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

402Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten

774Charles the Great (Charlemagne) confirmed the gift to the Pope of the territories belonging to Ravenna made by his father Pepin the Short at Quiercy-sur-Loire in 753

1663King Charles II signs Carolina Charter

1722Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards

1757British King George II fires minister William Pitt Sr

1830Joseph Smith & 5 others organizes Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY

1889George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time

1900james j jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1919Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi orders a General Strike.

19471st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements

195216th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286

195822nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

1967Premier Georges Pompidou forms new French government

1973Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

19809th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

1980Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

198615th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

198722nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis & Hank Williams Jr

1991Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 month by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

On This Day In History
Date Event
Apr 6, 46 BC
Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus. 
Apr 6, 402
Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten 
Apr 6, 610
Lailat-ul Qadar, night koran descended to Earth 
Apr 6, 774
Charles the Great (Charlemagne) confirmed the gift to the Pope of the territories belonging to Ravenna made by his father Pepin the Short at Quiercy-sur-Loire in 753 
Apr 6, 1106
Fire in Venice 
Apr 6, 1320
The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath. 
Apr 6, 1327
Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura 
Apr 6, 1362
Robber bastion Tard-Venus strikes at Brignais France 
Apr 6, 1385
John, Master of the Order of Aviz, is made king John I of Portugal. 
Apr 6, 1516
A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d'Este 
Apr 6, 1634
Heeren XIX asks "to secure Eylands Curacao" 
Apr 6, 1652
Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck 
Apr 6, 1663
King Charles II signs Carolina Charter 
Apr 6, 1664
France & Saxony sign alliance 
Apr 6, 1667
An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state. 
Apr 6, 1672
France declares war on Netherlands 
Apr 6, 1712
Slave revolt in NY 
Apr 6, 1722
Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards 
Apr 6, 1724
Duke of Newcastle becomes English minister of Foreign Affairs 
Apr 6, 1727
Denmark signs Covenant of Hannover 
Apr 6, 1757
British King George II fires minister William Pitt Sr 
Apr 6, 1782
Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'état. 
Apr 6, 1789
1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC 
Apr 6, 1808
John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company. 
Apr 6, 1815
English militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed 
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