On This Day

What Happened on August 6

Important 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 the 1st person to be executed by electric chair
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August 6 in Film & TV

  • 1926 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

August 6 in Music

  • 1996 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

August 6 in Sport

  • 1948 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles

Did You Know?

NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

On August 6, 1996


Would You Believe?

Prometheus, the world's oldest tree (at least 4862 years old), is accidently cut down in Nevada, US

On August 6, 1964

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