Famous Events on this Day in History, August 06:

258 - St Sixtus II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
523 - St Hormisdas ends his reign as Catholic Pope
768 - [Constantine] ends his reign as Catholic Pope
939 - Battle at Simancas-Spain beats Moors
1181 - Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers
1497 - John Cabot returns to Bristol from North-America
1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
1588 - Spanish Armada under Medina Sidonia anchors
1600 - Henry IV of France invades Savoy after negotiations break down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588
1601 - Spanish garrison of Meurs surrender to earl Mauritius
1623 - Maffeo Barberini elected Pope Urban VIII
1625 - Earl Earnest Casimir appointed as viceroy of Groningen
1661 - Holland sells Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders
1661 - The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
1675 - Russian Czar Aleksei bans foreign hairs cut
1726 - Emperor Karel VI & tsarina Catharina the Great sign military treaty
1774 - Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY
1787 - Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
1806 - Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
1815 - US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli
1819 - Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
1821 - 1st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels
1824 - Battle at Junan - Simon Bolívars army beats Spanish
1825 - Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)
1845 - The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg.
1854 - Congress passes Confiscation Act
1861 - Lexington KY-Union milt camp forms in neutral state
1861 - The British annex Lagos, Nigeria.
1862 - Confederate Army ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
1864 - Rebels evacuate Ft Powell, Mobile Bayd
1870 - Battle at Spicheren: Prussia beats France
1870 - White conservatives suppresed black vote & captured Tenn legislature
1890 - Cy Young pitches & wins 1st game
1890 - Denton True "Cy" Young pitched his 1st major league baseball game
1890 - At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
1896 - France annexes Madagascar
1901 - Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
1905 - 26.7 cm rainfall at Princeton, Indiana (state record)
1908 - St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
1909 - Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
1910 - NYC Mayor Wm J Gaynor seriously wounded during assassination attempt
1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia & Serbia
1914 - French cavalry enter Belgium
1914 - German Zeppelin bombs Liege City, 9 killed
1914 - Serbia declares war against Germany
1914 - Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.
1917 - World War I: Battle of Marasesti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
1918 - Ferdinand Foch becomes marshal of France
1918 - In WW I 2nd battle of the Marne ends
1919 - 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
1919 - Romanian forces destroys Bela Kun Republic in Budapest
1921 - Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
1926 - NY's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel
1926 - Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
1926 - Don Juan with John Barrymore shown
1926 - Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
1930 - Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC
1930 - Remains of Solomon Andrees' balloon expedition to North Pole in 1897, found at Kvit oya Spitsbergen
1934 - US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915
1936 - 1st time in 20th century, 1st 2 batters in a game-Roy Johnson & Rabbit Warstler of Boston Bees-lead off with HRs
1937 - Franco-artillery fire on Madrid
1937 - Indians overturn Yankees' 7-6 win by a protest
1937 - US & USSR sign trade treaty
1939 - 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
1940 - Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
1941 - Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
1942 - -8] Riots by Dutch Jews
1942 - Assinibaine destroyer sinks U-210
1942 - Churchill fires Gen Auchinlek as Middle-East commandant
1942 - Goering proclaims occupied areas "thoroughly empty to plunder"
1943 - US 1st Infantry division occupies node Troina Sicily
1944 - All 1,200 Jewish death marchers from Lipcani Moldavia have died
1944 - Anti-German attack at Avranches fails
1944 - Deportation of 70,000 Jews from Lodz Poland to Auschwitz begins
1944 - US 20th Army corp under general Walker occupies Nantes
1945 - Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by "Enola Gay"
1945 - Keith Miller scores 110 in the 4 Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
1946 - US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court
1947 - 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
1948 - Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
1948 - Dreesgovt (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) forms
1948 - Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
1949 - Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
1951 - Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
1952 - Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout
1953 - Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
1954 - WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 - After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.
1958 - Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
1960 - Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
1961 - Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
1961 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1961 - 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
1962 - Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
1964 - Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Ecclesiam Suam
1964 - Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down.
1965 - 32nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 24, All-Stars 16 (68,000)
1965 - Beatles release "Help" album in UK
1965 - Federal Voting Rights Act guarantees black voting rights
1965 - Indian troops invade Pakistan
1965 - LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks
1966 - Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Brian London
1966 - Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
1966 - Salazarbrug over Tag opens (longest suspension bridge of Europe)
1966 - US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam
1967 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1967 - Minn Twin Dean Chance perfect games Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in 5 innings
1967 - Oriole Brooks Robinson hits into a record 4th triple play
1967 - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Pro comperto sane
1969 - Balt Orioles pull their 3rd triple play (5-4-3 vs KC Royals)
1970 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1972 - Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
1972 - Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team)
1972 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic
1973 - Roberto Clemente & Warren Spahn inducted into Hall of Fame
1973 - Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma
1974 - 6th time Phils get just 1 assist in game; no other team did it twice
1974 - Explosion & fire destory Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Wash
1976 - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
1977 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate European Women's Golf Open
1978 - 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
1978 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
1979 - 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
1979 - Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel
1980 - University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles & post-season play due to transcript & curriculum abuses
1981 - Argentina ex-president Isabel Peron freed
1981 - Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
1981 - NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
1981 - crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
1982 - 22nd Curtis Cup: US, 14½-3½
1982 - Calif Doug DeCinces hits 3 HRs again in game (did it 5 days ago also)
1982 - WQXI (Atlanta) is 1st to use Harris Corp AM stereo system
1983 - Minn Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
1983 - Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
1984 - 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
1984 - Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics
1985 - 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
1985 - Major League Baseball Players Assn go on strike
1985 - Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
1985 - STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad
1986 - Orioles (Dwyer & Sheets) & Rangers (Harrah) hit record 3 grand slams
1986 - Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
1986 - Record 3 grand slams hit in game Tx vs Balt (Harrah, Sheets & Dwyer)
1988 - Oakland A's Jose Canseco becomes 11th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases
1988 - Rich Gossage 300th career save (beats Phillies)
1988 - The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7.
1989 - "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
1989 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
1989 - Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski's #8
1989 - Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
1989 - Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
1990 - NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 11th HR in 1st 86 at bats
1990 - Pres Ghulam Ishaq Kahn dismisses premier Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan
1990 - UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba & Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
1991 - Debbie Doom (US) pitches 2nd consecutive perfect game in women's softball at the Pan American Games, beats Nicaragua, 8-0
1991 - Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
1992 - Harold Wilson's academy award is auctioned for $60,500
1993 - Japan Hosokawa govt begins
1993 - Pope John Paul II publishes Veritatis splendor encyclical
1994 - Algerian Moslem fundamentalists threaten school/Universities
1995 - "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances
1995 - Dottie Mochrie wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mountain
1995 - Indians & Browns play in Cleveland on same day for 1st time ever both lose - Chicago 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
1995 - Thousands of people in Hiroshima tribute on 50th anniversary of bomb
1996 - NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars (ALH84001)
1997 - Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
1997 - NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
2008 - Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia.
2008 - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
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