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August 6 in History
Historical Events on August 6
The Roman Empire lays siege to Betar, effectively ending the Bar Kokhba revolt.
The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Mediterranean.
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Crimean Khanate in the Battle of Kletsk
Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.
Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates, ending the Holy Roman Empire.
Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
Battle of Junín Peru.
Bolivia gains independence from Spain.
The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.
American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.
At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum.
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.
World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia.
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.
World War I: Battle of Mărășești between the Romanian and German armies begins.
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
In New York City, the Warner Bros.' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears never to be seen again.
Estonia was illegally annexed by the Soviet Union.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
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.
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.
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.
Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Ramones played their farewell concert at The Palace, Los Angeles, CA.
NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
Korean Air Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam killing 228 of 254 people on board.
Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to a chain were burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil Nadu.
A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.
Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people.
War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a working dog, 7 Afghan soldiers, and 1 Afghan civilian. It was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War in Afghanistan.
NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars.
A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people at a mosque in the Saudi city of Abha.
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