April 6

1830

Joseph Smith and five others organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette, New York.

1862

The Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War began.

1896

First modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.

1909

Robert Peary and Matthew Henson became the first to reach the North Pole.

1917

U.S. declared war on Germany and entered World War I.

1994

The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash.

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