April 6th

2011
Portugal became the third debt-stressed European country to need a bailout as the prime minister announced his country would request international assistance.
European debt crisis
2005
Prince Rainier III of Monaco died at age 81.
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
2004
The University of Connecticut became the first school to win the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball titles in the same season as the women's team beat Tennessee 70-61 for their third consecutive championship.
Connecticut Huskies
2001
Algerian national Ahmed Ressam, accused of bringing explosives into the United States days before the millennium celebrations, was convicted on terror charges.
Ahmed Ressam
1998
Pakistan successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking neighboring India.
Ghaznavi (missile)
1994
The Rwandan genocide begins. The assassination of Rwandan President, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, triggered a mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis with up to 1 million victims.
Rwandan genocide
1992
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov died at age 72.
Isaac Asimov
1983
Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall, saying rock 'n' roll bands attract the "wrong element.".
James G. Watt
1971
Composer Igor Stravinsky died at age 88.
Igor Stravinsky
1965
The first commercial communications satellite is launched. Intelsat I, also known as Early Bird, facilitated the first live TV broadcast of a spacecraft splashdown when Gemini 6 landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Intelsat I
1924
A team of aviators begins the first round-the-world flight in history. Four aircraft left Seattle on a westbound route around the globe. 157 days later, two of them reached the same location.
First aerial circumnavigation
1909
Robert Peary allegedly becomes the first person to reach the North Pole. Peary's claim has never been verified and is widely contested. The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was the 1948 Soviet Sever-2 expedition.
Robert Peary
1896
The first modern Olympic Games are opened in Athens. 241 athletes from 14 countries took part in the First Olympiad. The event took place over 1500 years after the last ancient Olympic Games, which originated in Olympia in south-western Greece.
1896 Summer Olympics
1889
George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time.
Kodak
1830
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y.
Church of Christ (Latter Day Saints)
1789
1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC.
1st United States Congress
1652
Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck.
Dutch Cape Colony