On This Day

On This Day in History for August 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 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

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1990 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq

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

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1993 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical Veritatis splendor

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 Algerian Muslim fundamentalists threaten school/Universities

JapanAtomic Bombing of Hiroshima

1995 Thousands gather in Hiroshima for the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city

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Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima
Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima
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  • 1996 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

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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
  • 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
  • 2012 A large fire erupts at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Ohio, injuring six employees
  • 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 Presidential nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2017 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 2018 South Sudan peace accord signed between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in Sudan attempting to end 5 years of civil war
  • 2018 Saudi Arabia's state airline suspends direct flights to Toronto and expels ambassador after Canada calls for release of detained activists for civil and women's rights
  • 2018 Chicago police appeal for more help after 66 people shot in the city in one weekend
  • 2018 PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi announces she will be stepping down
  • 2018 Boston appoints its first African American Police Commissioner William G. Gross
  • 2019 A quarter of humanity is running out of water with 17 countries under extreme water stress including Cape Town, Los Angeles and Bangalore, according to report by the World Resources Institute
  • 2019 The Philippines declares a national dengue epidemic with 622 people killed and 146,000 cases so far in 2019
  • 2019 Barneys New York files for bankruptcy, amid figures 7,567 US retails stores have closed so far in 2019 compared to 5,864 in 2018
  • 2019 US government imposes wide-ranging sanctions on the Venezuelan government
  • 2019 Lawyer representing 800 boy scouts identify 350 sex abusers within Boy Scouts of America saying "It's the largest paedophile ring on earth"
  • 2020 COVID-19 detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths
  • 2020 US COVID-19 death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study [1]

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