America Famous” closes at Barrymore Theatre, NYC, after 75 performances

1977 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1877 British Open Men’s Golf, Musselburgh Links: Jamie Anderson wins his first of 3 consecutive Championships; beats fellow Scot Bob Pringle by 2 shots

1896 First modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in long jump, 2nd in high jump

1900 James J. Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1926 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 2-0 for a 3-1 series victory

1935 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more

1936 3rd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins his second Masters, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Harry Cooper, with defending champion Gene Sarazen 3rd

1941 8th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Wood wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Byron Nelson; Masters’ first wire-to-wire champion

1947 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan