1. The Battle of Antietam: On April 6, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed in Sharpsburg, Maryland, during what would become known as the Battle of Antietam. Though fought on Maryland soil, many soldiers from Pennsylvania played a critical role in the battle.
2. BCCL (Bethlehem Consolidated Copper and Zinc Company): On April 6, 1920, BCCL was incorporated in Pennsylvania. This company was responsible for the construction of the Bethlehem Steel plant in Burns Harbor, Indiana, which would become one of the largest integrated steel plants in the world.
3. "Six Corners" Tragedy: On April 6, 1937, a gas leak caused an explosion that destroyed two buildings at the intersection of Sixth and Linden Streets in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The tragedy, known as the "Six Corners" tragedy, claimed the lives of 14 people and injured dozens more.
4. The First World Series Game in Philadelphia: On April 6, 1915, the first Major League Baseball game of the World Series was played in Philadelphia at Baker Bowl. The Philadelphia Phillies faced off against the Boston Red Sox, with the Red Sox winning the game 1-0.
5. General John F. Reynolds Birthplace: On April 6, 1820, John F. Reynolds, a prominent Union general during the Civil War, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Reynolds was famously killed in action during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.
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