What Happened on August 6

Historical Events

  • 1661 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
  • 1890 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair
  • 1945 Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"
  • 1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities
  • 1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
  • 1996 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars (ALH84001)
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Did You Know?

Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down in Nevada US

On August 6, 1964

Famous Weddings

  • 1953 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey
  • 1968 Children's author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds Audrey Stone Dimond
  • 1983 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France
  • 2005 Legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans (75) weds Lady Victoria White (42) at the One & Only Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas
  • 2007 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai
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