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This Day in U.S. History: April 6


1712 – The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 begins near Broadway.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat.

1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America's first millionaire.

1830 – Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.

1841 – U.S. President John Tyler is sworn in, two days after having become President upon William Henry Harrison's death.

1860 – The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, later renamed Community of Christ, is organized by Joseph Smith III and others at Amboy, Illinois.

1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins: In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.

1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Sailor's Creek: Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia fights and loses its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond, Virginia during the Appomattox Campaign.

1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, is founded. It lasts until 1956.

1888 – Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.

1893 – Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.

1917 – World War I: The United States declares war on Germany.

1929 – Huey P. Long, Governor of Louisiana, is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.

1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.

1962 – Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms' First Piano Concerto.

1968 – In Richmond, Indiana's downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.

1972 – Vietnam War: Easter Offensive: American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.

1973 – Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.

1973 – The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.

1998 – Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.


1892 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American businessman, founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (d. 1981)

1892 – Lowell Thomas, American journalist and author (d. 1981)

1941 – Don Prudhomme, American race car driver and manager

1951 – Bert Blyleven, Dutch-American baseball player and sportscaster

1956 – Michele Bachmann, American lawyer and politician

1966 – Vince Flynn, American author (d. 2013)


1862 – Albert Sidney Johnston, American general (b. 1803)

1971 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1882)

1992 – Isaac Asimov, American science fiction writer (b. 1920)

2015 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter and conductor (b. 1918)

2017 - Don Rickles, American Comedian and actor, given the nickname "Mr. Warmth" (b. 1926)