spotlight Today in history: April 6 Apr 6, 2020 Apr 6, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1862: Battle of Shiloh In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee as Confederate forces launched a surprise attack against Union troops, who beat back the Confederates the next day. AP 1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson In 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole. AP 1945: World War II In 1945, during World War II, the Japanese warship Yamato and nine other vessels sailed on a suicide mission to attack the U.S. fleet off Okinawa; the fleet was intercepted the next day. AP 1954: Joseph McCarthy In 1954, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., responding to CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow's broadside against him on "See It Now," said in remarks filmed for the program that Murrow had, in the past, "engaged in propaganda for Communist causes." AP 1971: Igor Stravinsky In 1971, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky, 88, died in New York City. AP 1974: ABBA In 1974, Swedish pop group ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brighton, England, with a performance of the song "Waterloo." AP 1985: William Schroeder In 1985, William J. Schroeder (SHRAY'-dur) became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital as he moved into an apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. AP 1998: Tammy Wynette In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home at age 55. AP 1998: The Dow Jones Industrial Average In 1998, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time, ending the day at 9,033.23. AP 2010: Nuclear Strategy Ten years ago: The White House announced a fundamental shift in U.S. nuclear strategy that called the spread of atomic weapons to rogue states or terrorists a worse threat than the nuclear Armageddon feared during the Cold War. AP 2010: Wilma Mankiller Ten years ago: Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, died in Oklahoma at age 64. AP 2015: Basketball Hall of Fame Five years ago: Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood were among 11 new inductees named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. AP 2015: Duke Five years ago: Duke scored a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin for the program's fifth NCAA national title. AP 2015: Kenya Five years ago: Kenyan warplanes bombed militant camps in Somalia after a vow by President Uhuru Kenyatta to respond "in the fiercest way possible" to the massacre of Kenyan college students by al-Shabab militants. John Muchucha 2015: Phi Kappa Psi Five years ago: The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia announced it would "pursue all available legal action" against Rolling Stone, saying a Columbia Journalism School review showed the magazine acted recklessly and defamed its members by publishing a discredited article that accused them of gang rape. AP 2019: Ernest "Fritz" Hollings One year ago: Former South Carolina Democratic Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, who had also helped guide the state through desegregation as governor, died at the age of 97; he was the eighth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. AP 2019: NCAA Tournament One year ago: Virginia beat Auburn, and Texas Tech defeated Michigan State, to advance to the final game of the NCAA tournament. AP 0 comments Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 31 May 31, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Brooke Shields, Clint Eastwood, DMC, Joe Namath, Lea Thompson, Sh… +9 National Today in sports history: Babe Ruth announces retirement at age 40 in 1935 Updated 15 hrs ago Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, June 2: +102 National Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Updated Jun 1, 2020 Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +17 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 30 May 30, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Cee Lo Green, Idina Menzel, Ruta Lee, Tom Morello, Tonya Pinkins and more. +19 Archives Today in history: May 31 May 31, 2020 Relentless flooding in the central U.S. inundated communities and damaged or spilled over levees on three major rivers in two states, and more… +27 Technology News Today’s top pics: SpaceX test flight and more Updated May 30, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +28 National Today’s top pics: Minneapolis Protests and more Updated May 30, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +91 National Top pics from the weekend: George Floyd protests spread nationwide, and more Updated 15 hrs ago Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.