Today in History: April 6, first modern Olympics begin

n April 6, 1896, the primary current Olympic games officially opened in Athens, Greece.

In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh started in Tennessee as Confederate powers sent off

an unexpected assault against Union soldiers, who beat back the Confederates the following day.

In 1864, Louisiana opened a show in New Orleans to draft another state constitution,

In 1909, American pilgrims Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits turned into the main men to arrive at the North Pole.

In 1917, the United States entered World War against Germany

In 1943, "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first distributed by Reynal and Hitchcock of New York.

In 1968, 41 individuals were killed by two successive petroleum gas blasts at an outdoor supplies store in midtown Richmond, Indiana.

In 1974, Swedish pop gathering ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brighton, England

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