Historical Events on August 6

  • 258 St Sixtus II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 523 St Hormisdas ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 768 Antipope Constantine II deposed
  • 939 Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors
  • 1181 Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers

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1497 Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot
  • 1538 Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
  • 1600 Henry IV of France invades Savoy after negotiations break down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588
  • 1601 Spanish garrison of Meurs surrender to earl Mauritius
  • 1623 Maffeo Barberini elected Pope Urban VIII
  • 1625 Earl Earnest Casimir appointed as viceroy of Groningen
  • 1661 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
  • 1675 Russian Tsar Alexis bans foreign hair styles to those below the nobility
  • 1726 Emperor Karel VI & Tsarina Catharine the Great sign military treaty

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1774 Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution
  • 1806 Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Francis II renounces the title, becoming Emperor of Austria.
  • 1815 US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli
  • 1819 Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • 1821 1st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1824 Battle at Junan - Simon Bolívar's army defeats the Spanish

Military and Political Leader Simon Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simon Bolívar
  • 1825 Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)
  • 1845 The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg.
  • 1856 The Great Bell is cast in the Great Clock of Westminster (Big Ben)
  • 1861 US Congress passes First Confiscation Act
  • 1861 Lexington, Kentucky - Union military camp forms in neutral state
  • 1861 The British annex Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 1862 Confederate ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
  • 1864 Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell in Mobile Bay, Alabama
  • 1870 Battle at Spicheren: Prussia beats France
  • 1870 White conservatives capture the Tennessee legislature by suppressing the black vote
  • 1890 Denton True "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game
  • 1890 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair
  • 1896 France annexes Madagascar
  • 1901 Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • 1905 26.7 cm rainfall at Princeton, Indiana (state record)
  • 1908 St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
  • 1909 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
  • 1910 NYC Mayor Wm J Gaynor seriously wounded during assassination attempt
  • 1914 WWI: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia
  • 1914 WWI: French cavalry enters Belgium
  • 1914 WWI: German Zeppelin bombs Liege, 9 killed
  • 1914 WWI: Serbia declares war against Germany
  • 1914 Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.
  • 1915 The British land more troops at Suvla Bay on the northern shore of Gallipoli in an effort to break the stalemate on the peninsula during WWI
  • 1917 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
  • 1918 Ferdinand Foch becomes Marshal of France during WWI
  • 1918 World War I: Second Battle of the Marne ends
  • 1919 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
  • 1919 Romanian forces bring down Hungarian Soviet Republic in Budapest
  • 1921 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • 1923 Gustav Stresemann is named chancellor and foreign minister during riots and strikes in Germany
  • 1926 NY's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel
  • 1926 Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
  • 1926 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1930 Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC
  • 1930 Remains of Solomon Andrees' balloon expedition to North Pole in 1897, found at Kvit oya Spitsbergen
  • 1932 1st Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1934 US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915
  • 1936 1st time in 20th century, 1st 2 batters in a game-Roy Johnson & Rabbit Warstler of Boston Bees-lead off with HRs
  • 1937 Franco's artillery fires on Madrid
  • 1937 Indians overturn Yankees' 7-6 win by a protest
  • 1937 US & USSR sign trade treaty
  • 1939 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
  • 1940 Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
  • 1941 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • 1942 -8] Riots by Dutch Jews
  • 1942 Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine sinks U-210
  • 1942 Churchill fires Gen Auchinlek as Middle-East commander

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1942 Hermann Goering proclaims occupied areas "thoroughly empty to plunder"

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1943 US 1st Infantry division occupies node Troina Sicily
  • 1944 All 1,200 Jewish death marchers from Lipcani Moldavia have died
  • 1944 Anti-German attack at Avranches fails
  • 1944 Deportation of 70,000 Jews from Lodz Poland to Auschwitz begins
  • 1944 US 20th Army corp under general Walker occupies Nantes

BattleAtomic Bombing of Hiroshima

1945 Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"

  • 1945 Keith Miller scores 110 in the 4 Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • 1946 US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court
  • 1947 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • 1948 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • 1948 Willem Drees forms Socialist government (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) in the Netherlands
  • 1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
  • 1949 Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
  • 1951 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • 1952 Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout

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1953 Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1954 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.
  • 1958 Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1960 Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • 1960 The UN Security Council lay down rules which would allow UN forces to enter Congo
  • 1961 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • 1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 1961 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • 1962 Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
  • 1964 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Ecclesiam Suam
  • 1964 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down in Nevada US
  • 1965 32nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 24, All-Stars 16 (68,000)
  • 1965 Beatles release "Help" album in UK
  • 1965 Pakistani soldiers crossed the Line of Control into Kashmir

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1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1966 Salazarbrug over Tag opens (longest suspension bridge in Europe)
  • 1966 US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • 1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1967 Minn Twin Dean Chance perfect games Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in 5 innings
  • 1967 Oriole Brooks Robinson hits into a record 4th triple play
  • 1967 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Pro comperto sane
  • 1969 Balt Orioles pull their 3rd triple play (5-4-3 vs KC Royals)
  • 1970 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1971 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • 1972 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1973 Roberto Clemente & Warren Spahn inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

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1973 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1974 6th time Phils get just 1 assist in game; no other team did it twice
  • 1974 Explosion & fire destory Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Wash
  • 1976 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
  • 1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate European Women's Golf Open
  • 1978 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
  • 1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • 1979 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • 1979 Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel
  • 1980 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles & post-season play due to transcript & curriculum abuses
  • 1981 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • 1981 Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
  • 1981 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
  • 1982 22nd Curtis Cup: US, 14½-3½
  • 1982 California Doug DeCinces hits 3 HRs again in game (did it 5 days ago also)
  • 1982 WQXI (Atlanta) is 1st to use Harris Corp AM stereo system
  • 1982 Three ANC members are sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1983 Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1983 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • 1983 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

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1984 Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1985 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
  • 1985 Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike
  • 1985 Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • 1985 STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1986 Orioles (Dwyer & Sheets) & Rangers (Harrah) hit record 3 grand slams
  • 1986 Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
  • 1986 Record 3 grand slams hit in game Tx vs Balt (Harrah, Sheets & Dwyer)
  • 1987 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • 1988 Oakland A's Jose Canseco becomes 11th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases
  • 1988 Rich Gossage 300th career save (beats Phillies)
  • 1988 The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7.
  • 1989 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • 1989 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • 1989 Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • 1989 Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
  • 1989 Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
  • 1989 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws
  • 1990 NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 11th HR in 1st 86 at bats

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1990 President Ghulam Ishaq Kahn dismisses Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1990 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba & Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 1991 Debbie Doom (US) pitches 2nd consecutive perfect game in women's softball at the Pan American Games, beats Nicaragua, 8-0

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1993 Japan Hosokawa government begins

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1993 Pope John Paul II publishes Veritatis splendor encyclical

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 Algerian Muslim fundamentalists threaten school/Universities
  • 1995 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances
  • 1995 Dottie Mochrie wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mountain
  • 1995 Indians & Browns play in Cleveland on same day for 1st time ever both lose - Chicago 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
  • 1995 Thousands gather in Hiroshima for the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city
  • 1996 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars (ALH84001)

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1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

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1996 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • 1997 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • 1997 NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
  • 2005 10th World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia.
  • 2008 A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
  • 2011 A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.
  • 2012 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 55 are wounded by a car bomb explosion in Damascus, Syria
  • 2013 25 people are killed and 60 are wounded by a series of car bombs in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 1 person is killed and 4 are injured after a hot air balloon crash in Montbovon, Sweden
  • 2013 An alleged chemical weapons attack on Damascus, Syria, is claimed by Syrian rebels
  • 2015 Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Ismaïlia
  • 2015 World's largest ever Pinball tournament Pinburgh with 700 machines held in Pittsburgh
  • 2015 Republican Presidental nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2015 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time