About August 6

August 6, 2021 is the 218th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 147 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 179 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 6

  • 1506
    The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Crimean Khanate in the Battle of Kletsk
  • 1538
    Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: the Confederate ironclad Ship CSS is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering damage in a battle with USS Essex near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.
  • 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 Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hiroshima 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.
  • 1965
    The largest swimming pool in Europe was opened in Fürstenfeld, Austria.
  • 1965
    US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
  • 1966
    Braniff Airlines Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, NE killing all 42 on board.
  • 1990
    Gulf War: the United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
  • 1993
    Heavy rains and debris kill 72 in the Kagoshima and Aira areas of Kyūshū, Japan.
  • 1996
    NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
  • 2001
    Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to 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.
  • 2011
    A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.

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