135 AD: The Romans end the Bar Kokhba Revolt as they siege Betar.
1506: During the Battle of Kletsk, the Crimean Khanate is defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1538: Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada founds Bogotá, Colombia.
1777: The Battle of Oriskany prevents the relief of Fort Stanwix by the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.
1806: Francis II abdicates and thereby ends the Holy Roman Empire.
1825: Bolivia gains its Independence from Spain.
1945: The United States drops the H-bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. “Little Boy” as it was nicknamed, was dropped by the U.S B-29 the Enola Gay. It killed over 70,000 people instantly and tens of thousands more die from radiation poisoning and burns.
1956: the DuMont Television Networks makes it final broadcast – a boxing match from St.Nicholas Area in New York.
1960: Cuba nationalizes all foreign-owned property in the country during the Cuban Revolution.
1962: Jamaica declares its independence from the U.K.
1965: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is signed into law by U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1990: The UN Security Council declares a global trade embargo to begin against Iraq. This was in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
1996: NASA tells the world that the ALH 84001 meteorite – a meteorite thought to have come to Earth from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life forms.
2011: A U.S military helicopter is shot down in Afghanistan. It kills 30 American special forces, 7 Afghan solders and 1 civilian. Up until this point, it was the deadliest single event in the War in Afghanistan.
Famous Birthdays on August 6
Japanese Emperor Go-Toba is born in 1180.
English Archbishop Matthew Parker is born in 1504.
Ottoman Prince Fakhr-al-Din II is born in 1572.
American actor Dorian Harewood is born in 1950.
American actress Catherine Hicks is born in 1951.
English businesswoman and politician Lorna Fitzsimons is born in 1967.
American journalist and sportscaster Mike Greenberg is born in 1967.