On This Day in History – August 6 – Almanac
Today is Saturday August 6, the 218th day of 2022 with 147 to follow.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1809; First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1861; Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons in 1881; the Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, in 1881; Basketball Hall of Famer Henry Iba in 1904; actress Lucille Ball in 1911; actor Robert Mitchum in 1917; the artist Andy Warhol in 1928; the writer Piers Anthony in 1934 (88); actor Catherine Hicks in 1951 (age 71); actor Michelle Yeoh in 1962 (age 60); Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson in 1965 (age 57); director M. Night Shyamalan in 1970 (age 52); singer Geri Halliwell in 1972 (age 50); actor Vera Farmiga in 1973 (49 years old); actor Soleil Moon Frye in 1976 (age 46); actor Leslie Odom Jr. in 1981 (age 41); model Adrianne Curry in 1982 (age 40); actor Ty Simpkins in 2001 (age 21).
On this historical date:
In 1890, the first execution by electric chair was carried out. William Kemmler was put to death in Auburn Prison in New York for the ax murder of his girlfriend.
In 1926, Gertrude Ederle of New York became the first American to swim across the English Channel.
In 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later an atomic bomb hit Nagasaki and Japan quickly surrendered, ending World War II.
In 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. The measure prohibited states from conducting discriminatory voting practices.
In 1969, Robert Rheault, commander of the Green Berets during the Vietnam War, and seven of his subordinates were arrested for summarily executing Thai Khac Chuyen, a Vietnamese civilian whom they suspected of being a double agent. The charges were later dropped, the military said, in the interest of national security.
In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at the age of 80 following a heart attack. He had led the Roman Catholic Church for 15 years.
In 1986, William Schroeder died of a stroke in Louisville, Kentucky after 620 days with the Jarvik-7 mechanical heart. At the time, he had been the longest-serving permanent artificial heart patient.
In 1997, a Korean Airjetliner crashed in Guam’s capital, Adana, killing 228 people.
In 2009, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court by a vote of 68 to 31.
In 2011, Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan shot down a Chinook transport helicopter, killing 30 Americans and eight Afghans. Officials said it was the highest death toll in the United States in a single incident in the decade-old war.
In 2012, US President Barack Obama signed a law banning demonstrations within 300 feet of military funerals 2 hours before or after services.
In 2018, rival leaders in South Sudan signed a power-sharing deal to end a five-year civil war and form a transitional government.
A thought for the day: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. — British physicist Stephen Hawking