Friday, May 24, 2024 (Week 21)

August 6 in History

What happened on August 6 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 6 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 6 in history.

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2012
New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro erupts for the first time since 1897.
1997
Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in troubled rival Apple Computer, Inc.
1993
Pope John Paul II publishes “Veritatis splendor encyclical,” regarding fundamentals of the Catholic Church’s role in moral teachings.
1991
Tim Berners-Lee publishes the first-ever website, Info.cern.ch.
1988
A melee that became known as the Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City leads to NYPD reforms.
1981
Argentina’s ex-president Isabel Peron is freed from house arrest.
1979
Twelve-year-old Marcus Hooper becomes the youngest person to swim the English Channel.
1973
Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is in an automobile accident and goes into a four-day coma.
1972
Atlanta Braves’ right fielder Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st home runs, setting the Major League record for most home runs by a player for a single franchise.
1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.
1962
Jamaica becomes independent, after 300 years of British rule.
1945
Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender.
1942
The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.
1927
A Massachusetts high court hears the final plea from Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italians convicted of murder.
1914
Ellen Louise Wilson, the first wife of the twenty-eighth president, Woodrow Wilson, dies of Bright’s disease.
1904
The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.
1890
William Kemmler becomes the first man to be executed by the electric chair.
1888
Martha Turner is murdered by an unknown assailant, believed to be Jack the Ripper, in London, England.
1863
The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.
1497
John Cabot returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.