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Calendar for April 6th, 2014

1190s

  • Died 1199: King Richard I (English monarch, called "Richard the Lionheart")

  • 1480s

  • Born 1483: Raphael (artist)

  • 1520s

  • Died 1520: Raphael (artist)

  • 1860s

  • 1868: Brigham Young, the Mormon Church leader, married his 27th and last wife

  • 1869: Snow-melting apparatus patented

  • 1890s

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece

  • 1900s

  • 1909: Admiral Robert Peary and his African-American assistant Matthew Henson reached the North Pole

  • 1910s

  • 1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany (WW I)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1927: Gerry Mulligan (jazz musician)

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Bakery manager, Jimmy Dewar, invented a cream filled sponge cake, now known as the Twinkie

  • Born 1937: Billie Dee Williams (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1947: John Ratzenberger (actor)

  • 1947: The first Tony Awards were presented at a dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Easter Sunday

  • 1950s

  • Born 1952: Marilu Henner (actress)

  • 1956: Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie contract just five days after his first screen test

  • 1960s

  • Born 1969: Paul Rudd (actor)

  • Born 1969: Bret Boone (baseball player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Lou Merloni (baseball player)

  • Born 1975: Zach Braff (actor)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1998: Tammy Wynette (country musician)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: UConn's women's basketball team completed a championship sweep for the school by beating Tennessee 70-61 for the NCAA women's title. The victory followed UConn's win over Georgia Tech in the men's championship game the previous night, making Connecticut the first Division I school to sweep both titles

  • Died 2004: Niki Sullivan (guitarist for Buddy Holly and the Crickets)

  • Died 2004: Victor Argo (actor)

  • Died 2005: Prince Rainier III of Monaco

  • 2009: A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck central Italy

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Corin Redgrave (actor)

  • Died 2012: Thomas Kinkade (painter; often referred to as "Painter of Light")

  • Died 2014: Mickey Rooney (actor)


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