Today in History, English
Today in History, English

88741August 6Event1825 – Bolivia gains independence from Spain.
88742August 6Event1861 – The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.
88743August 6Event1862 – American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
88744August 6Event1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
88745August 6Event1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.
88746August 6Event1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
88747August 6Event1901 – Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
88748August 6Event1912 – The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum.
88749August 6Event1914 – 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.
88750August 6Event1914 – World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany Austria declares war on Russia.
88751August 6Event1915 – 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.
88752August 6Event1917 – World War I: Battle of Mărășești between the Romanian and German armies begins.
88753August 6Event1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
88754August 6Event1926 – In New York City, the Warner Bros.' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
88755August 6Event1930 – Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears never to be seen again.
88756August 6Event1940 – Estonia was illegally annexed by the Soviet Union.
88757August 6Event1942 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
88758August 6Event1944 – 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.
88759August 6Event1945 – 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 po
88760August 6Event1956 – 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.
88761August 6Event1960 – Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
88762August 6Event1962 – Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
88763August 6Event1964 – Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down.
88764August 6Event1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
88765August 6Event1976 – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
88766August 6Event1986 – 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.
88767August 6Event1988 – The Tompkins Square Park Riot in New York City spurs a reform of the NYPD, held responsible for the event.
88768August 6Event1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
88769August 6Event1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
88770August 6Event1991 – Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.

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