today in history
Today is Saturday, August 6, the 218th day of 2022. There are 147 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the American B-29 Enola Gay superfortress dropped an atomic bomb codenamed “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan, causing an estimated 140,000 deaths. (Three days later, the United States blew up a nuclear device over Nagasaki; five days later, Imperial Japan surrendered.)
In this day:
In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire disappeared when Emperor Francis II abdicated.
In 1825, Upper Peru became the autonomous republic of Bolivia.
In 1942, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands became the first queen regnant to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite the Nazi occupation, her people’s motto remained “Don’t Surrender”. “.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
In 1973, entertainer Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident in North Carolina.
In 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Castel Gandolfo at the age of 80.
In 1991, the World Wide Web made its public debut as a means of accessing web pages over the Internet. Television journalist Harry Reasoner has died in Norwalk, Connecticut, at the age of 68.
In 1993, Louis Freeh won Senate confirmation to be director of the FBI.
In 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to announce his successful bid to replace California Governor Gray Davis.
In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68 to 31. John Hughes, 59, a Hollywood youth film director of the 1980s and 1990s, died in the New York City.
In 2011, insurgents shot down a US military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them from the same elite Marine commando unit that had killed Osama bin Laden; seven Afghan commandos were also killed.
In 2013, US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was tried at Fort Hood, Texas, accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 attack. (Hasan, who admitted carrying out the attack, was convicted and sentenced to dead).
Ten years ago: Syria’s prime minister, Riyadh Hijab, defected two months after President Bashar Assad forced him into office. Marvin Hamlisch, 68, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of movies, including “The Sting” and the Broadway hit “A Chorus Line,” has died in Los Angeles.
Five years ago: Vice President Mike Pence, in a statement released by the White House, called a New York Times report “disgraceful and offensive” that suggested he was laying the groundwork for a possible 2020 presidential bid if President Donald Trump do not run.
One year ago: New Jersey gym owner Scott Fairlamb and Washington state man Devlyn Thompson became the first people charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer (Fairlamb was sentenced to 41 months in prison; Thompson received nearly four years.) American Allyson Felix won her 10th Olympic track medal at the Tokyo Games with a bronze in the 400 meters, the most medals won by a woman in Olympic history. (She would earn an eleventh the following day.) The US team of April Ross and Alix Klineman won gold in beach volleyball.
Today’s Birthday: Child actress Ella Jenkins is 98 years old. Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 84. Actor Louise Sorel is 82. Actor Michael Anderson Jr. is 79. Actor Ray Buktenica is 79. Actor Dorian Harewood is 72. Actress Catherine Hicks is 71. Rock singer Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) is 70 years old. Country musician Mark DuFresne is 69. Actor Stepfanie Kramer is 66. Actor Faith Prince is 65. R&B singer Randy DeBarge is 64. Actor Leland Orser is 62. Actress Michelle Yeoh (yoh) is 60. Country singers Patsy and Peggy Lynn are 58 years old. Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson is 57. Actor Jeremy Ratchford is 57. Actor Benito Martinez is 54. Country singer Lisa Stewart is 54. Writer and film director M. Night Shyamalan ( SHAH’ -mah-lahn) is 52. Actor Merrin Dungey is 51. Singer Geri Halliwell Horner is 50. Actor Jason O’Mara is 50. Actor Vera Farmiga is 49. Actor Ever Carradine is 48. Actor Soleil (soh-LAY’) Moon Frye is 46 years old. Actress Melissa George is 46 years old. Rock singer Travis McCoy is 41 years old. Actor Leslie Odom Jr. is 41 years old. The actor Romola Garai is 40 years old. American Olympic and WNBA basketball star A’ja Wilson is 26.
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