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.
  • 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.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.
  • 1861
    The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.
  • 1914
    World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia.
  • 1926
    Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1930
    Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears never to be seen again.
  • 1940
    Estonia was illegally annexed by the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree, is cut down.
  • 1965
    The largest swimming pool in Europe was opened in Fürstenfeld, Austria.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Doi Takako, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 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.

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