August 6 Events
1284 - The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Mediterranean. 1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. 1661 - The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic. 1777 - American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix. 1787 - Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1806 - Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates, ending the Holy Roman Empire. 1819 - Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States. 1824 - Peruvian War of Independence: The Battle of Junín. 1825 - Bolivia gains independence from Spain. 1861 - The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria. 1862 - American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 1870 - Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory. 1870 - Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory. 1890 - At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair. 1901 - Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation. 1912 - The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum. 1914 - World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea. 1914 - World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia. 1915 - World War I: Battle of Sari Bair: The Allies mount a diversionary attack timed to coincide with a major Allied landing of reinforcements at Suvla Bay. 1917 - World War I: Battle of Mărășești between the Romanian and German armies begins. 1926 - Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel. 1926 - In New York City, the Warner Bros.' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore. 1930 - Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears, never to be seen again. 1940 - Estonia is illegally annexed by the Soviet Union. 1942 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress. 1944 - The Warsaw Uprising occurs on August 1. It is brutally suppressed and all able-bodied men in Kraków are detained afterwards to prevent a similar uprising, the Kraków Uprising, that was planned but never carried out. 1945 - World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. 1956 - After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series. 1960 - Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation. 1962 - Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom. 1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. 1986 - A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters of rain in a day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 1990 - Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. 1991 - Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet. 1991 - Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives. 1996 - The Ramones played their farewell concert at The Palace, Los Angeles, CA. 1996 - NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms. 1997 - Korean Air Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam killing 228 of 254 people on board. 2001 - Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to a chain were burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil Nadu. 2008 - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. 2010 - Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people. 2011 - War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a working dog, seven Afghan soldiers, and one Afghan civilian. It was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War in Afghanistan. 2012 - NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars. 2015 - A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people at a mosque in the Saudi city of Abha. Births 1180 - Emperor Go-Toba of Japan 1504 - Matthew Parker, English archbishop 1572 - Fakhr-al-Din II, Ottoman prince 1605 - Bulstrode Whitelocke, English lawyer 1609 - Richard Bennett, English-American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia 1619 - Barbara Strozzi, Italian composer and singer-songwriter 1622 - Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral 1638 - Nicolas Malebranche, French priest and philosopher 1644 - Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV of France 1651 - François Fénelon, French archbishop and poet 1656 - Claude de Forbin, French general 1666 - Maria Sophia of Neuburg 1667 - Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician 1697 - Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor 1715 - Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French author 1765 - Petros Mavromichalis, Greek general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Greece 1766 - William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist 1768 - Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French general and politician 1775 - Daniel O'Connell, Irish lawyer and politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin 1809 - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet 1826 - Thomas Alexander Browne, English-Australian author 1835 - Hjalmar Kiærskou, Danish botanist 1844 - Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1844 - James Henry Greathead, South African-English engineer 1848 - Susie Taylor, American writer and first African-American Army nurse 1846 - Anna Haining Bates, Canadian-American giant 1868 - Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright 1874 - Charles Fort, American author 1877 - Wallace H. White Jr., American lawyer and politician 1880 - Hans Moser, Austrian actor and singer 1881 - Leo Carrillo, American actor 1881 - Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate 1881 - Louella Parsons, American journalist 1883 - Scott Nearing, American economist and educator 1886 - Edward Ballantine, American composer and academic 1887 - Dudley Benjafield, English racing driver 1889 - George Kenney, Canadian-American general 1889 - John Middleton Murry, English poet and author 1890 - Wentworth Beaumont, 2nd Viscount Allendale, English captain and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland 1891 - William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, English field marshal and politician, 13th Governor-General of Australia 1892 - Hoot Gibson, American actor, director, and producer 1893 - Wright Patman, American lieutenant and politician 1895 - Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban pianist and composer 1895 - Frank Nicklin, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Queensland 1900 - Cecil Howard Green, English-American geophysicist and businessman, co-founded Texas Instruments 1902 - Dutch Schultz, American gangster 1903 - Virginia Foster Durr, American civil rights activist 1904 - Jean Dessès, Greek-Egyptian fashion designer 1904 - Henry Iba, American basketball player and coach 1906 - Vic Dickenson, American trombonist 1908 - Maria Ludwika Bernhard, Polish classical archaeologist and a member of WWII Polish resistance 1908 - Helen Jacobs, American tennis player and commander 1908 - Lajos Vajda, Hungarian painter and illustrator 1909 - Diana Keppel, Countess of Albemarle 1910 - Adoniran Barbosa, Brazilian musician, singer, composer, humorist, and actor 1910 - Charles Crichton, English director, producer, and screenwriter 1911 - Lucille Ball, American actress, television producer and businesswoman 1911 - Norman Gordon, South African cricketer 1911 - Constance Heaven, English author and actress 1912 - Richard C. Miller, American photographer 1914 - Gordon Freeth, Australian lawyer and politician, 24th Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs 1916 - Richard Hofstadter, American historian and academic 1916 - Dom Mintoff, Maltese journalist and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Malta 1917 - Barbara Cooney, American author and illustrator 1917 - Robert Mitchum, American actor 1918 - Norman Granz, American-Swiss record producer and manager 1919 - Pauline Betz, American tennis player 1920 - Selma Diamond, Canadian-American actress and screenwriter 1920 - John Graves, American author 1920 - Ella Raines, American actress 1922 - Freddie Laker, English businessman, founded Laker Airways 1922 - Dan Walker, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois 1923 - Jess Collins, American painter 1923 - Paul Hellyer, Canadian engineer and politician, 16th Canadian Minister of Defence 1924 - Samuel Bowers, American activist, co-founded the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan 1926 - Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author 1926 - Frank Finlay, English actor 1926 - Clem Labine, American baseball player and manager 1926 - János Rózsás, Hungarian author 1926 - Norman Wexler, American screenwriter 1928 - Herb Moford, American baseball player 1928 - Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer 1929 - Mike Elliott, Jamaican saxophonist 1929 - Roch La Salle, Canadian politician, 42nd Canadian Minister of Public Works 1930 - Abbey Lincoln, American singer-songwriter and actress 1931 - Chalmers Johnson, American scholar and author 1932 - Michael Deeley, English screenwriter and producer 1932 - Howard Hodgkin, English painter 1932 - Charles Wood, English playwright and screenwriter 1933 - A. 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Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer 1934 - Piers Anthony, English-American soldier and author 1934 - Chris Bonington, English mountaineer and author 1934 - Billy Boston, Welsh rugby player and soldier 1935 - Fortunato Baldelli, Italian cardinal 1935 - Octavio Getino, Spanish-Argentinian director and screenwriter 1937 - Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist and composer 1937 - Charlie Haden, American bassist and composer 1937 - Barbara Windsor, English actress 1938 - Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter 1938 - Peter Bonerz, American actor and director 1938 - Bert Yancey, American golfer 1940 - Mukhu Aliyev, Russian philologist and politician, 2nd President of Dagestan 1940 - Egil Kapstad, Norwegian pianist and composer 1940 - Louise Sorel, American actress 1941 - Ray Culp, American baseball player 1941 - Andrew Green, Baron Green of Deddington, English diplomat 1942 - Byard Lancaster, American saxophonist and flute player 1943 - Jon Postel, American computer scientist and academic 1944 - Inday Badiday, Filipino journalist and actress 1944 - Michael Mingos, English chemist and academic 1944 - Martin Wharton, English bishop 1945 - Ron Jones, English director and production manager 1946 - Allan Holdsworth, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer 1947 - Radhia Cousot, French computer scientist and academic 1947 - Tony Dell, English-Australian cricketer and soldier 1948 - William McCrea, Northern Irish politician 1949 - Dino Bravo, Italian-Canadian wrestler 1949 - Richard Prince, American painter and photographer 1949 - Clarence Richard Silva, American bishop 1950 - Dorian Harewood, American actor 1951 - Catherine Hicks, American actress 1951 - Daryl Somers, Australian television host and singer 1952 - Pat MacDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1952 - David McLetchie, Scottish lawyer and politician 1952 - Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch keyboard player, songwriter, and producer 1954 - Mark Hughes, English-Australian rugby league player 1956 - Bill Emmott, English journalist and author 1957 - Bob Horner, American baseball player 1957 - Jim McGreevey, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey 1958 - Randy DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and bass player 1959 - Rajendra Singh, Indian environmentalist 1960 - Dale Ellis, American basketball player 1961 - Mary Ann Sieghart, English journalist and radio host 1962 - Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian-Hong Kong actress and producer 1963 - Charles Ingram, English soldier, author, and game show contestant 1963 - Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker and author 1964 - Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, Nigerian journalist, activist, social media expert, and pharmacist 1965 - Stéphane Peterhansel, French racing driver 1965 - Yuki Kajiura, Japanese pianist and composer 1965 - David Robinson, American basketball player and lieutenant 1965 - Vince Wells, English cricketer 1967 - Lorna Fitzsimons, English businesswoman and politician 1967 - Mike Greenberg, American journalist and sportscaster 1967 - Julie Snyder, Canadian talk show host and producer 1968 - Jack de Gier, Dutch footballer 1969 - Simon Doull, New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster 1969 - Elliott Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter 1972 - Paolo Bacigalupi, American author 1972 - Darren Eales, English footballer and lawyer 1972 - Geri Halliwell, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress 1972 - Ray Lucas, American football player and sportscaster 1973 - Vera Farmiga, American actress 1973 - Max Kellerman, American sportscaster and radio host 1973 - Iain Morris, English screenwriter and producer 1973 - Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist 1974 - Bobby Petta, Dutch footballer 1974 - Luis Vizcaíno, Dominican baseball player 1974 - Alvin Williams, American basketball player and coach 1975 - Jason Crump, English-Australian motorcycle racer 1975 - Renate Götschl, Austrian skier 1975 - Víctor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player 1976 - Soleil Moon Frye, American actress and producer 1976 - Melissa George, Australian-American actress 1976 - Adam Ritson, Australian rugby league player 1976 - Shaun Timmins, Australian rugby league player 1977 - Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer 1977 - Rebecca Maddern, Australian journalist and television host 1977 - Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer and manager 1977 - Luciano Zavagno, Argentinian footballer 1978 - Marvel Smith, American football player 1979 - Francesco Bellotti, Italian cyclist 1979 - Jaime Correa, Mexican footballer 1979 - Travis Reed, American basketball player 1980 - Danny Collins, English-Welsh footballer 1980 - Seneca Wallace, American football player 1980 - Roman Weidenfeller, German footballer 1980 - Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italian racing driver 1981 - Diána Póth, Hungarian figure skater 1983 - Neil Harvey, English-Barbadian footballer 1983 - C. 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Mosley, American football player 1983 - Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer 1984 - Vedad Ibišević, Bosnian footballer 1984 - Jesse Ryder, New Zealand cricketer 1985 - Viktoria Baškite, Estonian chess player 1985 - Mickaël Delage, French cyclist 1985 - Bafétimbi Gomis, French footballer 1985 - Garrett Weber-Gale, American swimmer 1986 - Mehmet Akgün, Turkish footballer 1986 - Raphael Pyrasch, German rugby player 1987 - Leanne Crichton, Scottish footballer 1991 - Jiao Liuyang, Chinese swimmer 1992 - Tara Moore, British tennis player 1995 - Rebecca Peterson, Swedish tennis player Deaths 258 - Pope Sixtus II 523 - Pope Hormisdas 750 - Marwan II, Umayyad general and caliph 1027 - Richard III, Duke of Normandy 1162 - Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona 1195 - Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria 1221 - Saint Dominic, Spanish priest, founded the Dominican Order 1272 - Stephen V of Hungary 1384 - Francesco I of Lesbos 1412 - Margherita of Durazzo, Queen consort of Charles III of Naples 1414 - Ladislaus of Naples 1458 - Pope Callixtus III 1530 - Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet 1553 - Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician 1628 - Johannes Junius, German lawyer and politician 1637 - Ben Jonson, English poet and playwright 1645 - Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant and politician 1657 - Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ukrainian soldier and politician, 1st Hetman of Zaporizhian Host 1660 - Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter and educator 1666 - Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Frisian naval hero and commander 1679 - John Snell, Scottish-English soldier and philanthropist, founded the Snell Exhibition 1694 - Antoine Arnauld, French mathematician and philosopher 1695 - François de Harlay de Champvallon, French archbishop 1753 - Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Estonian-Russian physicist and academic 1757 - Ádám Mányoki, Hungarian painter 1794 - Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, English lawyer and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain 1815 - James A. Bayard, American lawyer and politician 1828 - Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and diplomat 1850 - Edward Walsh, Irish poet and songwriter 1866 - John Mason Neale, English priest, scholar, and hymnwriter 1881 - James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church 1893 - Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, Swiss lawyer and politician 1904 - Eduard Hanslick, Austrian author and critic 1906 - George Waterhouse, English-New Zealand politician, 7th Prime Minister of New Zealand 1915 - Jennie de la Montagnie Lozier, American physician 1920 - Stefan Bastyr, Polish pilot and author 1925 - Surendranath Banerjee, Indian academic and politician 1925 - Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician 1931 - Bix Beiderbecke, American cornet player, pianist, and composer 1945 - Richard Bong, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient 1945 - Hiram Johnson, American lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of California 1946 - Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and coach 1952 - Betty Allan, Australian statistician and biometrician 1959 - Preston Sturges, American director, screenwriter, and playwright 1964 - Cedric Hardwicke, English actor and director 1969 - Theodor W. Adorno, German sociologist and philosopher 1970 - Nikos Tsiforos, Greek director and screenwriter 1973 - Fulgencio Batista, Cuban colonel and politician, 9th President of Cuba 1976 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-American cellist and educator 1978 - Pope Paul VI 1978 - Edward Durell Stone, American architect, designed Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center 1979 - Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1983 - Klaus Nomi, German singer-songwriter and actor 1985 - Forbes Burnham, Guyanese politician, 2nd President of Guyana 1986 - Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter 1987 - Ira C. Eaker, American general 1990 - Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist and politician 1991 - Shapour Bakhtiar, Iranian soldier and politician, 74th Prime Minister of Iran 1991 - Roland Michener, Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Governor General of Canada 1991 - Harry Reasoner, American journalist, co-created 60 Minutes 1992 - Leszek Błażyński, Polish boxer 1993 - Tex Hughson, American baseball player 1994 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter and politician 1997 - Shin Ki-ha, South Korean lawyer and politician 1998 - André Weil, French-American mathematician and academic 2001 - Jorge Amado, Brazilian novelist and poet 2001 - Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer 2001 - Wilhelm Mohnke, German general 2001 - Shan Ratnam, Sri Lankan physician and academic 2001 - Dorothy Tutin, English actress 2002 - Edsger W. Dijkstra, Dutch physicist, computer scientist, and academic 2003 - Julius Baker, American flute player and educator 2004 - Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer 2004 - Donald Justice, American poet and academic 2005 - Robin Cook, Scottish educator and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 2007 - Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist 2008 - Angelos Kitsos, Greek lawyer and author 2009 - Riccardo Cassin, Italian mountaineer and author 2009 - Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 2009 - John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter 2011 - Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and educator 2012 - Richard Cragun, American-Brazilian ballet dancer and choreographer 2012 - Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer, and conductor 2012 - Robert Hughes, Australian-American author and critic 2012 - Bernard Lovell, English physicist and astronomer 2012 - Mark O'Donnell, American playwright 2012 - Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator 2012 - Dan Roundfield, American basketball player 2013 - Stan Lynde, American author and illustrator 2013 - Mava Lee Thomas, American baseball player 2013 - Jerry Wolman, American businessman 2014 - Ralph Bryans, Northern Irish motorcycle racer 2014 - Ananda W.P. Guruge, Sri Lankan scholar and diplomat 2014 - John Woodland Hastings, American biochemist and academic 2015 - Ray Hill, American football player 2015 - Orna Porat, German-Israeli actress 2017 - Betty Cuthbert, Australian sprinter 2017 - Darren Daulton, American baseball player 2018 - Joël Robuchon, French Chef 2018 - Margaret Heckler, American politician 2018 - Anya Krugovoy Silver, American poet Holidays and observances *Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto *Hormisdas *Justus and Pastor *August 6 H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's Accession Day. Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Bolivia from Spain in 1825. Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Jamaica from the United Kingdom in 1962. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony Russian Railway Troops Day
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