What Happened on August 6

Significant 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
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August 6 in Film & TV

  • 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

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

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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