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

  • 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.
  • 1825
    Bolivia gains independence from Spain.
  • 1845
    The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg.
  • 1861
    The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 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.
  • 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 Helgoland 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.
  • 1926
    Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1926
    In New York City, the Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
  • 1953
    Venerable Pius XII establishes the Dioceses of Norwich and Bridgeport and makes the Diocese of Hartford an archdiocese.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1966
    Braniff Airlines Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, NE killing all 42 on board.
  • 1986
    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.
  • 1996
    NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
  • 2008
    A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

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