1865 - BASF was founded on 6 April 1865 in Mannheim, in the German-speaking country of Baden by Friedrich Engelhorn. BASF SE is the largest chemical company in the world and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF originally stood for Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik (English: Baden Aniline and Soda Factory).
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1896 - After a break of 1500 years, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in Athens, Greece.
1917 - USA officially declared war on Germany and entered the World War I.
1994 - The beginning of genocide in Rwanda as a plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down. They had been meeting to discuss ways of ending ethnic rivalries between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. They died and Rwanda descended into chaos, resulting in genocidal conflict between the tribes. Over 500,000 persons were killed with two million fleeing the country.
2015 - BASF will complete its 150 years of existence and will enter into 151st year.
Renaissance artist Raphael (1483-1520), Italy. He created some of the world's greatest masterpieces including 300 pictures with a Madonna theme.
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