This Day in History: April 6th

Here are 10 important things that happened in history on April 6:

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
  • 1909: Robert Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole.
  • 1917: The United States entered World War I.
  • 1930: Mahatma Gandhi began his Salt March in India, a major protest against British rule.
  • 1941: Germany invaded Yugoslavia and Greece.
  • 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1975: The last American troops left Vietnam.
  • 1994: The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash, sparking the Rwandan genocide.
  • 2001: The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, killing all seven astronauts on board.
  • 2010: A massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, killing more than 18,000 people and causing widespread damage.

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2 thoughts on “This Day in History: April 6th

  1. Number 8 and number 10 really hit me hard.

    When the Japanese earthquake struck, i knew there was something wrong. Even though it was about 10 hours before i heard it on the news. It may have been on the news earlier but I didn’t know till 10 hours later.

    Over the years i have felt so disgusted and horrified by the genocide of the Rwandan people. I feel that the attack against these people was truly a tragedy that will go unpunished and unaddressed.

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    1. Hi Vivika, it is difficult to imagine the death of 18,000 in just a few short moments. One of my favourite quotes from one of least favourite people in history is “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” – Josef Stalin. Large numbers can make tragedy impersonal which is terribly regretable.

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