What Happened On This Day – 6. April
1994 The Rwandan genocide begins
The assassination of Rwandan President, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, triggered a mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis with up to 1 million victims.
1965 The first commercial communications satellite is launched
Intelsat I, also known as Early Bird, facilitated the first live TV broadcast of a spacecraft splashdown when Gemini 6 landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
1924 A team of aviators begins the first round-the-world flight in history
Four aircraft left Seattle on a westbound route around the globe. 157 days later, two of them reached the same location.
1909 Robert Peary allegedly becomes the first person to reach the North Pole
Peary's claim has never been verified and is widely contested. The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was the 1948 Soviet Sever-2 expedition.
1896 The first modern Olympic Games are opened in Athens
241 athletes from 14 countries took part in the First Olympiad. The event took place over 1500 years after the last ancient Olympic Games, which originated in Olympia in south-western Greece.
Births On This Day – 6. April
1963 Rafael Correa
Ecuadorian politician, 54th President of Ecuador
1929 André Previn
German/American pianist, composer, conductor
1928 James Watson
American biologist, geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate
1926 Sergio Franchi
Italian/American singer, actor
1926 Ian Paisley
Irish minister, politician, 2nd First Minister of Northern Ireland
Deaths On This Day – 6. April
1992 Isaac Asimov
American chemist, author
1971 Igor Stravinsky
1528 Albrecht Dürer
German painter, engraver, mathematician
Italian painter, architect
1199 Richard I of England