On This Day in History: April 6

April 6 saw another union in the United Kingdom fight against Margaret Thatcher’s regime. What else happened today in history?

1830: The Establishment of the Mormon Church

On this day in history, the Mormon Church was established by Joseph Smith. He organized a group of believers in Fayette Township, New York. He had spent the last six years translating a holy text he said an angel named Moroni John Tylerhas given to him. The Book of Mormon was published once translation finished and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded.

1841: The Inauguration of John Tyler

John Tyler found himself the President of the United States unexpectedly, just a month after becoming vice president. His POTUS had died just a month into office of pneumonia, and became the first ever vice president to take over the role of president immediately. This would set the precedent for future cases, and on this day in history he was inaugurated into the position.. Tyler’s four years in office were not easy. Going against his own party’s policies, he was thrown out of the Whig party and not accepted by the Democrats. He would become a president without a party. Before leaving office, he attempted to form peace between the north and south, but failed to come to agreements with Abraham Lincoln.

1895: The Arrest of Oscar Wilde

After losing the libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, Oscar Wilde was arrested. The case started after the Oscar Wildemarquess denounced Wilde as a homosexual for his affair with her son four years earlier. Wilde sued for libel, but evidence was found in favor of the marquess. Since homosexuality was a crime in England at the time, he was sentenced to two years of hard labor after being found guilty. He would die in 1900 of acute meningitis.

1989: “Jobs for Life” for Dockers’ Scrapped

On April 6, 1989, the docks in Britain went into chaos, as the government announced it would abolish the legislation that guaranteed work for the workers. The Tory Employment Secretary Norman Fowler said that the National Dock Labour Scheme would mean the industry could not move forward. It would be the third union Margaret Thatcher’s government would face, and the third that would step down from the fight.

Famous Birthdays on April 6

Sistine Madonna painter Raffaello Sanzio—1483

Journalist Joseph Lincoln Steffens—1866

Jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan—1927

DNA structure co-discoverer James Watson—1928

Conductor and pianist Andrew Previn—1929

Magician Paul Daniels—1938

Scrubs actor Zach Braff—1975

Full House actress Candace Cameron-Bure—1976

Jessie actress Peyton List—1998

Sources:

Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and FamousBirthdays.com

Featured image from Deposit Photos

Image of John Tyler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tyler#/media/File:Tyler_Daguerreotype_crop_(restoration).jpg

Image of Oscar Wilde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde#/media/File:Oscar_Wilde_(1854-1900),_by_Hills_%26_Saunders,_Rugby_%26_Oxford_3_april_1876.jpg


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