Holidays Calendar for April 6, 2016

April 6 is a public holiday in Thailand known as Chakri Memorial Day or simply Chakri Day. It commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty that has been ruling the Kingdom of Thailand since 1782.

On April 6, Burundians celebrate President Ntaryamira Day. It is a public holiday that commemorates the anniversary of President Cyprien Ntaryamira's death in 1994.

Act of Self Determination Day is a public holidays in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands celebrated on April 6. On this day in 1984, the referendum of self-determination of the archipelago was held.

Athletic Trainers and Physical Training and Sports Professionals Day is one of the official professional days in Kyrgyzstan. It's annually observed on April 6.

Tartan Day is observed annually on April 6. This celebration is a Scottish heritage and it is observed by all communities of Scottish diaspora.

April 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day. Today is a perfect day to add delicious caramel to popcorn to make all time favorite American snack.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual United Nations observance held on April 6. It was established by the General Assembly in 2013 and first observed in 2014.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Thomas Kinkade, American painter of popular realistic, idyllic and bucolic subjects, notable for mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions.
  • 2012 Azawad declared itself independent from the Republic of Mali. The independence of Azawad was not recognized by the world community and the leaders of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad refused its idea in July of the same year.
  • 2011 Over 193 bodies were exhumed from several mass graves made by a powerful criminal syndicate Los Zetas in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  • 2009 307 people died during a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy.
  • 1992 Died: Isaac Asimov, Russian-American author and educator, one of the most prolific authors of his time. He is best known for his popular science and science fiction books.
  • 1974 The Swedish pop band ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with the song Waterloo, launching their international career.
  • 1965 Early Bird, the first communications satellite placed in geosynchronous orbit, was launched.
  • 1963 Died: Otto Struve, Russian-American astronomer, who is considered as one of the most prolific and distinguished astronomers of the mid-20th century.
  • 1961 Died: Jules Bordet, Belgian microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discoveries relating to immune system. The bacterial genus Bordetella (causes whooping cough in humans) is named after him.
  • 1949 Born: Horst Ludwig Störmer, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations.
  • 1947 The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievements.
  • 1938 Born: Paul Daniels, English magician, television performer. He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, that ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.
  • 1934 Born: Guy Peellaert, Belgian painter, illustrator, and photographer, most famous for his album covers for rock artists like David Bowie (Diamond Dogs) and The Rolling Stones (It's Only Rock 'n' Roll).
  • 1930 The Salt March, an important part of the Indian independence movement, began after Gandhi had raised a lump of mud and salt and declared "With this I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire".
  • 1928 Born: James Watson, American biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the structure of DNA.
  • 1924 The first round-the-world flight was commenced by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service. The trip took 175 days, covering 27,553 miles.
  • 1911 Born: Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism.
  • 1909 The US explores Robert Pearly and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole. Their conquest of the North Pole is considered as the first proved claim.
  • 1899 Died: Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American physician and botanist. He is a leader in the fields of hierarchy theory, systems theory, and complexity. Among his other notable works is Flora of the Southern United States, the first comprehensive description of US plants in any region beyond the northeastern states.
  • 1896 The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, 1,500 years after the games were banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • 1890 Born: Anthony Fokker, Dutch engineer and businessman, founder of Fokker Aircraft Manufacturer. His company dominated the civil aviation marker in the 1920s and 1930s, but went into bankruptcy in 1996.
  • 1829 Died: Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician, innovator in the field of elliptic functions and discoverer of Abelian functions. His achievements were not recognized during his lifetime and Abel died in poverty at the age of 26.
  • 1826 Born: Gustave Moreau, French painter. He is best known for the illustrations of biblical and mythological figures: Oedipus and the Sphinx, Orpheus, Europa and the Bull, Salomé, Jupiter and Semele.
  • 1810 Born: Philip Henry Gosse, English biologist, the inventor of the seawater aquarium and innovator in the study of marine biology.
  • 1766 Born: Wilhelm von Kobell, German painter, who gained reputation through work on battle scenes and horses, fine etchings and aquatint engravings.
  • 1726 Born: Gerard Majella, Italian saint, whose intercession is sought for children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers and motherhood.
  • 1707 Died: Willem van de Velde the Younger, Dutch marine painter. Most of his works represent views off the coast of Holland and Dutch shipping. His paintings are delicate, spirited, finished in handling and correct in the drawing of the vessels and their rigging.
  • 1528 Died: Albrecht Dürer, German painter, best remembered as a talented engraver. His woodcuts established his reputation and influence across Europe, when he was in his twenties. His well-known works include Knight, Death and the Devil, Saint Jerome in his Study, Malencolia I.
  • 1520 Died: Raphael, Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, one of the great masters of his period. He is best known for religious paintings, especially Madonnas, and portraits.
  • 1199 Died: Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart because of this reputation as a great military leader and warrior. He was seen as a her by his subjects and today he is an icon figure in England and France.