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402        Apr 6, Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beat the Visigoths.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

610        Apr 6, Lailat-ul Qadar: The night that the Koran descended to Earth. Muhammad is believed by his followers to have had a vision of Gabriel. The angel told him to recite in the name of God. Other visions are supposed to have Gabriel lead Muhammad to heaven to meet God, and to Jerusalem to meet Abraham, Moses and Jesus. These visions convinced Mohammad that he was a messenger of God.
    (ATC, p.59)(MC, 4/6/02)

885        Apr 6, Methodius, Greek apostle to the Slavs, archbishop of Sirmium, died.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1199        Apr 6, Richard I "the Lion-hearted" (41), King of England (1189-99), died. Richard was killed by an arrow at the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
    (HN, 4/6/99)(MC, 4/6/02)

1250        Apr 6, Louis IX (1214-1270), King of France, lost the Battle of Fariskur, Egypt, and was captured by Muslim forces.

1252        Apr 6, Peter of Verona (45), [Peter Martyr], Italian inquisitor died.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1320        Apr 6, Scotland declared its independence in the Declaration of Arbroath. In a letter to the Pope they said: “As long as only one hundred of us remain alive we will never on any conditions be brought under English rule."
    (, 7/12/14, p.50)

1327        Apr 6, Petrarch met Laura de Sade in a church at Avignon, and was inspired for the rest of his life. He wrote his finest poems about her beauty and loveliness... and about his later recognition that he had loved her wrongly, placing her person ahead of her spirit. This event has been taken to mark the beginning of the Renaissance
     (V.D.-H.K.p.131)(MC, 4/6/02)

1348        Apr 6,    Laura de Sade, the arch love of Petrarch died of the plague. Boccaccio retired from plague-stricken Florence, and in a country residence began to write the Decameron.

1453        Apr 6, Ottoman forces under Mehmet II opened fire on Constantinople.
    (ON, 10/00, p.11)

1483        Apr 6, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, d.1520), Dutch painter (Sistine Madonna), was born to an unremarkable painter in the Duchy of Urbino. He went on to paint works in the Vatican. After an apprenticeship in Perugia, he went to Florence, having heard of the work da Vinci and Michelangelo were doing. His last 12 years were spent on numerous commissions in Rome. He died on his 37th birthday, his funeral mass being celebrated in the Vatican. [see Mar 28]
    (HN, 4/6/98)(HNQ, 11/17/00)

1489        Apr 6, Hans Waldmann, Swiss military, mayor (Zurich), was beheaded.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1520        Apr 6, Raphael (b.1483), [Sanzio], Italian painter (Sistine Madonna), died on his 37th birthday. His work included "The Veiled Lady" and a set of cartoons that were woven into 10 tapestries titled "The Acts of the Apostles" (1544-1557).
    (WSJ, 4/11/02, p.D7)(

1528        Apr 6, Albrecht Durer (b.1471), German painter, graphic artist, died in Germany. His wife Agnes inherited his 6,874-florin estate.
    (SFEC, 2/9/97, DB p.6)(

1590        Apr 6, Francis Walsingham (~57), English secretary of state, died.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1593        Apr 6, Henry Barrow, English puritan, was hanged.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1593        Apr 6, John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, was hanged.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1631        Apr 6, Vincenzo De Grandis, composer, was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1663        Apr 6, King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter. [see Mar 24]
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1671        Apr 6, Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright, poet (Sacred Odes & Songs), was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1672        Apr 6, Andre Ardinal Destouches, composer, was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1707        Apr 6, Willem Van de Velde (b.1633) the Younger, Dutch marine painter, died. His work included “fishing Boats by the Shore in a Calm" (1660-1605).
    (, 7/9/11, p.E1)

1722        Apr 6, In Russia Peter the Great ended tax on men with beards.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1757        Apr 6, English king George II fired minister William Pitt, Sr.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1760        Apr 6, Charlotte Charke (b.1713), actress and writer, died. In 2005 Kathryn Shevelow authored “Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress’s Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London’s Wild and Wicked Theatrical World."
    (SSFC, 4/3/05, p.F3)(

1773        Apr 6, James Mill (d.1836), English philosopher, historian (Hist of British India) and economist, was born in Scotland.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.253)(WUD, 1994 p.909)(MC, 4/6/02)

c1786        Apr 6,    Sacagawea (also Sacajawea), American explorer, was born.
    (HN, 4/6/01)

1789        Apr 6, The first US Congress began regular sessions at Federal Hall on Wall Street, NYC.
    (HN, 4/6/98)(MC, 4/6/02)

1815        Apr 6, At Dartmoor Prison in southwest England 7 American prisoners were killed by British soldiers under the command of Captain Thomas G. Shortland. Some 6,000 prisoners were awaiting return to the US. A farmer’s jury with no victims or witnesses issued a verdict on April 8 of “justifiable homicide."
    (AH, 10/02, p.36)

1824        Apr 6, King Kamehameha II's royal yacht, HA`AHEO o HAWAI`I (Pride of Hawaii), sank on the southwest corner of Hanalei Bay near the mouth of the Waioli River, after striking a five-foot deep reef a hundred yards offshore.

1826        Apr 6, Gustave Moreau, French painter, was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1829        Apr 6, Niels Henrik Abel (b.1802), Norwegian mathematician, died of tuberculosis. After him comes the term Abelian group, an algebraic commutative group. In 2004 Peter Pesic authored “Abel’s Proof: An Essay on the Sources and Meaning of Mathematical Unsolvability."
    (AHD, 1971, p.2)(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A15)(Econ, 5/15/04, p.80)

1830        Apr 6, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith and five others in Fayette, Seneca County, N.Y. Joseph Smith (25) published the “Book of Mormon" in Palmyra, New York. He claimed that the manuscript was based on ancient golden plates revealed to him by the angel Moroni and written in the language of the Egyptians. The book records the journey of an ancient Israelite prophet, Lehi, and his family to the American continent some 2,000 years ago. [see 1827, 1831] Some 5,000 copies of the book were published. In 2014 Avi Steinberg authored “The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla & Kansas City, Missouri."
    (SFC, 4/9/96, A-7)(NH, 10/96, p.19)(AP, 4/6/97)(SFC, 6/15/12, p.A24)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.P3)

1841        Apr 6, Cornerstone was laid for 2nd Mormon temple at Nauvoo, Missouri.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1844        Apr 6, Joseph Ludwig, composer, was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1848        Apr 6, Jews of Prussia were granted equality.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1849        Apr 6, Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le Prophete," premiered in Paris. [see Apr 16]
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1858        Apr 6, President Buchanan issued a proclamation declaring Mormons in the Utah Territory to be in a state of rebellion against the US government.
    (AP, 4/6/08)

1860        Apr 6, Rene Lalique (d.1945), French goldsmith, jeweler, glassmaker and artist, was born. He helped mold the shape of 20th century art nouveau, art deco and architectural ornamentation.
    (SFC, 3/26/97, z1 p.7)(Hem., 6/98, p.134)(MC, 4/6/02)

1862        Apr 6, Two days of bitter fighting began at the Civil War battle of Shiloh as the Confederates attacked Grant's Union forces in southwestern Tennessee. Union commander Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, planning to advance on the important railway junction at Corinth, Miss., met a surprise attack by General Albert Sidney Johnston's Army of Mississippi. The Confederates pushed the Federals back steadily during the first day's fighting, in spite of Johnston's death that afternoon. Only with the arrival of Union reinforcements during the night did the tide turn, forcing the rebels to withdraw. The opposing sides slaughtered each other with such ferocity that one survivor wrote, "No blaze of glory...can ever atone for the unwritten and unutterable horrors of the scene." Gen. Ulysses Grant after the Battle of Shiloh said: “I saw an open field... so covered with dead that it would have been possible to walk across... in any direction, stepping on dead bodies without a foot touching the ground." More than 9,000 Americans died. The battle left some 24,000 casualties and secured the West for the Union. In 1952 Shelby Foote wrote “Shiloh," an historical novel based on documentation from participants in the battle. Recorded Books made a cassette version in 1992.
    (SFC, 6/19/96, p.E5)(HT, 4/97, p.13)(AP, 4/6/97)(AM, May/Jun 97 p.27)(RBI, 1992)(HN, 4/6/98)(HNPD, 4/6/99)
1862        Apr 6, Albert Sidney Johnston (59), US and Confederate general, was killed in battle of Shiloh.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1865        Apr 6, At the Battle of Sayler's Creek, a third of Lee's army was cut off by Union troops pursuing him to Appomattox. Skirmish at High Bridge, VA, (Appomattox).
    (HN, 4/6/99)(MC, 4/6/02)
1865        Apr 6, Reuben B. Boston, US and Confederate cavalry colonel, died in battle.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1866        Apr 6, Butch Cassidy, [Robert Parker], US desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), was born. [see Apr 13,15]
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1866        Apr 6, Joseph Lincoln Steffens (d.1936), American investigative reporter and muckraker journalist (Shame of the Cities), was born: "Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over." "Never practice what you preach. If you're going to practice it, why preach it?"
    (AP, 5/16/97)(HN, 4/6/98)(AP, 4/24/98)
1866        Apr 6, G.A.R. was formed (Grand Army of the Republic). It was composed of men who served in the US Army and Navy during the Civil War. The last member died in 1956.
    (WUD, 1994 p.614)(MC, 4/6/02)

1868        Apr 6, Brigham Young married his 27th and final wife (I am done with wifery).
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1869        Apr 6, John and Isaiah Hyatt applied for a new patent using collodion to manufacture billiard balls. They later named their product celluloid. It was similar to that made by English inventor Alexander Parkes, who patented the process in England in 1855. The new plastic could be molded and mass produced, but was very flammable and exploded when struck with excessive force. [see Jun 15]
    (HNQ, 5/8/98)(WSJ, 1/11/98, p.R18)(MC, 4/6/02)(PCh, 1992, p.467)(ON, 11/03, p.3)

1886        Apr 6, The City of Vancouver, Canada, was incorporated. The ceremony was delayed when it was discovered no one had thought to bring paper on which to write down the details. The ceremony was held in Jonathan Miller's house. The population of the city was about 1,000.

1889        Apr 6, George Eastman placed the Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1890        Apr 6, Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker (d.1939), aircraft pioneer, was born in Java.

1892        Apr 6, Donald Wills Douglas, US aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas), was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1892        Apr 6, Lowell Thomas, author, journalist, broadcaster and world traveler was born in Woodington, Ohio.
    (AP, 4/6/00)

1893        Apr 6, Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City was dedicated.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1896        Apr 6, Edgar "Yip" Harburg (d.1981), lyricist, was born in NYC as Isidore Hochberg. His songs included "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Over the Rainbow."
1896        Apr 6, The first modern Olympic Games formally opened in Athens, Greece after a lapse of 1,500 years. 8 nations participated. [see Mar 25]
    (SFC, 7/14/96, p.T1)(AP, 4/6/97)
1896        Apr 6, James Connolly, a self-educated 27-year-old American, won the first gold medal at the 1896 Olympic games in Athens. Connolly‘s event, the triple jump, which was then called the hop, step, and jump, was the first final of the games. The U.S. Olympic team hadn’t realized that the Greeks followed the Hellenic calendar, so they arrived not days in advance but just a few hours before the opening ceremonies. Despite being hastily prepared, Connolly competed last and beat his opponents’ distances by more than three feet. He went on to become a successful author of 25 novels. [see Mar 25]
    (HNQ, 4/8/00)

1897        Apr 6 & 16, Frank M. Chapman, ornithologist with the American Museum of Natural History, observed large numbers of flying hawks over Veracruz, Mexico.
    (NH, 10/96, p.37)

1903        Apr 6, French Army Nationalists were revealed for forging documents to guarantee a conviction for Alfred Dreyfus, an officer accused of giving plans for France's defense to Germany.
    (HN, 4/6/99)

1905        Apr 6, W. Warrick Cardozo, physician and pioneer researcher on Sickle Cell Anemia, was born.
    (HN, 4/6/99)

1906        Apr 6, John Betjeman, English Poet Laureate 1972-1984 (Mount Zion), was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1906        Apr 6, 1st animated cartoon was copyrighted.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1909        Apr 6, 1st credit union formed in US.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1909        Apr 6, Explorers Robert E. Peary, Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole along with 4 Eskimos. Peary used Ellesmere Island as a base for his expedition to the North Pole. The north coast of Ellesmere lies just 480 miles from the Pole. He was accompanied by Matthew Henson, an African-American, who had spent 18 years in the Arctic with Peary. The claim was disputed by skeptics and in 1988 the original navigational records were uncovered from the dog-sled voyage indicating that Peary probably never got closer than 121 miles from the North Pole. In 1989 the Navigation Foundation upheld that Peary reached the North Pole.
    (NG, 6/1988, 754, 757)(SFC, 8/18/96, p.B8)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A20)(AP, 4/6/08)(SFC, 9/11/08, p.B4)
1909        Arctic explorer Frederick A. Cook claimed to have discovered the North Pole a year ahead of Peary. Many historians suspect that neither explorer succeeded. The term “Dr. Cook weather" refers to an incident where Dr. Cook once left a chilly New York baseball game after which the city papers trumpeted; “Game called—even too cold for Dr. Cook." Cook's assertion was later proved false.
    (SFC, 8/18/96, p.B8)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A20)

1911        Apr 6, In San Francisco the Police Board examined 9 Mission saloon keepers who were cited for selling liquor to women decoys. Mission District Police Capt. Henry Gleeson faced a possible charge of neglect of duty.
    (SSFC, 4/3/11, DB p.46)

1912        Apr 6, Cadillac adopted an electric self-starter. Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958), as president of Delco, introduced the electric-starter on the 1912 Cadillac.

1915        Apr 6, Tadeusz Kantor (d.1990), Polish director and theorist, was born in Galicia, a part of Austria-Hungary.
    (SFC, 1/14/15, p.E5)(

1916        Apr 6, German government OK’d unrestricted submarine warfare.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1917        Apr 6, The US Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side.
     (HN, 4/6/98)(AP, 4/6/04)

1918        Apr 6, Savva Mamontov, Russian industrialist, merchant, entrepreneur, and patron of the arts, died. He had supervised the construction of the Severnaya Railway linking Moscow with the Russian North. He was also involved into the building of Donetsk railway from 1876 to 1882.

1922        Apr 6, Barry Levinson, director (Rain Man), was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1924        Apr 6, Four open-cockpit biplanes took off from Seattle for a round the world flight. Two of the planes made it back. They flew 26,000 miles in 363 hours over a 175 days at an average speed of 77 mph. The US Congress had to approve the financing and the airplanes were built by Douglas Aircraft. [see May 3, 1923]
    (Hem., 2/96, p.43)(HN, 4/6/98)
1924        Apr 6, Italy fascists received 65% of vote of parliament.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1925        Apr 6, A Deutsche Lufthansa flight debuted an in-flight movie, a silent-reel short.
    (SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D2)

1927        Apr 6, Gerry Mulligan, jazz saxophonist, was born.
    (HN, 4/6/01)

1928        Apr 6, James Watson, discovered structure of DNA, was born.
    (HN, 4/6/98)

1929        Apr 6, "Crazy" Joe Gallo, mobster, was born.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1929        Apr 6, Andre Previn, pianist and conductor, was born in Berlin, Germany.
    (HN, 4/6/01)(MC, 4/6/02)

1930        Apr 6, Hostess Twinkies were invented by bakery executive James Dewar.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1930        Apr 6, 1st transcontinental glider tow was completed.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1931        Apr 6, Richard Alpert, later known as the spiritual leader Ram Dass, was born in Boston.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.5)
1931        Apr 6, 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1931        Apr 6, The 1st Scottsboro (Ala) trial began for 9 blacks accused of rape.

1934        Apr 6, 418 Lutheran ministers were arrested in Germany.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1935        Apr 6, Edwin Arlington Robinson (b.1869), US poet, died. In 2006 Scott Donaldson authored “Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Life."
    (, 1/27/07, p.P9)

1936        Apr 6, A tornado killed 203 and injures 1,800 in Gainesville, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1937        Apr 6, Merle Haggard, American country musician, was born.
    (HN, 4/6/01)

1938        Apr 6, Roy Plunkett, a DuPont researcher in New Jersey, discovered the polymer, polytetrafluoroethylene, later known as teflon.
    (SFEC, 11/7/99, Par p.12)
1938        Apr 6, U.S. recognized the German conquest of Austria.
    (HN, 4/6/98)

1939        Apr 6, Great Britain and Poland signed a military pact.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1941        Apr 6, Italian-held Addis Ababa surrendered to British and Ethiopian forces.
    (MC, 4/6/02)
1941        Apr 6, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop gave orders for the attack on Yugoslavia to roll forward. Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to bomb Belgrade prior to the final drive into the capital. From August 6 to 10, more than 500 bombing sorties were flown against Belgrade, inflicting more than 17,500 fatalities. Most of the government officials fled, and the Yugoslav army began to collapse. German Luftwaffe Marshall Alexander Lohr commanded a surprise air attack on Belgrade and 17,000 died. Lohr was later tried and executed for the bombings.
    (, 4/8/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/20/99, p.A21)
1941        Apr 6, German troops invaded Yugoslavia and Greece. Italian and Albanian forces attacked and jointly occupied Yugoslavia. Germany, with support of Italy and other allies defeated Greece and Yugoslavia.
    (WUD, 1944, p.1683)(SFC, 4/5/97, p.A20)(www, Albania, 1998)
1941        Apr 6-7, The Luftwaffe delivered a heavy blow to the British expedition when German bombers seriously damaged Piraeus, the port of Athens sinking seven merchant ships, sixty lighters and 25 caiques.

1942        Apr 6, In San Francisco 660 Japanese were evacuated and sent to the Santa Anita racetrack pending later movement inland. Another 4,000 Japanese in the city remained to be evacuated.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, DB p.54)

1943        Apr 6, British and American armies linked up in Africa.
    (HN, 4/6/98)

1944        Apr 6,    German trucks rolled up to the safehouse of Sabina Zlatin in Izieu-Ain, France, and 44 children and 7 teachers including Mr. Zlatin were arrested. The raid was ordered by Klaus Barbie, head of the German police in Lyons.    
    (SFC, 9/24/96, p.B2)(MC, 4/6/02)

1945        Apr 6, During World War II, the Japanese warship Yamato and nine other vessels sailed on a suicide mission to attack the U.S. fleet off Okinawa; the fleet was intercepted the next day.
    (AP, 4/6/99)

1947        Apr 6, The first Tony awards were presented at a dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Easter Sunday. They were named in honor of Antoinette Perry (1888-1946), chairman of the board and secretary of the American Theatre Wing throughout World War II.

1954        Apr 6, Four weeks after being attacked on the air by Edward R. Murrow, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., delivered a filmed response on CBS' "See It Now" in which he charged that Murrow had, in the past, "engaged in propaganda for Communist causes."
    (AP, 4/6/04)

1956        Apr 6, Polish communist Gomulka was freed from prison.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1957        Apr 6, NYC ended trolley car service.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1959        Apr 6, In the 31st Academy Awards "Gigi," Susan Hayward and David Niven won.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1963        Apr 6,    The United States and Britain signed an agreement under which the Americans would sell Polaris A-3 missiles to the British.
    (AP, 4/6/97)

1965        Apr 6, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations.
    (HN, 4/6/99)
1965        Apr 6,    The United States launched the Intelsat I, also known as the "Early Bird" communications satellite.
    (AP, 4/6/08)

1966        Apr 6, Emmett Ashford became the first African-American major league umpire. The highly regarded umpire was known for his dynamic and distinctive style of calling balls and strikes.
    (HN, 4/12/99)(HNQ, 4/15/00)(

1968        Apr 6, In Richmond, Indiana, gunpowder stocks at a sporting-goods store exploded and at least 16 people were killed.
1968        Apr 6, Black Panther member Bobby Hutton (17) was killed in a gun battle with police in West Oakland, Ca., and Eldridge Cleaver was arrested.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A15)(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A13)
1968        Apr 6, East German voters approved a new socialist constitution by a 94.5% margin.

1969        Apr 6, In San Francisco at least 20,000 people marched to the Presidio to protest the Vietnam War and the mutiny courts-martial of 27 stockade prisoners.
    (SSFC, 4/7/19, DB p.38)
1969        Apr 6, Sir Wally Herbert (1934-2007), English explorer, reached the North Pole on foot along with 3 others on his team. They became the first men to cross the entire frozen surface of the Arctic Ocean on foot covering the 3,720 miles in 16 months. Roy Koerner, a glaciologist accompanying Herbert, drilled more than 250 ice core samples during the journey.

1971        Apr 6,    Igor Stravinsky (b.1882), Russian-born composer, died in NYC.
    (AP, 4/6/97)(

1972        Apr 6, Six US helicopter crew members were killed in Vietnam during a heroic rescue attempt of Air Force Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (1918-2004), who had been shot down on April 2. Five aircraft crews were shot down during the rescue attempts. The 1988 film "Bat-21" was about their mission. Hambleton was rescued on April 13.
    (SFC, 11/19/97, p.A3)(SFC, 5/29/03, p.A19)(
1972        Apr 6, US Capt. John W. Ripley (d.2008 at 69) helped stop a column of North Vietnamese tanks by blowing up a pair of bridges at Dong Ha during the 1972 Easter Offensive of the Vietnam War.

1973        Apr 6, Yankee Ron Blomberg (b.1948) became the 1st designated hitter. He walked.

1974        Apr 6, Willem Dudok (b.1884), Dutch architect (Hilversum Town Hall), died.

1975        Apr 6, Bundy victim Denise Oliverson (25) disappeared from Grand Junction, Colo.

1979        Apr 6, The U.S. cut off aid to Pakistan, because of that country’s covert construction of a uranium enrichment facility.
    (HNQ, 11/14/99)
1979        Apr 6, The US Alien Torts Claims Act (ATCA) of 1789, meant to combat piracy, sprang back to life when it was used to allow two Paraguayans to sue a former Paraguayan policeman in an American court for acts of torture committed in Paraguay.
    (Econ, 10/6/12, p.34)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.34)
1979        Apr 6, In India the United Liberation Front of Assam was created to fight for independence from India. The Ahom tribe was the major ethnic group of Assam.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A11)(AP, 4/6/09)

1977        Apr 6, The Seattle Kingdome opened and the Mariners lost to the Angels 7-0. The Seattle Mariners baseball team were created following the 1970 departure of the 1-year-old Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.B6)(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.B1)

1978        Apr 6, Nicolas Nabokov (b.1903), Russian-born American composer, died. His work included the opera “Rasputin's End" with a libretto by Stephen Spender (1958).

1979        Apr 6, The US Carter administration cut off aid to Pakistan, because of that country’s covert construction of a uranium enrichment facility.
    (HNQ, 11/14/99)(SSFC, 3/27/17, p.E2)
1979        Apr 6, The US Alien Torts Claims Act (ATCA) of 1789, meant to combat piracy, sprang back to life when it was used to allow two Paraguayans to sue a former Paraguayan policeman in an American court for acts of torture committed in Paraguay.
    (Econ, 10/6/12, p.34)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.34)
1979        Apr 6, In India the United Liberation Front of Assam was created to fight for independence from India. The Ahom tribe was the major ethnic group of Assam.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A11)(AP, 4/6/09)

1980        Apr 6, 3-M introduced Post-It Notes. In 2010 inventors, 3M scientists Arthur Fry and Spencer Silver, were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
    (, 4/25/10)

1983        Apr 6, Saying rock 'n' roll bands attracted "the wrong element," Interior Secretary James Watt declined to invite the Beach Boys to perform at a Washington Fourth of July celebration -- a stand he later reversed.
    (AP, 4/6/98)
1983        Apr 6, Melida Anaya Montes ("Comandante Ana Maria"), Salvadoran FMLN guerrilla leader, was killed in Nicaragua, where many Salvadoran guerrillas took refuge under its leftist government. In 2007 her body was exhumed and buried in her homeland.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(

1984        Apr 6, Pioneer Courthouse Square opened in Portland.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.A6)
1984        Apr 6, 1st time 11 people in space.

1985        Apr 6, William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital as he moved into an apartment in Louisville, Ky.
    (AP, 4/6/97)

1987        Apr 6, The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,400 for the first time.
    (AP, 4/6/97)
1987        Apr 6, Sugar Ray Leonard upset Marvelous Marvin Hagler to become middleweight champion.
    (AP, 4/6/97)
1987        Apr 6, Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis said on ABC's "Nightline" that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball. Campanis ended up being fired over his remarks.
    (AP, 4/6/07)

1988        Apr 6, Black Arctic explorer Matthew Henson (1866-1955) was re-buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington, Va.
1988        Apr 6, Tirza Porat (15), was killed in a West Bank melee, becoming the first Israeli civilian to die in the occupied territories since the start of the Palestinian uprising. Although Arabs were initially blamed, the army concluded that a Jewish settler accidentally shot the girl.
    (AP, 4/6/98)

1989        Apr 6, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with British PM Margaret Thatcher in London, holding daylong talks that were characterized as argumentative, but friendly.
    (AP, 4/6/99)

1990        Apr 6, US Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze concluded three days of talks in Washington, after which Shevardnadze handed President Bush a letter from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
    (AP, 4/6/00)

1991        Apr 6, Bosnian Serbs began a war in a quest for their own ethnically pure republic.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A6)
1991        Apr 6, Iraq reluctantly agreed to accept United Nations conditions for ending the Persian Gulf War.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(AP, 4/6/01)

1992        Apr 6, Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened and Baltimore beat Cleveland 2-0.
1992        Apr 6, The US Supreme Court limited some undercover sting operations as it ruled that a Nebraska farmer had been entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography.
    (AP, 4/6/97)
1992        Apr 6, Microsoft released Windows 3.1.
1992        Apr 6, Molly Picon (b.1898), Yiddish actress (Milk and Honey), died of Alzheimer's.
1992        Apr 6,    Isaac Asimov (72), science fiction author, died in New York. He had authored 467 books.
    (AP, 4/6/97)(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.D1)
1992        Apr 6, Alija Izetbegovic declared independence for Bosnia. The European Community recognized the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina as an independent state.
    (AP, 4/6/02)(SFC, 10/20/03, p.A18)
1992        Apr 6, War broke out in northern Bosnia between the Bosnian government and local Serbs who began to lay siege to the capital Serajevo. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a psychiatrist, began the war in Bosnia with the help of Serbian Pres. Slobodan Milosevic, who ruled Yugoslavia and the old Yugoslav People’s Army.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-11)(WP. 6/29/96, p.A20)(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A12)
1992        Apr 6, Eritrea published a Nationality Proclamation.
1992        Apr 6, In Peru journalist Gustavo Gorriti was kidnapped hours after Fujimori seized dictatorial powers, announcing over television that he was closing Congress because it was sabotaging his war against the rebels. Gorriti was released the next day after an intense campaign by international journalist associations and human rights groups for his freedom. Pres. Fujimori closed Congress and the judiciary and ruled by decree for the rest of the year.
    (SFE, 9/17/96, p.A11)(AP, 1/5/08)

1993        Apr 6, In a televised speech a year after ethnic warfare erupted in Bosnia, the president of the Muslim-led government, Alija Izetbegovic, compared that destructive nationalism to Nazism.
    (AP, 4/6/98)

1994        Apr 6, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his retirement after 24 years. Two months before his retirement he declared his opposition to capital punishment because the system was fraught with discrimination and mistakes. He stepped aside to allow Pres. Clinton to appoint his replacement. In 1999 David N. Atkinson published "Leaving the Bench," a historical look At the conditions under which Supreme Court justices retire.
    (AP, 4/6/97)(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A15)(WSJ, 8/11/99, p.A16)
1994        Apr 6, A car rigged with explosives detonated next to a bus in Afula, Israel. 8 Israelis were killed and 45 wounded in Hamas's 1st car bombing.
    (WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)(AP, 4/6/99)(SFC, 3/23/04, p.A11)
1994        Apr 6, The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed on a return trip from Tanzania in a mysterious plane crash near Kigali, Rwanda; widespread violence erupted in Rwanda over claims the plane had been shot down: Agatha Uwilingiyimana, Rwanda’s and Africa’s 1st female PM, Cyprian Niayamira (Ntaryamira), president of Burundi (1993-94) and Juvenal Habyarimana, president of Rwanda (1973) were killed along with the French aircrew. In Rwanda the Interhamwe, an extremist organization, and the Rwandan armed forces, FAR, launched a massacre of Tutsis and sympathizers that killed some 800,000. [see Aug 1, 1997] A French report in 2004 concluded that Paul Kagame, Tutsi rebel leader, was behind the crash. In 2010 a Rwandan government-commissioned inquiry said Rwandan Hutu soldiers shot down the Hutu president's plane and sparked the slaughter of more than 500,000 people. In 2012 a French judge determined that the missile fire that brought down the plane and sparked the Rwanda genocide came from a military camp, and not Tutsi rebels. This finding supported the theory that Habyarimana was killed by extremist members of his own ethnic Hutu camp.
    (WSJ, 11/15/96, p.A16)(SFC, 2/21/97, p.A26)(AP, 4/6/99)(SFC, 2/11/04, p.A8)(AP, 1/12/10)(AFP, 1/11/12)

1995        Apr 6, The US Senate unanimously approved a $16 billion package of cuts in social programs. Earlier in the day, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., apologized on the Senate floor for lampooning O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito on a nationally syndicated radio program by employing a mock Japanese accent.
    (AP, 4/6/05)

1996        Apr 6, A sorrowful President Clinton was on hand at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to greet the arrival of 33 flag-draped caskets carrying the remains of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and other victims of a plane crash in Croatia.
    (AP, 4/6/97)   
1996        Apr 6, US INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) agents pursued a stolen camper with more than 20 suspected illegal immigrants when it plunged off a mountain road in Temecula, Ca. and 8 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, p.C-5)(AP, 4/6/97)
1996        Apr 6, Actress Greer Garson died in Dallas at age 92.
    (SFC, 4/7/96, p.B-5)(AP, 4/6/97)
1996        Apr 6, Cilipi Airport maintenance chief, Niko Junic, committed suicide at his home in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
    (SFC, 4/8/96, p.A-8)
1996        Apr 6, Fighting and looting began in Monrovia, Liberia, and a six year civil war resumed between rival ethnic groups. Supporters of Roosevelt Johnson faced off against the ruling council of state, which sacked Johnson as rural development minister and ordered his arrest for murder. Johnson accused Charles Taylor of violating the Abuja accord of August, which set up a transitional government.
    (SFC, 4/10/96, p.A-4)(SFC, 4/18/96, p.a-12)

1997        Apr 6, NASA officials announced they were cutting short the 16-day mission of space shuttle Columbia by 12 days because of a deteriorating and potentially explosive power generator.
    (AP, 4/6/02)
1997        Apr 6, A blizzard shut down much of the northern Plains.
    (AP, 4/6/98)
1997        Apr 6, Jack Kent Cooke (84), owner of the Washington Redskins, died. Settlement of his will took 7 years and cost $64 million in professional fees.
    (AP, 4/6/98)(WSJ, 7/9/04, p.A1)
1997        Apr 6, In Algeria attackers massacred 90 villagers at various sites over the last 2 days. 52 people had their throats slit near Medea by about 50 killers; 15 were killed in Amroussa and their bodies were burned with gasoline.
    (SFC, 4/7/97, p.A8)
1997        Apr 6, In Burma a bomb exploded at the Rangoon home of Lt. Gen’l. Tin Oo and killed his daughter, Cho Lei Oo (34).
    (WSJ, 4/8/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/97, p.A10)
1997        Apr 6, In Peru Leonor LaRosa revealed her torture and beatings to a television station.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)

1998        Apr 6, The British TV program for toddlers, “Teletubbies," opened in the US.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.E1)
1998        Apr 6, Pres. Clinton announced a ban on imports of 58 types of military-style assault weapons.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Apr 6, Energy Secretary Federico Pena announced his resignation.
    (AP, 4/6/99)
1998        Apr 6, The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 for the first time.
    (CNBC, 4/6/98)(AP, 4/6/99)
1998        Apr 6, Citicorp (Citibank) under Sandy Weill and Travelers Group announced a merger in an $82 billion deal that would create the world’s largest financial services company. The merger formed Citigroup and was completed in October.
    (SFC, 4/798, p.A1)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.69)(Econ, 8/14/10, p.63)
1998        Apr 6, National Semiconductor announced a new single chip computer system. It would hit the mass-market in June 1999.
    (WSJ, 4/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Apr 6, It was announced that the drug tamoxifen cut the risk of breast cancer by half, but that it had potentially serious side effects.
    (WSJ, 4/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Apr 6, Tammy Wynette (55), country singer, died at her Nashville, Tenn., home. Her songs included the 1968 hit “Stand by Your Man."
    (SFC, 4/798, p.A7)(AP, 4/6/99)
1998        Apr 6, In Algeria armed groups killed at least 35 civilians in 2 separate attacks. 27 were killed near Oran and 89 near M’Sila.
    (SFC, 4/798, p.A16)
1998        Apr 6, Pakistan reported a successful test of medium-range missile from its Kahuta nuclear research lab. It was capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a range of 900 miles.
    (SFC, 4/798, p.A16)(SFEC, 5/17/98, p.A15)
1998        Apr 6, From Uganda it was reported that rebels in western Uganda, who were short of food, had abducted a number of villagers and resorted to cannibalism.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.A12)

1999        Apr 6, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji began a 9-day, 6-city US visit in Los Angeles. He planned to gain support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)(WSJ, 4/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, In Massachusetts Maria Grasso (54), a Chilean immigrant working as a baby sitter for a millionaire, won the $197 million Big Game jackpot.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 6, In East Timor gunmen fired shots and lobbed grenades into a church where 1500 residents had taken refuge. Some 40 people were reported killed in Liquica and 5 people were shot to death at the home of a parish priest. Military officials denied the massacre and a bishop later said the number killed might be less than 40. At least 25 people were killed by members of the Red and White Iron (Besi Merah Putih) militia group.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)(WSJ, 4/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/9/99, p.D2)(WSJ, 8/24/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 6, In Indonesia troops opened fire on Christian and Muslim gangs in the Spice Islands where a week of rioting left 76 dead.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, In Iraq 4 men were hanged for the Feb murder of Mohammed Sadiq al-Sader, a top Shiite cleric.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, NATO bombed Yugoslav forces in Montenegro.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 6, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic announced a unilateral Easter cease-fire through to Sunday. NATO rejected the proposal and escalated its aerial bombardment on Serbian forces and supplies.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 6, A submerged truck in the Danube at Kladovo was found to contain the dozens of decomposed corpses that included women, children and old people. Police took the bodies and blew up the truck. The bodies were found in 2001 in a mass grave at a police training camp in Batajnica, a Belgrade suburb.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, p.D4)(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A14)
1999        Apr 6, In Sierra Leone rebels ambushed 2 passenger boats on the Mabang River and 60 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)
1999        Apr 6, In Uganda rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces killed 11 civilians near Bundibugyio by the Congolese border.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)

2000        Apr 6, A private company mapping the human genetic blueprint announced it had decoded all of the DNA pieces that make up the genetic pattern of a single human being.
    (AP, 4/6/01)
2000        Apr 6, The Muslim new year 1421 began with the new moon.
    (SFC, 1/1/00, p.A18)
2000        Apr 6, US and British warplanes bombed military sites in southern Iraq and Iraqi military reported 14 civilians killed and 19 wounded.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of Elian Gonzalez, arrived in Washington DC with his wife and baby son to press his case for the return of his son from relatives in Miami.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/6/01)
2000        Apr 6, In Colombia suspected rightist paramilitaries killed 21 unarmed residents of Tibu.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, In Pakistan the Anti-Terrorist Court declared the former PM Nawaz Sharif guilty of attempted hijacking and terrorism and sentenced him to two life imprisonment terms of 25 years each which would run concurrently.
2000        Apr 6, Two Russian cosmonauts docked with Mir. The destruction of the space station was delayed after MirCorp. of Amsterdam agreed in Feb. to pay $10-20 million to lease commercial rights.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.T12)
2000        Apr 6, In Tunisia Habib Bourguiba former president and independence leader, died at age 96.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D5)
2000        Apr 6, In Uganda authorities issued 6 arrest warrants for the prominent figures of the doomsday sect: Joseph Kibwetere, Credonia Mwerinde, Dominic Kataribabo, Joseph Kasapurari, John Kamagara, and Ursula Komuhangi. All were charged with 10 counts of murder, representing the first 10 identified victims of 924 corpses.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 6, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez announced that the Pemon tribe had dropped their opposition to construction of a 136-mile electrical line in the Canaima National Park.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, In Zimbabwe ruling party lawmakers approved a bill empowering the government to seize white-owned land without compensation. The squatter occupation reached to 940 farms. 6 Western donors suspended $10 million in land reform aid.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D4)

2001        Apr 6, US officials announced some progress toward the release of 24 military personnel in China and hoped to establish a joint US-China commission to examine the April 1 collision of a US spy plane and Chinese jet.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.1)
2001        Apr 6, Algerian national Ahmed Ressam, accused of bringing explosives into the United States just days before the millennium celebrations, was convicted twice in the same day — first in France for belonging to a group supporting Islamic militants, then in Los Angeles on terror charges.
    (AP, 4/6/02)
2001        Apr 6, US unemployment was reported to be 4.3%, the highest since July, 1999.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.D1)
2001        Apr 6, In California PG&E filed for bankruptcy with $9 billion in debt in an offshoot of the California energy crisis. Just before filing the utility awarded bonuses and raises to 6,000 senior managers and other employees. SF Judge Dennis Montali was assigned the case.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.A1,3)(AP, 4/6/02)
2001        Apr 6, Bosnian Croats stoned Nato peacekeepers after police and troops seized the Hercegovacka Banka and its 10 branches. The bank was believed to be used by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) to promote a separate Croatian ministate.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.A10)
2001        Apr 6, In Japan Parliament approved its 1st law to protect victims of domestic violence.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.A11)
2001        Apr 6, In Pakistan the Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Benazir Bhutto and her imprisoned husband Asif Ali Zardari and ordered a retrial.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.A10)

2002        Apr 6, Pres. Bush repeated his call for Israel to "withdraw without delay" from West Bank towns it had occupied since launching an offensive after a string of suicide attacks. Bush also demanded the Palestinians call "an immediate and effective cease-fire."
    (SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A3)(AP, 4/6/03)
2002        Apr 6, Arab League ministers in emergency session denounced the Bush administration’s handling of the Middle East conflict. Some 15k Jordanians marched in Ibrid. Over 20k marched in Paris and another 20k marched in Rome.
    (SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A7)
2002        Apr 6, In Colombia FARC rebels shot and killed police officers Norberto Perez and Victor Manuel Marulanda as they tried to escape.
    (SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A8)
2002        Apr 6, Israeli troops intensified their assault on West Bank towns and refugee camps. Over 20 thousand Jews and Arabs marched in Tel Aviv demanding that the government withdraw from the West Bank and resume talks.
    (SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A1)
2002        Apr 6, South Korea envoy Lim Dong Won said North Korea is ready to resume dialogue with the US.
    (SFC, 4/6/02, p.A8)

2003        Apr 6, Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer, died at the Esalen Inst. in Big Sur, Ca. He pioneered African music in the US with his 1959 album "Drums of Passion."
    (SFC, 4/9/03, p.A31)
2003        Apr 6, Afghan officials announced a plan to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate an estimated 100,000 fighters over the next 3 years.
    (SFC, 4/7/03, p.A3)
2003        Apr 6, Police in Chechnya said they had discovered four graves filled with disfigured bodies, many of them with their heads and arms cut off. Pro-Moscow Chechen policeman Ruslan Visarigov was killed by a mine near his home in the Shelkovskaya district. Rebels killed 4 servicemen and wounded 10 others in attacks over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 4/6/03)(AP, 4/7/03)
2003        Apr 6, In eastern China a fire roared through a food processing plant, killing 21 workers.
    (AP, 4/6/03)
2003        Apr 6, Indian troops killed Fayaz Ahmad Khan, a top commander of Harkat-ul Mujahedeen, a Kashmiri guerrilla group that is suspected in the 1995 abduction of six Western tourists and a 1999 airliner hijacking.
    (AP, 4/6/03)
2003        Apr 6, In the 19th day of Operation Iraqi Freedom 18 Kurdish fighters were killed and 45 wounded in northern Iraq when a US warplane mistakenly bombed a convoy. The 1st US transport plane landed at Baghdad Airport. US forces near Baghdad reportedly found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range Rockets, BM-21 missiles, equipped with sarin and mustard gas and "ready to fire." David Bloom (39), NBC correspondent, died of a pulmonary embolism south of Baghdad. Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi exile leader, was airlifted by the US along with 700 "freedom fighters" to southern Iraq to join coalition troops and form the nucleus of a new national army.
    (AP, 4/6/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/7/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/8/03, p.A10)(AP, 4/6/08)
2003        Apr 6, The Int'l Committee of the Red Cross said the number of casualties in Baghdad was so high that hospitals have stopped counting the number of people treated. A convoy of Russian diplomats, including the ambassador, came under fire as the group was evacuating Baghdad. British forces made their deepest push into Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.
    (AP, 4/6/03)(AP, 4/6/08)
2003        Apr 6, Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip killed a Hamas gunman and a 14-year-old boy.
    (SFC, 4/7/03, p.A8)
2003        Apr 6, In Capetown, SA, Roxanne Dickson (5) became the 7th child to die from gang violence in the last month. Some 280 gangs operated in Western Cape, a province of about 3 million people, 5 percent of whom are believed to belong to gangs.
    (AP, 4/12/03)

2004        Apr 6, The University of Connecticut's women's basketball team beat Tennessee 70-61 to win a third consecutive NCAA title, a day after UConn also won the men's championship.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2004        Apr 6, China issued a major ruling on how Hong Kong chooses its leaders, saying the territory must submit proposed political reforms to Beijing for approval.
    (AP, 4/6/04)
2004        Apr 6, In Ecuador in the midst of a national strike by prison guards, inmates in Quito's women's prison took two television news crews hostage to press their demands for shorter sentences and better living conditions.
    (AP, 4/6/04)
2004        Apr 6, In Indonesia the Golkar Party of former dictator Suharto held a slight lead in parliamentary elections. Golkar won the most seats in the parliamentary election with 21.6 percent. Pres. Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) won 18.5%.
    (AP, 4/6/04)(AP, 5/5/04)(Econ, 5/8/04, p.42)
2004        Apr 6, Insurgents and rebellious Shiites mounted a string of attacks across Iraq's south and U.S. Marines launched a major assault on the turbulent city of Fallujah. Up to a dozen Marines were killed in Ramadi. Two more coalition soldiers were reported killed. US warplanes firing rockets destroyed four houses in the besieged city of Fallujah. A doctor said 26 Iraqis, including women and children, were killed and 30 wounded in the strike. British troops killed 15 Iraqis in Amara. In Nasiriya 15 Iraqis were killed in fighting with Italian troops
    (AP, 4/6/04)(SFC, 4/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Apr 6, Jordan's military court convicted 8 Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2004        Apr 6, In Lithuania lawmakers narrowly ousted Rolandas Paksas, the scandal-ridden president, for abuse of office, passing all three accusations against Paksas: that he illegally arranged citizenship for one of his chief financial backers, businessman Yuri Borisov; that he divulged state secrets; and that he used his office for financial gain.
    (AP, 4/6/04)
2004        Apr 6, The Barcelona city council passed a resolution condemning bullfighting and declaring the city Spain's first to come out against the centuries-old sport.
    (AP, 4/6/04)
2004        Apr 6, With Tamil Tiger rebels threatening to restart the civil war, Sri Lanka's newly installed PM called on neighboring India to help revive the island's faltering peace process.
    (AP, 4/6/04)

2005        Apr 6, A joint session of US Congress listened to Ukrainian Pres. Yushchenko as he called for an end to trade barriers and a new era in US-Ukraine relations.
    (SFC, 4/7/05, p.A8)
2005        Apr 6, Matthew Hale (33), an avowed white supremacist, was sentenced in Chicago to 40 years in prison for trying to have a federal judge killed in 2002.
    (SFC, 4/7/05, p.A3)
2005        Apr 6, Frank Conroy (69), novelist and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, died in Iowa City.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.D14)
2005        Apr 6, The World Bank warned that the global economic recovery has peaked and that the severity of the coming slowdown depended on how skittish foreign investors are about buying US-dollar denominated assets.
    (WSJ, 4/7/05, p.A2)
2005        Apr 6, In southeast Afghanistan a US military helicopter crashed in bad weather. 15 US service members and 3 American civilians were killed when their Chinook helicopter crashed.
    (AP, 4/7/05)
2005        Apr 6, A government official said China plans to build 40 nuclear power plants over the next 15 years, making them the main power source for its booming east coast.
    (AP, 4/7/05)
2005        Apr 6, The European Commission proposed a major boost in EU spending in the 2007-2013 period to create jobs, spur growth and fund programs to make the 25-nation European Union safer and healthier for its 455 million inhabitants.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, Under pressure to stem a rising tide of textile imports from China, the European Union's executive unveiled guidelines for imposing curbs on a country which already has 20 percent of a $400 billion market.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, Colombia's president met top Chinese leaders during a visit to boost trade, seek financing for an oil pipeline and to promote sales of Colombian coal to fuel China's booming economy.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, Marxist rebels ambushed a Colombian military convoy on Wednesday, killing 17 soldiers, the latest in a spate of bloody attacks that have undermined government claims the rebels are being defeated.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, In India police beat up hundreds of people protesting against the razing of their homes by the government in the country's financial hub, Bombay. Authorities flattened an estimated 90,000 shanties in the city early in January. The slum clearance drive has left more than 300,000 people homeless.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, The Iraqi parliament chose Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the country's new interim president, reaching out to a long-repressed minority and bringing the country closer to its first democratically elected government in 50 years.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, In Srinagar 2 suspected Islamic militants stormed a building housing passengers on the eve of a historic bus ride across the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir, in an attack targeting the biggest India-Pakistan peace gesture in decades. Both attackers were killed and at least six people wounded, but all the bus passengers were safe.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, Ivory Coast's warring factions agreed to end hostilities, start immediate disarmament and make plans for new elections.
    (AP, 4/6/05)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.39)
2005        Apr 6, Prince Rainier III (b.1923) of Monaco died at age 81, nearly a month after he was hospitalized with a lung infection. His fairy-tale marriage to Hollywood star Grace Kelly brought elegance and glamour to one of Europe's oldest dynasties.
    (AP, 4/6/05)(SFC, 4/6/05, p.A8)
2005        Apr 6, Pakistani police arrested some 40 faithful of the Muttahida Majlis Amal in Gujranwala as they protested a mixed sporting event. The MMA, a 6-party religious alliance, has demanded the ouster of Pres. Musharraf for being pro-West and secular.
    (Econ, 4/16/05, p.38)
2005        Apr 6, Security forces killed one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted Islamic militants. At least 14 militants were killed over the 4 straight days of shootouts with extremists in different parts of the kingdom.
    (AP, 4/6/05)(SFC, 4/6/05, p.A3)
2005        Apr 6, South Korea, faced with ballooning foreign-exchange reserves, announced plans to drive companies to invest excess dollars abroad rather than at home.
    (WSJ, 4/5/05, p.A15)
2005        Apr 6, Security forces stormed the headquarters of Sudan's main opposition party, arresting scores of its members and top officials, apparently because of celebrations marking an anti-government uprising nearly 20 years ago.
    (AP, 4/6/05)
2005        Apr 6, In Trinidad gunmen snatched Balram Maharaj (62), a US citizen, from a bar and held him for ransom. The body of the Vietnam War veteran were found in a forest in January 2006. 7 men were convicted in a US trial in 2009.
    (, 3/23/11)

2006        Apr 6, Newly released court records cited Lewis "Scooter" Libby saying that in the summer of 2003 President Bush told Vice President Cheney to tell the vice president's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, to disclose highly classified information regarding Iraq intelligence in order to try and discredit legitimate criticism of the administration.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Louis Eppolito (57) and Steven Caracappa (64), former NYC detectives, were convicted of moonlighting as hit men for Anthony Casso, a Luchese family underboss from 1986-1990.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 6, At the death penalty trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani described his own harrowing experience in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2006        Apr 6, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) apologized for an altercation in which she'd entered a Capitol building unrecognized, refused to stop when asked by a police officer and then hit him.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2006        Apr 6, Maine’s Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation to allow stiffer penalties for those convicted of attacks on homeless people.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 6, Gold futures climbed to a 25-year high of 601.90 in Asian trading and settled at 599.70 per ounce in NY.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.D1)
2006        Apr 6, In California 3 ski patrollers were killed when snow collapsed around a volcanic gas vent at Mammoth Lakes.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A2)
2006        Apr 6, A manuscript called the Judas Gospel, probably copied from the original Greek, was unveiled. Discovered in the 1970s near Minya, Egypt, the volume, including the gospel and other documents, was sold to an Egyptian antiquities dealer in 1978. Researchers ruled that the manuscript is most likely authentic and declared with confidence that it was consistent with a date of approximately A.D. 280.
    (Reuters, 4/6/06)(LiveScience, 4/8/13)
2006        Apr 6, A mortar blast near the main US military base in Afghanistan left a civilian dead.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Britain's national farming union said tests have confirmed a dead swan found in Scotland had the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Colombia bombs exploded on two buses in a working class district of Bogota, injuring two dozen passengers, including three children with burns over half their body.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, A government minister said Egypt has found two more people infected with the bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases in the country to 11.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Guatemala Mario Pivaral, an opposition congressman, was shot to death as he stepped out of his party's headquarters, the 2nd lawmaker assassinated in the past two years.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Students protesting a new labor law put more pressure on France's embattled government by blocking roads, trains and a convoy of parts heading to the factory that builds the world's largest airliner.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Shiite politicians also blocked a bid to have parliament try to break the deadlock on forming a new government. A car bomb exploded in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing at least 13 people.
    (AP, 4/6/06)(SFC, 4/7/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 6, An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot and killed a US Marine at a base near the Syrian border. Another American Marine then wounded the Iraqi soldier. One US service member was killed by a roadside bomb near Beiji and another in action in Anbar province.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 6, Israeli President Moshe Katsav formally chose acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to form Israel's next government.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Japan said it would launch free trade talks with six Gulf kingdoms that provide three-quarters of its oil imports, during a visit by a Saudi crown prince aimed at expanding business ties.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, At least 28 people received medical attention after suspected pickpockets used pepper-spray to escape police at a Tokyo train station. Media reports said the suspects are believed to be members of a South Korean organized pickpocket gang which has preyed on Japan's train system.
    (AFP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, An attack in Laos killed 26 Hmong civilians, mainly unarmed women and children. In June the US called on communist-ruled Laos to investigate the murder of the Hmong civilians amid allegations that Lao military forces had killed the group.
    (AFP, 6/2/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Mexico hundreds of machete-wielding farmers opposed to a hydroelectric dam project briefly seized a pumping plant, cutting off much of the water supply to Acapulco just days before tourists flock to the Pacific resort for their Easter vacations.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Nepal police arrested 300 protesters in Katmandu, chasing them down narrow lanes and beating them with batons on the first day of a general strike to demand the king restore democracy. Maoist rebels said they had shot down an army helicopter for the first time, during clashes in which police reported five of their officers and three guerrillas killed.
    (AP, 4/6/06)(AFP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Palestinian PM Ismail Haniya said his Hamas-led government would study any Israeli offer for negotiations following an unprecedented peace overture to the UN.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Russian prosecutors said Vasily Aleksanian, an executive recently assigned to saving Yukos, Russia's former biggest oil producer, from bankruptcy was arrested on charges of embezzlement and money-laundering.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, It was reported that Russian health and sanitary officials had imposed a ban on Georgian and Moldovan wines effective May 1. Authorities said the wines contained pesticides and heavy metals. The ban was soon extended to brandy and sparkling wines.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Cheese and butter from the Danish company Arla were back on supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia after an Islamic group ended a boycott of the dairy producer sparked by Denmark's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 4/6/06)

2007        Apr 6, The US Department of Education said an official in its student financial aid office has been placed on paid leave while his stock ownership in a student loan company is being reviewed.
    (Reuters, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, Arizona authorities found at least 80 suspected illegal immigrants in a house west of Phoenix and arrested two suspected smugglers.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 6, In Florida US District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that Luis Posada Carriles could be released on $250,000 bond. He is being held at the Otero County jail in New Mexico on charges he lied to immigration authorities in a bid to become a naturalized citizen. Posada, a former CIA operative, is wanted in Cuba in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people, a charge Posada denies. Castro has repeatedly accused the US government of protecting Posada.
    (AP, 4/11/07)
2007        Apr 6, In San Francisco Umar Hudson stabbed his girlfriend, Jernell Scott, to death in front of her home on Ellsworth Street after she reported his sexual abuse of her two daughters, aged 9 & 13. In 2012 Hudson (35) was sentenced to 205 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.C6)
2007        Apr 6, Supernova SN2007bi was first observed in a nearby dwarf galaxy. It burned steadily for months. In 2009 scientists reported that the explosion was probably that of a super massive star, at least two hundred times the mass of the Sun.
2007        Apr 6, in Afghanistan a suicide car bomber hit a police checkpoint in Kabul, killing four people, including a policeman who tried to stop him. Taliban rebels seized control of Khak Afghan district in southern Zabul province.
    (AP, 4/6/07)(AFP, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, A Royal Navy lieutenant who was among the captives held by Iran said British sailors and marines held for nearly two weeks were blindfolded, bound and threatened with prison if they did not say they strayed into Iranian waters.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, Health officials said teenage girls in Cambodia and Indonesia have died of bird flu as the virus continues to stalk across Asia.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, China published new rules governing human organ transplants in its latest effort to clean up a business critics say has little regard for medical ethics. These included consent from the deceased owner’s family.
    (AP, 4/7/07)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.48)
2007        Apr 6, The Greek cruise ship Sea Diamond, which had struck a volcanic reef and forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists sank, 15 hours after it began taking on water off the coast of Santarini Island. Navy divers searched around the sunken wreckage for a Frenchman and his daughter, the only two passengers still missing.
    (AP, 4/6/07)(SFC, 4/6/07, p.A2)
2007        Apr 6, Iraq’s government it has ordered that senior officers of Saddam Hussein's military receive pensions and requested that lower-ranking soldiers serve again as part of a sectarian reconciliation plan. The decision was made last month. A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with TNT and toxic chlorine gas crashed into a police checkpoint in western Ramadi, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens. American troops swept into the troubled, predominantly Shiite city of Diwaniyah before dawn, killing three militia fighters and capturing 27 in the first day of an assault, named "Operation Black Eagle." In Baghdad, two American soldiers were killed and seven were wounded by two separate roadside bombs.
    (AP, 4/6/07)(AP, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 6, Amado Ramirez, the Acapulco correspondent for Mexico's top television news network, was shot to death.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 6, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped two Turkish engineers from their car in Port Harcourt.
    (Reuters, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 6, Pakistani mullah Abdul Aziz said he had set up a Taliban-style Islamic court at his mosque in Islamabad and pledged "tens of thousands" of suicide attacks if the government tries to shut it down.
    (AFP, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, Pasteur Bizimungu, Rwanda's first post-genocide leader, walked free from prison after a surprise presidential pardon of his convictions that included inciting ethnic tension.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, In Saudi Arabia Waleed bin Mutlaq al-Radadi, among the kingdom's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a gunbattle with Saudi forces. Al-Radadi was implicated in the Feb 26 killing of 4 French nationals.
    (AP, 4/18/07)
2007        Apr 6, Somali pirates freed two hijacked merchant ships, including one that had just delivered UN food aid when it was seized more than a month ago with 12 crew on board.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 6, A Chinese delegation arrived in Sudan's troubled Darfur region for a 4-day visit. They met officials and visited camps for the internally displaced.
    (AP, 4/8/07)
2007        Apr 6, UN climate experts issued their starkest warning yet about the impact of global warming, ranging from hunger in Africa to a fast thaw in the Himalayas, in a report that increased pressure on governments to act.
    (Reuters, 4/6/07)
2007        Apr 6, Human migrant traffickers forced some 300 African migrants to jump into the sea off Yemen causing at least 32 to die.
    (SFC, 4/7/07, p.A3)

2008        Apr 6, American evangelist John Hagee announced donations of $6 million to Israeli causes and said that Israel must remain in control of all of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Texas Erick Daniel Davila (21) opened fire at a child’s birthday party killing Annette Stevenson (48). Her granddaughter (5) died the next day. Davial was executed in 2018.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A4)(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2008        Apr 6, US and Afghan forces attacked a remote village in a mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan following reports that an infamous insurgent leader was in the area. At least 16 people were killed.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, Thousands of anti-China protesters draped in Tibetan flags disrupted the Olympic torch relay through London, billed as a journey of harmony and peace.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Merritt, British Columbia, a girl and two boys aged 10, 8 and 5, were found dead by their mother in her trailer home. Allan Schoenborn (40), their father, was arrested April 16 in connection with the murders after local residents discovered him hiding in rugged bush.
    (Reuters, 4/16/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Egypt thousands of demonstrators angry about rising prices and stagnant salaries torched buildings, looted shops and hurled bricks at police who responded with tear gas in a northern industrial town as part of a nationwide strike. Three people were killed and more than 150 injured over two days of unrest in Mahalla, the culmination of more than a year of strikes by workers at a giant state-run textile factory.
    (AP, 4/7/08)(AP, 4/4/09)
2008        Apr 6, Iraqi troops backed by US forces battled Shiite fighters in Baghdad's Sadr City in clashes that killed 20 people and wounded more than 50 despite a cease-fire between the government and the militia. 3 US service members were killed and dozens wounded in rocket attacks on the fortified Green Zone. 2 more US soldiers died in roadside bombings.
    (AP, 4/6/08)(AP, 4/7/08)(SFC, 4/7/08, p.A17)
2008        Apr 6, In Japan the Group of Eight (G8) rich nations vowed to step up cooperation with emerging donors such as China and India and said they remained committed to a goal to double their own aid to Africa by 2010.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In southern Mexico a truck carrying Central American migrants in a hidden compartment plunged into a reservoir, killing at least eight people. Most of the migrants were believed to be from Guatemala.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, Montenegrins voted in the tiny Balkan state's first presidential election since it split from Serbia two years ago. President Filip Vujanovic won re-election by a landslide, cementing Montenegro's westward economic and political course since breaking away from Serbia two years ago.
    (AP, 4/6/08)(AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Nigeria unidentified gunmen kidnapped an 11-year-old boy in Port Harcourt, wounding his mother and killing the family's police guard and their driver.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, A Palestinian boy (8) was killed by shrapnel in an explosion in the central Gaza Strip. The source of the shrapnel was not identified.
    (SFC, 4/7/08, p.A3)
2008        Apr 6, In Russia President George W. Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin ended their last face-to-face meeting as heads of state with warm words for each other but no solution to their row over missile defense.
    (Reuters, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Somalia 4 people were killed in Mogadishu in separate attacks overnight, as violence raged in the shattered east African nation.
    (AFP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, Angry Sudanese border guards killed one civilian and wounded three others in a market after opening fire indiscriminately in Darfur's political capital.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber assassinated Jeyaraj Fernandopulle (55), Sri Lanka's highways minister, as he opened a marathon in an attack that also killed 13 others and wounded 100.
    (AFP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Yemen a housing complex used by foreigners in the capital came under attack, with explosions shattering windows and prompting residents to evacuate with suitcases and boxes.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, Zimbabwe’s state Sunday Mail newspaper reported that President Robert Mugabe's ruling party demanded a vote recount and a further delay in the release of presidential election results, prompting outrage from the opposition party. Several foreigners, including New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, remained in custody after being charged with "illegally observing an election without official accreditation."
    (AP, 4/6/08)

2009        Apr 6, The US Federal Reserve said it will supply new lines of credit worth up to $287 billion to the central banks of Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and EU.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, Andrew Cuomo, NY state’s attorney general, filed a civil suit against J. Ezra Merkin, a New York philanthropic leader and former chairman of GMAC, on allegations that he betrayed hundreds of investors by repeatedly lying to them about how he invested their money. Merkin had funneled $2.4 billion from universities and nonprofit organizations into the firm of Bernard Madoff, now in jail for running a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme.
    (WSJ, 4/7/09, p.A1)
2009        Apr 6, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made an unannounced visit to northern Afghanistan to meet with her country's troops and view rebuilding efforts. She pressed President Karzai to review carefully a new law that critics say legalizes marital rape. In southern Afghanistan an insurgent rocket attack hit the Netherlands' main military base, killing one Dutch soldier and wounding 5 of his colleagues and 2 Afghan soldiers.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, In Australia a motorcycle gang leader surrendered to police and became the sixth biker charged in connection with a brawl that left a rival bleeding to death before shocked travelers at Australia's busiest airport.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, Bangladesh police detained Faisal Mustafa, the head of a British-based charity that funded an Islamic school in southern Bangladesh, where authorities on March 24 seized weapons and explosives.
    (AP, 4/6/09)(SFC, 4/7/09, p.A2)
2009        Apr 6, Belgium began World Court proceedings against Senegal in an effort to bring former Chad President Hissene Habre on trial for alleged widespread human rights abuses during his eight-year reign. A Chadian commission of inquiry has concluded that Habre's regime killed at least 3,780 political opponents, but added that the figure likely represents only 10 percent of his victims.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, China announced it will make improved health care services available to all its citizens by 2020, taking aim at a system long derided as creaking and inadequate.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, Egyptian police were out in force to deal with a nationwide protest called by pro-democracy groups, arresting Islamists and seeking to contain small demonstrations in the capital, Cairo.
    (AFP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, In India 2 bombs ripped through crowded markets in the restive northeast, killing at least seven people and wounding 60 others. A grenade attack left two police officers injured. Authorities suspected the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom was behind the attacks.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, An Indonesian military plane carrying 24 people crashed into an airport hangar during heavy rains and burst into flames, killing everyone on board.
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, In Iraq a series bombs rocked Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing 37 people and wounding more than 100 in a dramatic escalation of violence.
    (AP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/7/09)
2009        Apr 6, In central Italy a magnitude 6.3 earthquake knocked down whole blocks of buildings as residents slept, killing 309 people in L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, which was near the epicenter. It was the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades. Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured. 8 students were killed when their dorm collapsed in L'Aquila. Investigations into shoddy construction soon followed.
    (AFP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 10/19/09)(Econ, 10/27/12, p.80)
2009        Apr 6, Japan’s Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said PM Taro Aso has ordered a $100 billion stimulus plan to boost the national economy. PM Aso and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agreed to deepen ties in energy, investment and trade, with Japanese companies ready to participate in gas and crude production in the Latin American country.
    (WSJ, 4/7/09, p.A8)(AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, In Kenya justice minister Martha Karua resigned in protest of Pres. Kibaki’s decision to appoint judges without consulting her.
    (Econ, 4/25/09, p.53)
2009        Apr 6, Somali pirates seized the Taiwanese ship Win Far 161 with 29 crew onboard near an island in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. A 32,000-ton British-owned bulk carrier, the Malaspina Castle, was also hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates soon began using the Win Far as a base for attacking other commercial ships. Win Far 161 was released on Feb 11, 2010, following the payment of a ransom. Three of its crew died of malnutrition and disease during their 10 month captivity.
    (AP, 4/6/09)(AP, 8/27/09)(AP, 2/11/10)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.70)
2009        Apr 6, In South Africa prosecutors dropped corruption charges against Jacob Zuma, saying the case had been manipulated for political reasons and clearing the way for him to become the next president without the looming threat of a trial. 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion against Zuma were dropped shortly before he came to power.
    (Reuters, 4/6/09)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.50)
2009        Apr 6, In Turkey Pres. Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared that the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam."
    (AP, 4/6/09)
2009        Apr 6, In Zambia western nations and lending agencies meeting in Lusaka agreed a financing package of more than $1 billion to improve infrastructure in southern and central Africa at an investment conference meant to expand transport links and trade. Britain said it would separately provide 100 million pounds ($149.2 million) to transform the region's infrastructure to increase trade and mitigate the effects of the global financial crisis. New projects will link businesses in 8 African countries: Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
    (AP, 4/6/09)

2010        Apr 6, Louisiana authorities said a pipeline has spilled some 18,000 gallons of crude oil into a canal in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans.
    (SFC, 4/7/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 6, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed April to be Confederate History Month with no mention of slavery. The next day he conceded that this was a major omission and amended the document to acknowledge the state’s complicated past.
    (SFC, 4/8/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 6, Wilma Mankiller (64), the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, died.
    (Econ, 4/24/10, p.84)
2010        Apr 6, In western Afghanistan 27 insurgents were killed in ground fighting and airstrikes in Badghis province, in what appeared to be a major blow to Taliban influence in the region.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Australia announced its fifth rate hike since October and said borrowing costs would continue to rise as growth and inflation return to normal after the global crisis.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Brazil 14 straight hours of rain swamped Rio de Janeiro and killed at least eight people in the city. 3 more died in Rio de Janeiro state. 5 were also are missing in a mudslide. The death toll eventually reached 246.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 6, PM Gordon Brown announced that Britain will hold a national election on May 6. The bitterly contested race will be dominated by a recession-wracked economy and a sense that 13 years of Labour rule may be coming to an end.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, The Canadian dollar rose to one-for-one footing with the US currency, hitting its strongest level since July 2008, boosted by rising commodity prices and expectations for higher domestic interest rates.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, A group of Canadian researchers released a report saying a cyber-espionage group based in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defense Ministry and emails from the Dalai Lama's office.
    (Reuters, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, China said it had executed a Japanese man for drug smuggling, the first execution of a Japanese citizen since the countries established relations in 1972. Mitsunobu Akano (65) was convicted in 2008 of attempting to smuggle 2.5 kg (4.8 pounds) of drugs from China to Japan in 2006. He was executed in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In central Colombia Hector Jose Buitrago (71), a veteran paramilitary leader and reputed founder of a bloody right-wing militia faction, was arrested after more than a decade on the lam.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Ecuador 20 columnists and contributors to the state newspaper El Telegrafo said they will no longer write for the paper because of alleged censorship.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Egyptian police beat and dragged off protesters to disperse a gathering of a few dozen in downtown Cairo calling for constitutional reforms and fairer presidential elections. The next day Egypt's prosecutor general ordered the release of all the protesters arrested during the demonstration.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 6, An African Union conference on maritime security opened in Ethiopia. Somali Deputy PM Abdulrahman Adan Ibrahim Ibbi called for outside help to clear toxic waste dumped illegally on his country's vast coastline, arguing that the fight against dumping goes hand in hand with the fight against piracy.
    (AFP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, Moody's Investor Service downgraded Iceland's debt ratings outlook to negative from stable over concerns about the tiny island nation's ability to tap the foreign credit it needs to stay afloat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In eastern India Maoist rebels launched a series of devastating attacks on government forces patrolling the forests of Chattisgarh state, killing 76 armed policemen in the deadliest strike against the state in the 43-year insurgency.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)
2010        Apr 6, In Iraq at least five bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad and another struck a market, killing some 50 people and wounding more than 160. Officials blamed al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents for the violence.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AFP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 6, Israel began distributing millions of protection kits against biochemical warfare, Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai announced, stressing the campaign was not linked to any imminent threat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Kyrgyzstan hundreds of protesters angry over rising heat and power prices seized a government building in Talas, took a governor hostage and clashed with troops after trying to seize a regional governor.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.43)
2010        Apr 6, In Mexico suspected cartel gunmen wounded two soldiers in an unprecedented grenade attack on army housing in the Gulf coast city of Tampico. 7 prison guards were reported arrested for alleged complicity in the April 2 jailbreak in Reynosa. In Guerrero state police found the bodies of two men who were shot to death and had their hands and feet bound with tape. The bodies of 12 murder victims, 8 of them partially burned, were found outside the town of Xalisco, Nayarit state. In Nuevo Leon state gunmen kidnapped Oliver Garcia, police chief of the town of Los Aldamas, from his home and the two officers from police headquarters.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan installed his new cabinet, appointing senior Goldman Sachs executive Olusegun Aganga as his new finance minister. Jonathan also named former mines minister Deziani Allison-Madueke and Godsday Orubebe as the new oil and Niger Delta ministers. Police said that religious massacres have stopped, but "secret" killings of Christians and Muslims continue on a smaller scale across central Nigeria, claiming more than 30 lives this year.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Pakistani police killed two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in the Mittani area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 4/6/10) 
2010        Apr 6, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said the new US-Russian arms control treaty is a much better deal for Russia than its predecessor, but Moscow reserves the right to withdraw from it if a planned US missile defense system grows into a threat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Somali pirates aboard the Faize Osamani tried to attack the MV Rising Sun. A hostage onboard the hijacked Indian cargo dhow drowned after the ship was used to attack another vessel and navies intervened. A warship from Oman arrived and 9 hostages jumped overboard to try to swim away from the pirates. One drowned and the other 8 were rescued. The US destroyer USS McFaul arrived on the scene after the Omani forces and helped persuade the ten pirates to surrender, which they did after throwing their weapons overboard.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Thailand tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters took over sections of Bangkok, pelting police with eggs and dancing in the streets as they pushed through barricades to press the prime minister to call new elections.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized as "unacceptable" Uzbekistan's placing of land mines along parts of its border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that have not been delineated.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said that eight Colombians have been arrested as suspected spies and charged that several carried identification indicating they are members of neighboring Colombia's military. He said the suspects, who were detained more than a week ago, had computers and satellite telephones and were using cameras to take photographs of Venezuela's power plants.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2011        Apr 6, In Alabama a parking lot shooting in Opelika left one woman dead. The estranged wife of Thomas Franklin May (34) and another woman were wounded. It was all related to a domestic problem and was preplanned. The next day May was arrested after he walked up to journalists and said he was the man authorities were after.
    (AP, 4/7/11)
2011        Apr 6, Virgin America Flight VX2001 became the first to land at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Terminal 2. The 1954 structure had just undergone a $383 million upgrade.
    (SFC, 4/7/11, p.A1)
2011        Apr 6, Dish Network Corp., based in Englewood, Colo., said that it won the auction for Blockbuster Inc. with a bid valued at $228 million in cash. The Dallas movie-rental chain had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. Dish's bid was for $320 million, but the value decreased to $228 million after adjusting for available cash and inventory.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, The Australian military was hit by another scandal after a young army recruit allegedly filmed himself having sex with a female cadet and broadcast it via Skype to his friends.
    (AFP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In Egypt authorities arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman, the former housing minister (1993-2006), on suspicion he was involved in the illegal sale of state lands for cut-rate prices. Suleiman's successor, Ahmed Maghrabi, was also being investigated.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, France’s top court refused to allow citizenship for 10-year-old twin girls born to a surrogate mother in California, affirming France’s legal ban on surrogacy.
    (SFC, 4/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Apr 6, The German government said it is providing an extra euro14 million ($19.9 million) in funding for child immunization in the developing world as part of an agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Israeli aircraft attacked two targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding four people, among them a pregnant woman. A group of prominent Israelis, many of them former defense chiefs, launched a new peace plan calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
    (AFP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Ivory Coast forces loyal to presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara launched a heavy attack on the bunker where Laurent Gbagbo was defying efforts to force him to cede power.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In Japan workers halted a leak of highly radioactive water into the ocean that had raised concerns about the safety of seafood. Officials did not rule out the chance of contaminated water still leaking into the sea from other points. Engineers prepared to inject nitrogen into containment vessels around the cores to deter any hydrogen explosions.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Libyan deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim said in Tripoli that Moamer Kadhafi's regime will talk with the rebels about reforms provided they lay down their arms. France pledged to open a sea corridor to the besieged city of Misrata. Rebels regained ground in a new advance on an oil port but accused NATO of inaction hindering their quest to oust Gaddafi.
    (AFP, 4/6/11)(Reuters, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 20 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily. 53 survivors were plucked from the sea and 150 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 4/6/11)(AFP, 4/7/11)
2011        Apr 6, Mexico’s Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna said drug cartels are increasingly recruiting common criminals and quickly converting them into killers.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, The United Nations said 62 people have been killed and thousands forced from their homes since the start of the year by flooding in northern Namibia. More rains in northern Namibia were forecast for the coming days.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In Nigeria 3 motorcycle-mounted gunmen, members of Boko Haram, killed two passers-by in Maiduguri. One of the suspects was shot dead after a police chase. A senior immigration official said Nigeria has deported 87 Niger nationals over fears they could be involved in election rigging during this month's rescheduled polls.
    (AP, 4/6/11)(AFP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers in southwestern Baluchistan province as they traveled to Afghanistan. 4 boys were killed by an abandoned explosive device that went off in northwest Pakistan.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Human Rights Watch criticized Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for what it said was an increase in attacks on local journalists, including arbitrary detentions and abuse.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In the Philippines armed tribesmen under pressure from government troops abandoned 13 hostages they held six days to demand the release of jailed relatives, then escaped in the southern jungle.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Portugal applied to the EU for help after paying prohibitively high interest rates to raise badly needed fresh funds to cover mounting debt as the market bet it will have to seek a bailout sooner rather than later.
    (AFP, 4/6/11)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.81)
2011        Apr 6, Syria closed the country's only casino and reversed a decision that bans teachers from wearing the Islamic veil, moves seen an attempt to reach out to conservative Muslims ahead of calls for pro-democracy demonstrations.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Turkey launched a probe into allegations that the state agency which makes the university entrance exams had devised a code so that students deemed to be pro-government could score high points. Some 1.7 million students took the exam March 27, and those who pass will take another exam in June.
    (AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, In Yemen tens of thousands of protesters, defying a deadly government crackdown, poured into the streets of Taiz in ongoing protests against longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh. At least 24 people were killed over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 4/6/11)(AFP, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, Mike Campbell 978), white Zimbabwe farmer, died. In 2007 he Pres. Mugabe before the tribunal of the Southern African Development Community to protect his property and won his suit. In June, 2008, he was left brain damaged after thugs broke into his house and severely beat him. 
    (Econ, 4/23/11, p.91)

2012        Apr 6, A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed into the courtyard of a Virginia Beach apartment complex after taking off from US Naval Air Station Oceana. The two pilots ejected safely before impact. There were no deaths in the crash.
    (AP, 4/6/12)(SSFC, 4/8/12, p.A13)
2012        Apr 6, California artist Thomas Kinkade (54) died. His brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches were big sellers for dealers across the country.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Indiana Richard Leon Finkbinder (39) was arrested and charged with coercing 2 teenage boys into performing online sex acts for him by threatening to post on gay porn sites videos he secretly made of them.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A12)
2012        Apr 6, The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Terrafugia, Inc., made its auto show debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The Massachusetts firm priced the commercial flying car at $279,000.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, TQp.3)(
2012        Apr 6, In Oklahoma a series of early-morning shootings left three people killed and two others critically wounded within a three-mile span of north Tulsa. On April 8 police arrested two white men, Jake England (19) and Alvin Watts (32) in connection with the shootings. Both men soon confessed to the shootings. On April 13 they were charged with first degree murder.
    (AP, 4/7/12)(AP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/14/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 6, Four Afghan policemen were killed in 3 separate incidents in Helmand province. A fuel tanker overturned and caught fire, killing 7 people. A suicide bomber assassinated the head of the peace council in Kunar province. His son died in a hospital where he and the bodyguard were treated for their injuries. A NATO service member died following an insurgent attack in the east. A member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an al-Qaida-linked group who helped finance attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, was captured in Faryab province.
    (AP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Azerbaijan said members of a suspected terrorist group have been arrested. One security officer was shot and killed and three others were wounded in a skirmish during the arrests, and one suspect was also killed. Officials later said the group had links to al-Qaida and some trained in neighboring Iran.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Bahrain thousands of protesters chanted slogans in support of a jailed human rights activist whose nearly two-month hunger strike has become a powerful rallying point for the tiny nation's Shiite-led uprising against the Sunni monarchy. Zainab al-Khawaja was moved to prison after being detained during widespread protests for her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose declining health has brought international appeals for intervention.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, China’s Xinhua News Agency said authorities have indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and an iPad.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Two Chinese political websites, Mao Flag and Utopia, said they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticizing state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi (76), a key figure in the pro-democracy movement behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, died in the United States.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, A Chinese cargo ship was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman, not far off the south of Iran. The Xianghuamen, owned by Yuanyang shipping company, was sailing with a crew of 28. Iran’s navy rescued the 28 crew members and detained 9 Somali pirates.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Colombia six government soldiers were killed in an attack that it blamed on the country's main rebel movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Return fire by troops killed three guerrillas and wounded two.
    (AP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Cuba Good Friday was an official holiday for the first time in a half century, but few Roman Catholics on the island seemed to be using the day off to attend Mass. The Communist government declared the holiday to honor a request that Pope Benedict XVI made during last week's visit.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Guatemalan authorities said they have begun to see new and disturbing evidence of an alliance between the Mara Salvatrucha street gangs and Zetas, the Mexican paramilitary drug cartel.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Indian police said a French school teacher (25-30) has been found murdered in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers in the heart of the capital. New Delhi is widely perceived as an unsafe city for women. Among the 35 biggest cities in the country, it had the largest numbers of crime cases against women. A suspect was arrested on April 8.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 6, The Israeli army closed the West Bank border for the first two days of the Passover holiday, which began today at sundown.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Mali's Tuareg rebels declared independence in the north, a move shot down by Islamist insurgents and the international community. The Islamist group, Ansar Dine under Iyad ag Ghali, moved in alongside the MNLA but has given short shrift to their independence plans. The military junta agreed to give up power under a deal with West African bloc ECOWAS in return for amnesty and a lifting of sanctions. The new interim president would be Dioncounda Traore, the parliament speaker.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/7/12)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.52)
2012        Apr 6, In southeastern Niger 4 Chinese passengers and two French pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed in an oil field. A Chinese company has been producing oil in the desert region since 2011.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Pakistan thousands of Islamist activists hit the streets, demanding holy war and torching US flags to condemn a $10 million bounty slapped on Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, In the Philippines thousands of people gathered in villages to watch devotees being nailed to crosses as they marked Good Friday by re-enacting Jesus Christ's suffering, a yearly rite that continues even as church leaders discourage the practice.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, A Russian-Ukrainian crew of 8 on board the 29-meter Scorpius yacht, that set sail in September on an historic expedition around the South and North Poles, went missing in the Antarctic.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Syrian troops conducted raids in the suburbs of Saqba and Douma following overnight clashes with army defectors in Saqba and the nearby suburb of Arbeen, where 3 members of the military were reported killed. A cease-fire was expected to begin April 12. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in towns across Syria, calling for the ouster of the Assad regime.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Yemen’s Pres. Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi fired 4 governors and over a dozen military generals, loyalists to the old regime. Two suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombers died when their payload exploded short of their intended target in Aden.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.A2)

2013        Apr 6, Florida state officials said an annual toxic red algae bloom has killed 241 of the state’s roughly 5,000 endangered manatees.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)
2013        Apr 6, In Nevada the body of William McCune (62), the state’s chief insurance inspector, was found in the Carson River in Carson City. McCune was reported missing on April 4. Four suspects, believed to have stolen property, were arrested in the case.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 6, In southern Afghanistan 3 US service members, 2 US civilians and a doctor were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy in Zabul province. Anne Smedinghoff (25) became the first US diplomat to die in Afghanistan. Another American civilian was killed in a 2-day Afghan-led military operation in Kunar province that left as many as 11 suspected Taliban militants dead including Taliban commander Ali Khan. A related US airstrike killed also killed 17 Afghan civilians, including 12 children. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the US military's top officer, began a weekend visit.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(AP, 4/7/13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)(AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 6, Al-Qaida's leader Ayman Al-Zawahri urged Muslims in Arab Spring countries to unite to institute an Islamic state. His  103-minute audio message was posted on militant websites.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 6, In Bangladesh hundreds of thousands of members of Hefajat-e-Islam, a hard-line Muslim group, rallied in Dhaka with 13 demands including the introduction of antiblasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013        Apr 6, Central African Republic's self-appointed leader, Michel Djotodia, said he's created a new council that now will choose a president to lead the country until elections can be held.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Chinese officials in Shanghai reported two more cases of H7N9 bird flu, raising the number of cases in eastern China to 18, including 6 deaths. It was later reported that 27 days elapsed between the first death from H7N9 and its public announcement.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.47)
2013        Apr 6, In Egypt Clashes between Egyptian Muslims and Christians erupted in Shubra el-Kheima, a suburb north of Cairo, leaving at least five people dead. Attackers doused Saber Helal (26), a Copticf Christian, with gasoline and set him on fire. Helal died of hiw wounds on April 11. Police said the clashes started when young Muslims drew inflammatory symbols on an Islamic institute and a local mosque. Residents had different accounts of what sparked the violence.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 6, A Cairo court dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that Bassem Youssef's "ElBernameg," or "The Program,"  TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Tokyo Electric Power said almost 32,000 gallons of radioactive water has leaked from a large underground storage pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Tepco said emptying the pool could take 5 days and another 12,000 gallons could leak.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 6, In Kazakhstan Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement on an approach to reducing fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons. The EU's foreign policy chief declared that the two sides "remain far apart on substance."
    (AP, 4/6/13)   
2013        Apr 6, Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman asked Tammam Salam (68) to form a new Cabinet. The Beirut legislator and former culture minister was chosen for the job by 124 members of the 128-seat parliament.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, In Iraq a suicide bomber killed 20 people and wounded dozens at a political rally for a Sunni candidate in Baqouba.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, An Iraqi Shiite militant group, the Hezbollah Brigades, said one of its members, Arfad Mohsen al-Hemedawi, was killed in Syria.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, In central Nigeria at least 11 people were killed in ongoing fighting between Christian and Muslim villagers in the region.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 6, North Korea’s Kaesong industrial complex, the last vestige of cooperation with the South, moved closer to paralysis as nearly 100 South Korean workers went home across a border that Pyongyang has closed in the return direction.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, The influential Serbian Orthodox Church appealed against a deal with Kosovo Albanians that would pave the way for Serbia's European Union membership.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Sweden-based Ikea said it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. The product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, A Syrian government airstrike on a heavily contested neighborhood in the city of Aleppo killed at least 15 people, including 9 children. Government troops clashed with rebels in the town of Otaybah. In Damascus several mortar rounds hit areas near the Tishrin football stadium, killing one person and wounding at least 13.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Italian journalist Domencio Quirico (62), an experienced war reporter, entered Syria from Lebanon, and was heading to the Homs area when he went missing. Quirico and Belgian national Pierre Piccinin, a historian and teacher also kidnapped in April, were released in September.
    (AP, 6/27/13)(AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Apr 6, Pope Francis named a Spanish Franciscan to be the No. 2 at the Vatican's office for religious orders, his first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy. Jose Rodriguez (60), who also was elevated to archbishop, replaced US Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who was transferred from the high-ranking Vatican post to a Midwestern US archdiocese following his efforts to mediate tensions between the Vatican and American nuns.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2014        Apr 6, Mickey Rooney (b.1920), American stage and screen star, died in southern California.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 6, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in Kunduz province.
    (Reuters, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield picked up two separate signals late last night and early today in seas far off the west Australian coast. Confirmation that the signals belong to Malaysia’s Flight 370's black boxes could take days.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, Officials in the Bahamas said the charred corpses of 3 men and one women were found under burning tires on the uninhabited Anguilla Cay. Investigators said the people may have been Haitian migrants.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, In London three women from the United Arab Emirates were in hospital after being savagely attacked in their room at the four-star Cumberland Hotel by a man wielding a hammer. On April 8 officers arrested three men aged 56, 34 and 32 on suspicion of attempted murder following raids at addresses in north London. A woman (31) was also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
    (AFP, 4/7/14)(AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Chile a fire tore through a nursing home in Paillaco killing 9 residents and their caretaker.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, Costa Rica held presidential elections. Historian and former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solis (55) faced no opposition in the run-off election.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In southern Egypt clashes between an Arab clan and a Nubian family resumed in Aswan, killing 2 people and wounding four. The bloody feud began after a fight last week between school students drew in adults.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, Hungary held elections. PM Viktor Orban's Fidesz party won the parliamentary elections by a wide margin, with a left-wing coalition and the far-right Jobbik party in second place. An official projection gave Orban's Fidesz party 133 of 199 parliament seats, guaranteeing it will form the next government.
    (AP, 4/6/14)(Reuters, 4/7/14)(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 6, In Iraq gunmen near Baghdad kidnapped and later shot to death 6 men, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed at least 15 people across the country.
    (AP, 4/6/14)(SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, Israeli warplanes attacked several sites in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 4/6/14) 
2014        Apr 6, Jordanian officials said bloody riots have erupted at the largest camp for Syrian refugees, leaving at least one refugee dead by gunshot and 31 people wounded.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, A key Libyan militia in the east agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer in its demand for a share in oil revenues.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Morocco thousands of workers, teachers and civil servants marched through downtown Casablanca to protest austerity plans put in place by the government to control runaway spending.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Syria at least 13 rebel fighters were killed in a vehicle explosion in Homs. At least 5 people including three children were reported killed in the Damascus suburb of Douma during shelling by government forces. 2 people were killed and eight wounded when mortar fire hit the grounds of the Damascus Opera House. Several rebels were killed while they were rigging a car with explosives in Homs.
    (Reuters, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents launched a wave of attacks in Yala that killed one person and wounded 24 others.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Ukraine about 50 pro-Russian protesters broke through police lines and stormed inside the main administration building in the eastern city of Donetsk. Pro-Russian activists seized government buildings in at least three cities.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/7/14)

2015        Apr 6, In Maryland Rodney Todd (36) was found dead with his 7 children in Princess Anne following carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator they were using after the power company cut off their heat. The family was last seen on March 28 and Delmarva Power was subpoenaed to document its role.
    (SFC, 4/7/15, p.A10)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A12)
2015        Apr 6, Afghan traders shut up their shops in Kabul and marched through the streets to protest tax hikes. Elsewhere roadside bombing targeting police killed at least 10 people. At least five people were reported killed in heavy flooding in the northern province of Baghlan.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, London's jewelry industry found that thieves had got away with a record haul of diamonds after a brazen heist in Hatton Garden netted an estimated £200 million worth (275 million euro, $300 million) of gems over the Easter weekend. On Jan 14, 2016, Carl Wood (58) of Cheshunt, William Lincoln (60) of Bethnal Green, were convicted of conspiracy to burgle. Hugh Doyle (52) of Enfield, was convicted of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property. Altogether six men between the ages of 49 and 77 were convicted of tunneling into the vault.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)(, 1/15/16, p.A2)(AP, 1/6/17)
2015        Apr 6, Canadian health authorities said two turkey farms in Ontario have been placed under quarantine after H5 bird flu was detected in one of them.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Croatian police seized more than 140 kg (308 pounds) of heroin on a border crossing with Serbia. A Turkish and a German citizen were arrested on the Bajakovo border crossing.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Dubai twenty-eight men and women were reported fined or jailed for attending an alcohol-fuelled sex party on a yacht.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Iran an attack by gunmen in the volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan killed 8 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Iran's official news agency reported that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has broken up a militant group linked to a "foreign intelligence" agency and killed its members. An attack by gunmen in the volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan killed 8 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 4/6/15)(AP, 4/7/15)   
2015        Apr 6, Iraqi forensic teams began excavating 11 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. A DNA database registered 1,686 cadets as missing.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 6, In Iraq US-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with eight air strikes and conducted five air strikes in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Jordan a training propeller airplane crashed during a routine flight, killing two pilots onboard.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Kashmir suspected rebels fatally shot three unarmed policemen in southern Amshipore village.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, The Kenyan air force said it has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at Kenya’s Garissa University last week.
    (Reuters, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Mali French special forces, in an operation that killed several jihadists, rescued Dutch train driver Sjaak Rijke, kidnapped in November, 2011, in Timbuktu by Al-Qaeda's north Africa arm.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In western Mexico as many as 15 state police were killed in the ambush at Soyatan, Jalisco state. The state has been plagued by the Jalisco New Generation (JNG), a violent drug cartel that crime experts now regard as one of the biggest threats to security in the country.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Russia talks began in Moscow on ending the war in Syria, but the absence of key opposition groups meant there was little hope of progress in resolving the conflict.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed around 10 soldiers in an ambush in the Masisi region of north Kivu province.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 6, Saudi Arabia beheaded Saleh al-Yami for drug trafficking, raising to 57 the number of executions it has carried out so far this year.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Syria Palestinian fighters clashed with Islamic State militants in the heavily contested Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus as a UN official described the situation in the embattled camp as "beyond inhumane" for some 18,000 residents.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In northwestern Syria Islamist fighters kidnapped some 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in Dana, Idlib province.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, A wooden migrant boat sank in the Aegean off the Turkish coast of Datca late today. The Turkish Coast Guard recovered 8 bodies, rescued nine people and three remained missing.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government's previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko's gesture as meaningless.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In southern Yemen fierce clashes raged between rebels and loyalists, leaving 114 dead in 24 hours. The Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid deliveries.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In southern Zambia 17 people were killed when a light truck they were in hit a shop before turning over in Mazabuka.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)

2016        Apr 6, The United States and its allies conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)
2016        Apr 6, Merle Haggard (b.1937), American country music star, died at his home in Redding, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/7/16, p.A1)
2016        Apr 6, Kansas and Oklahoma authorities said wildfires this week have burned through thousands of acres, scorched numerous structures and prompted hundreds of people to evacuate their homes ahead of the blazes.
    (Reuters, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, In northern Albania a military helicopter crashed at Shkodra Lake, killing two crew members and injuring the other.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, In Bangladesh Nazimuddin Samad, a student who expressed pro-atheist views online, was hacked to death as he walked with a friend in Dhaka. On April 8 Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, said that its members carried out the attack.
    (AP, 4/7/16)(AP, 4/9/16)
2016        Apr 6, In Benin businessman Patrice Talon (57) was sworn in as the country’s new president after winning last month's elections.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, Junior doctors in English hospitals went on strike again, withdrawing all but emergency care in their fourth walk-out in a bitter dispute with the government over working conditions.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping launched another ideological campaign named “Two Studies, One Action," aimed to strengthen the Marxist stance of Communist Party members and keep them in line with party leadership.
    (Econ, 4/23/16, p.35)
2016        Apr 6, Egypt-based Nilesat satellite operator cut transmission of Hezbollah's television channel Al-Manar amid rising tensions between the Lebanese Shiite group's backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, A Paris court convicted Jean-Marie Le Pen (87), founder and former head of France's far-right National Front party, of denying crimes against humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a "detail" of World War II history.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, France's lower house of parliament held a final vote on a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers would face fines and be required to attend classes on the harms of prostitution.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, French economics minister Emmanuel Macron and Benjamin Griveaux co-founded the En Marche! (On the Move!) political movement. Following Macron’s election in 2017 the party was renamed “La Republique en Marche" (LRM).
    (!)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.41)(Econ 5/13/17, p.14, 44)
2016        Apr 6, Italy's coast guard rescued more than 300 migrants from a packed boat in which they had traveled hundreds of km (miles) from Egypt to the Strait of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)
2016        Apr 6, It was reported that Chinese author Cao Wenxuan and German illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner have been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for children's literature during the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, A Japanese military jet carrying six airmen disappeared from radar over southern Japan.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, Libya's UN-backed unity government moved to cement control over the country's finances and institutions after the rival administration in Tripoli ceded power in a boost to efforts to end years of chaos.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, Dutch voters went to the polls and rejected a key EU pact with Ukraine in a referendum triggered by grassroots eurosceptic groups and seen as a yardstick on ties with Brussels.
    (AFP, 4/6/16)(Reuters, 4/7/16)
2016        Apr 6, Puerto Rico's House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow the US territory's governor to declare a fiscal emergency and implement a debt moratorium to prevent a shutdown of basic government services.
    (AP, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, South Africa's First National Bank (FNB) said it has has closed the accounts of a company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, the latest example of companies cutting ties with the Guptas following allegations over their relationship with Pres. Jacob Zuma.
    (Reuters, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, In Sudan an anti-terrorism court in Khartoum sentenced 22 South Sudanese nationals to death and three others to life in prison for belonging to a militant group in Darfur. The defendants belong to the Justice and Equality Movement, a rebel group based in Darfur that took up arms against the Sudanese government in 2003, complaining that their region was being marginalized.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)
2016        Apr 6, In honor of the 250th anniversary of Sweden’s abolishment of censorship, the country’s Swedish Tourist Association debuted its newest marketing strategy: 1-800-CALL-A-SWEDE. Interested people worldwide can, however, call 46-771-793-336 to speak to a random Swedish volunteer about anything and everything.
    (CSM, 4/10/16)
2016        Apr 6, Swiss police raided the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA in Nyon to gather information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers.
    (Reuters, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, The Syrian army and its allies launched a major attack on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault in the area since an agreement to ease the fighting came into effect in February. Islamic State fighters launched attacks on government-held areas near Damascus overnight.
    (Reuters, 4/6/16)
2016        Apr 6, It was reported that the Panama Papers revealed that Syria’s regime has avoided int’l. sanctions and funded its war effort through three shadowy companies in the Seychelles.
    (SSFC, 4/10/16, p.A7)
2016        Apr 6, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro decreed that all Fridays for the next two months will be holidays for state workers, in a bid to save energy in the blackout-hit OPEC country.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A2)

2017        Apr 6, Pres. Trump announced a missile barrage late today on an air base in Syria in retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. US officials informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes.
    (AP, 4/7/17)(Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged cooperation with the United States on trade and investment, inviting President Donald Trump to visit China in a cordial start to their first meeting likely to broach sensitive security and commercial issues.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Republicans in the US Senate changed Senate rules to overcome a Democrat filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. This allowed confirmation for Gorsuch to proceed on a simple majority vote.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 6, US Rep. and House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recused himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian influence in last November’s elections.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.A10)
2017        Apr 6, The 23andMe genetics testing company said it has received FDA approval to sell tests that indicate people’s risk of developing 10 diseases including Alzheimer’s, celiac and some blood clotting disorders.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.C1)
2017        Apr 6, Don Rickles (b.1926), American comedian, died at his home in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 6, Protesters in Argentina clashed with police during marches over government austerity measures as labor unions challenged President Mauricio Macri in the first general strike since he took office 16 months ago.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The former head of Brazilian aquatics confederation was arrested in a fraud probe that allegedly involved sports officials embezzling public funds. Federal police arrested five people for the alleged embezzlement of up to 40 million reais ($13 million) in public funds to benefit the country's water sports association.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Brazilian prosecutors said a federal court has suspended the operating license of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on environmental grounds. They said operators must complete basic sanitation works in the city of Altamira before filling the dam's reservoir.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, A real estate agent said China's Peking University is buying a 19th-century manor house near Oxford in southern England to use as a campus in a multimillion-dollar deal. Foxcombe Hall is to become a branch of Peking University's HSBC Business School.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Croatia's parliament adopted an emergency law to protect the economy from large company failures after the country's biggest private-owned firm accumulated huge debts. Following the collapse of Agrokor, a food and retail chain, Founder Ivica Todoric put everything he had into the hands of the government.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Econ, 8/12/17, p.40)
2017        Apr 6, The European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The European Union expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles. The new sanctions are aimed at the country's metalworking, aerospace and arms-related industries, and services in computing, mining, chemicals and refining.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, European lawmakers voted 521 to 75 to grant Ukrainians holding biometric passports the right to visit for up to 90 days for tourism, business or visiting relatives and friends.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar Assad's government amid growing international outrage over the April 4 assault that activists say killed 86 people.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, French Bishop Herve Gaschignard (57) resigned at the behest of the Vatican over "inappropriate behavior" towards youths, just weeks after complaints came to the attention of his diocese.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Gambians voted in the first election since longtime leader Yahya Jammeh left power, with opposition parties set to gain seats after being left in the cold for years during what was tantamount to one-party rule. Pres. Adama Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP) won 31 of the 53 available elected seats in the country's National Assembly. Jammeh's Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) shrank from 43 elected seats to five.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)(AFP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Hungary said it will cooperate with Iran on setting up a small nuclear reactor for scientific-educational purposes.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In northeastern India the Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh state, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The Islamic State group shot down an Iraqi helicopter operating over Mosul. Two pilots were killed. Security forces announced they recaptured another neighborhood in their nearly six-month-old offensive against the jihadist stronghold.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with the Libyan coastguard off western Libya.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported that as many as 100 Dutch citizens of Turkish descent are being prevented from leaving Turkey. NOS said those affected, many of whom had been to Turkey on holiday or to see their families, had all been publicly critical of President Tayyip Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Retired Pakistani Lt. Col. Mohammad Habib went missing after arriving in Nepal. Pakistani officials later said he was seized by Indian intelligence and that the abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage who was sentenced to death on April 10.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 6, A Palestinian man carried out a car-ramming next to a bus stop near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding another.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Gaza's Hamas rulers hanged three Palestinian men they convicted of collaborating with Israel, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one of their commanders last month.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the occupation of uninhabited islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea, asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Russian security agents arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the St. Petersburg subway on April 3 and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where the suspects lived.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In Russia the National Guard in the city of Astrakhan found suspects, who had killed two traffic police on April 4. They refused to surrender and fired back at officers. In the ensuing gunbattle, all four gunmen were killed and three National Guard officers were wounded.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed replaced his security chiefs and called on al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents to surrender within 60 days in return for education and jobs.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In South Africa three cabinet ministers removed by President Jacob Zuma in a reshuffle last week quit as lawmakers of his African National Congress party ahead of a vote of no-confidence in the president which the ANC has vowed to defeat.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a military-backed constitution into law, an essential step toward an election the junta has promised will restore democracy after the 12th successful coup in little over 80 years.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Turkey said that autopsies of Syrian victims from the April 4 assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons. Russia's Defense Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory on the town's eastern outskirts.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Seven protests against Venezuela's socialist government were held in Caracas, one for each of the Supreme Court judges who passed a ruling last week taking control of the country's opposition-led congress in what demonstrators said was a lurch toward dictatorship. Jairo Ortiz (19) was shot and killed in a Caracas suburb by security forces that were breaking up a protest there.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/7/17)

2018        Apr 6, The United States imposed sanctions against 24 Russian businessmen, companies and government officials, in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for a range of activities, including alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and other "malign activity".
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, The US states of Texas and Arizona announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, In San Francisco ten men were indicted on racketeering, assault, firearms, murder and other charges for hunting down and killing rival members between 2006 and 2013. They were all members of the 19th Street Surenos and the 16th Street Surenos, violent offshoots of the Mexican Mafia prison gang that has battled its rival Nortenos in the city's Mission District.
    (SFC, 4/7/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 6, In Alameda, Ca., Cindy Le, the owner of two East Bay restaurants, died after her head was slammed against the pavement during an attempted purse-snatching outside her Pho Anh Dao restaurant. Murder charges were later filed against Donte Holloway (39) and Paul Prudencio Paez (38).
    (SFC, 8/24/18, p.D1)
2018        Apr 6, In Hawaii former Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka (b.1924) died in Honolulu. He had represented Hawaii for 36 years in Congress (1976-2012).
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.C11)
2018        Apr 6, Two US soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Campbell, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 6, In northern Afghanistan a US airstrike killed Qari Hikmatullah, a senior Islamic State commander. The former leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was killed in the northern Faryab province along with a bodyguard.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Bosnia the landmark Sarajevo cable car, opened in 1959 and destroyed early in Bosnia's 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebevic above the capital.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, A British health official said ex-spy Sergei Skripal is improving rapidly and is no longer in critical condition, a month after he and his daughter were poisoned with a rare nerve agent that triggered a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, London police called an emergency meeting of community leaders after six stabbings in a matter of hours, as they tried to stem a wave of knife crime that threatens to dominate the city's politics ahead of local elections in May.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Canada fourteen people were killed when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, China's government vowed to "counterattack with great strength" if President Donald Trump goes ahead with plans to raise US tariffs on an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods and said negotiations were impossible under current conditions.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, China called on the EU to take a joint stand against US protectionism as Trump warned that he could slap another $100 billion (86 billion euros) of extra tariffs on China's imports.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, The European Union said that Facebook has told it that up to 2.7 million people in the 28-nation bloc may have been victim of improper data sharing involving political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In France international donors pledged billions of dollars in aid and loans for Lebanon at a conference in Paris, hoping to stave off an economic crisis in a country hard hit by the fallout from the Syrian war. Saudi Arabia said it will grant the country a $1-billion (800 million-euro) development loan.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Germany former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a prison after posting 75,000 euros ($92,000) bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his region's future.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, An Indonesian fishing boat rescued a group of five Muslim Rohingya found in weak condition off westernmost Aceh province after a 20-day voyage that killed five other people.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Indonesia's navy seized a fishing boat carrying 20 crewmembers, including 14 Indonesians believed to be trafficking victims who were forced to work for years without pay. The boat was carrying six Russians, including the captain, and 14 Indonesians.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, Malaysia's scandal-tainted PM Najib Razak announced that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Mali's army killed 14 jihadist suspects, arrested a day earlier in Dioura, who were trying to escape detention in its central region. The suspects were later said to be Fulani civilians. A UN peacekeeper from Niger was killed when two armed men in the northern city of Gao opened fire on his vehicle.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, Pakistan's PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Afghanistan for a day-long visit many see as an effort to ease strained relations between the two neighbors and revive a push for peace talks with the Taliban.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Pakistan hundreds rallied across the country to denounce the recent killing of 18 people by Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others raising the death toll to 31 since clashes began on March 30.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(AP, 4/6/18)(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 6, A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years and fined her 18 billion won ($16.9 million) after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion in a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Spain's Civil Guard said it has brought down a criminal network making lucrative profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia, a burgeoning illicit traffic that is worrying both law enforcement agencies and scientists. Europol coordinated the operation involving Spanish and Portuguese investigators.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Meeting in Sudan the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia failed to reach an agreement in the lingering dispute over Ethiopia's massive dam on the Blue Nile. The Renaissance Dam is now 63 percent finished.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Syria warplanes, believed to be Russian, struck the rebel-held town of Douma in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, shattering days of calm as mediated talks between the sides appeared to have collapsed. Opposition activists reported 40 people were killed in Douma. State media said four were killed in government-held Damascus.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(AFP, 4/6/18)(AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said a second senior police official, Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh (62), accused of involvement in an illicit online gambling ring, has been arrested amid a sweeping crackdown on graft.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, It was reported that a spate of deadly drive-by shootings has targeted Muslim clerics and preachers in Yemen's southern port city of Aden. Many of the slain clerics belonged to the Islah party, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a top ally of Pres. Mansour Hadi, self-exiled in Saudi Arabia. UAE-trained militiamen have engaged in deadly clashes with Hadi's forces.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 6, Dozens of Sudanese soldiers were reportedly killed by Huthi rebels in northern Yemen in an ambush. Sudan began deploying hundreds of soldiers in 2015 as part of an Arab coalition fighting on the side of the Yemeni government.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/12/18)

2019        Apr 6, In southern California CHP Officer steve Licon was killed by a driver as he was issuing a ticket for speeding. Michael Callahan (36) was arrested on suspicion of murder and drunken driving.
    (SFC, 4/8/19, p.A5)
2019        Apr 6, Ernest Hollings (b.1922), former South Carolina Democrat, died at his home in Isle of Palms. Hollings served 38 years in the US Senate and authored two books: "The Case Against Hunger: A Demand for a national Policy" (1970) and "Making Government Work" (2008 with Kirk Victor).
    (SFC, 4/8/19, p.C4)
2019        Apr 6, In Afghanistan insurgents killed seven policemen and three civilians in attacks across the country.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Bangladesh Jahan Rafi (18) told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni and asked to withdraw sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal by five people clad in burqas. When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight. Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone before she died.
    (AP, 4/19/19)
2019        Apr 6, Bosnia's capital city made Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen for a concert he performed while Sarajevo was under siege during the 1992-95 war. This came on Sarajevo Day, which marks the city's 1945 liberation during World War II and the start in 1992 of the Bosnian Serb siege that killed more than 11,000 people, including 1,600 children.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Brazil a ferry collided with a bridge pillar in Belem, Para state. Witnesses saw two cars fall into the Moju river. The accident caused the span's central roadway to plunge into the river, cutting access to one of the country's busiest ports.
    (SFC, 4/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Apr 6, In London hundreds of people rallied outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester hotel in protest at new Islamic sharia laws in the country that punish homosexuality, adultery and rape with the death penalty.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, China's Inner Mongolia region reported a case of human infection with the H7N9 bird flu virus. The same bird flu strain killed almost 300 people in the country during the winter of 2016/2017.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Congolese began engaging Burundian rebels in clashes with two armed groups in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the next 3 days 36 rebels were reportedly killed as well as three soldiers.
    (Reuters, 4/12/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Denmark a 20-year-old man died and at least four people were injured in an outbreak of gunfire north of Copenhagen in what appeared to be a clash late today between criminal gangs. 14 people were arrested after raids in several areas.
    (AP, 4/7/19)
2019        Apr 6, Estonian PM Juri Ratas unveiled a detailed plan for a three-party coalition, including the far-right EKRE-party, which could see him hold power despite his party having come second in an inconclusive election.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 5, In France G7 foreign ministers adopted joint commitments to better handle the world's top security challenges. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stayed at home citing domestic duties and Washington sent lower-ranking officials instead.
    (Reuters, 4/5/19)
2019        Apr 6, Thousands of Berlin residents took to the streets to vent anger over surging rents and demanded the expropriation of more than 200,000 apartments sold off to big private landlords, which they blame for changing the character of the city.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In northern Greece hundreds of protesting migrants clashed with police for a third straight day, with migrants throwing rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Iranian state TV reported that authorities have ordered the evacuation of six more towns in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, which is widely inundated with floods. Authorities have put the number of dead at 70 people.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Iranian state media reported that three staff in the country's defense industries have been killed in an explosion in a submarine under construction in the country's south.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he would start to extend Israeli control over the West Bank if give a fourth consecutive term.
    (SSFC, 4/7/19, p.A7)
2019        Apr 6, Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said they have seized control of the main airport in Tripoli. The airport has not been functional since fighting in 2014 destroyed much of the facility. G7 foreign ministers meeting in France warned eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar to halt his thrust on Tripoli, menacing the internationally recognized government based there, or face possible international action.
    (AP, 4/6/19)(Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Malaysia and Singapore reached an agreement to end their months-long airspace dispute. Under the deal, Singapore will halt instrument landing system procedures at its Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will open up a restricted area near the countries' border.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, People in the Maldives voted in a crucial parliamentary election that many hope will help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Malta Ivorian Lassana Cisse was killed in a fatal drive-by shooting that injured two other men from Guinea and Gambia. On May 19 Maltese soldiers Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech were charged with murder and attempted murder.
    (AP, 5/19/19)
2019        Apr 6, Philippine officials said an Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in southern Sulu province swam his way to freedom but another drowned, and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping over the last two days. At least three more hostages were still in the custody of the Abu Sayyaf.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, A coalition of Polish opposition parties launched its campaign for May's European elections by warning that the governing eurosceptic PiS party could drive the country out of the European Union.
    (AFP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Spanish police said they have arrested a fugitive they described as a millionaire and the most-wanted man in Poland. Polish authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the man on April 1. He had been convicted of making illegal audio recordings in a Warsaw restaurant during 2013-14, with the aim of using the recordings for monetary gain.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse thousands of demonstrators converged on President Omar al-Bashir's residence in Khartoum, in what appeared the largest protest for his ouster yet.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Thailand Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of a popular new political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election, was formally charged with sedition and expressed concern that he is to be tried in a military court. 13 foreign diplomats were present at a Bangkok police station where Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of a popular new political party, acknowledged charges of sedition and other crimes. Thanathorn says the charges are politically motivated.
    (AP, 4/6/19)(AP, 4/10/19)
2019        Apr 6, Tunisia's Pres. Beji Caid Essebsi (92) said he did not plan to stand for re-election in the November polls, in order to make way for someone younger.
    (AFP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Turkey the last commercial passenger flight took off from Istanbul's Ataturk airport and convoys of trucks ferried thousands of tons of equipment across the city to a giant new airport which Turkey plans to make the biggest in the world.
    (Reuters, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, Pope Francis formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor.
    (AP, 4/6/19)
2019        Apr 6, In Venezuela rival political factions took to the streets across the country in a mounting struggle for control of the crisis-wracked nation.
    (AP, 4/6/19)

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