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History Calendar: April 06, 2006
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According to some Biblical scholars, this would have been the actual date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Richard I Lionheart, king of England, dies from the effects of an arrow wound received during the siege of Chalus in France. Richard had been one of the leaders of the Third Crusade.

Crusaders launch an attack on the Christian city of Constantinople.

Battle of Fariskur: King Louis IX is captured along with his army and ransomed in exchange for the surrender of Damietta - the only real achievement of the Crusade. Louis is lucky to be released at all because the difficulty with caring for the large numbers of prisoners led to the Egyptians executing many of them. This is the final battle in the Seventh Crusade.

James Mill - philosopher, historian, and father of John Stuart Mill - was born.

James Augustine Healy, first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. He was the son of an Irish planter and a slave.

Mormon leader Brigham Young married his 27th and final wife.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 against Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) in her case to force the end of required Bible readings and recitations of the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

Egypt severed "all relations" with Jordan because they alleged that King Hussein's plan for a federation of Jordanians and Palestinians would only serve to legitimize the presence of the state of Israel. As a consequence of this and other pressure, such a federation never materialized and the Palestinians remained perpetual refugees for decades.

Isaac Asimov died.

Feast Day for Sixtus I, seventh Roman Catholic pope.

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