Today in history – April 6, 2020

1712 – The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 begins near Broadway.

1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.

1830 – Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith and others at either Fayette or Manchester, New York.

1841 – President John Tyler is sworn in, two days after having become President upon William Henry Harrison’s death.

1862 – The Battle of Shiloh begins: In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.

1893 – The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

1896 – The first modern Olympics formally opened in Athens, Greece. 

1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.

1917 – The United States declares war on Germany in World War I.

1968 – Federal troops and National Guardsmen were deployed in Washington, Chicago, and Detroit as rioting continued over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.