6th August, on this day

258 St Sixtus II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
523 St Hormisdas ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1181 Supernova observed by Chinese and Japanese astronomers
1504 Birth of Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker. His long nose and extremely inquisitive nature give rise to the expression 'Nosey Parker'
1538 Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
1661 Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
1787 US Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
1806 End of the Holy Roman Empire when Francis II renounces the crown to become Francis I, Emperor of Austria
1815 US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
1825 Bolivia is proclaimed an indepenent republic after more than 300 years of Spanish rule
1844 The first press telegram in Britain is sent to The Times newspaper, announcing the birth of Prince Alfred to Queen Victoria
1845 Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg.
1854 Congress passes Confiscation Act
1861 British annexation of Lagos, Nigeria.
1862 CSA ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
1864 Rebels evacuate Ft Powell, Mobile Bayd
1870 White conservatives suppresed black vote and captured Tenn legislature
1870 Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Wœrth is fought, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory
1889 Opening of the Savoy Hotel in London
1890 Convicted murderer Walter Kemmler becomes the first man to be executed in the electric chair at Auburn Prison in New York
1901 Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
1909 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip
1914 First Battle of the Atlantic - Two days after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.
1914 Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia
1914 Serbia declares war against Germany
1915 Battle of Sari Bair - The Allies mount a diversionary attack timed to coincide with a major Allied landing of reinforcements at Suvla Bay.
1917 The Battle of Marasesti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
1918 World War I: The Marne Offensive - the last major German attack of the war, ends in failure with more than 100,000 German soldiers killed or wounded
1919 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
1926 19 year old American Gertrude Ederle from New York becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel - in 14 hours 34 minutes
1926 Warner Bros premiers Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY), Don Juan with John Barrymore shown
1926 Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
1934 US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915
1944 Deportation of 70,000 jews from Lodz, Poland to Auschwitz begins
1945 World War II: United States drop the world's first Atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima from the B29 bomber Enola Gay. The bomb reduces an area of five square miles to ashes and leaves more than 100,000 people dead
1946 US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court
1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
1949 In Britain, acid bath murderer John Haigh is executed
1951 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
1960 Cuban Revolution: In response to a United States embargo, Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
1961 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits), 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
1962 Jamaica proclaims its' independence after being a British colony for more than 300 years
1964 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down.
1965 Beatles release "Help" album in UK
1965 US Federal Voting Rights Act guarantees black voting rights
1966 Braniff Airlines Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, NE killing all 42 on board.
1974 Explosion and fire destory Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Wash
1981 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
1984 Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics
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.
1986 Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for the IBM
1988 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova dances with the Russian Kirov Ballet in London - 18 years after her defection to the West
1990 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstentions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
1991 Doi Takako, chair of the Social Democratic Party (Japan), becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
1993 According to Japanese government and Tokyo Broadcasting System networks report, heavy massive rain and debris blow occurred at widely Kagoshima and Aira area, Kyushu, Japan, killing 72.
1996 American scientists reveal they have found evidence of ancient life on Mars in the remnants of a meterorite discovered in Antarctica
1997 Korean Air Flight 801, a Boeing 747-300, crashes into the jungle on Guam on approach to airport, killing 228
2001 White House briefing entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. delivered to George W. Bush. This document foreshadowed the September 11, 2001 attacks.

6th August 2006

Hezbollah launches rocket barrage

Dozens killed in Ethiopia floods

Turkey begins controversial dam

6th August 2007

190,000 weapons 'missing in Iraq'

No US deal on Korean hostages

Giant cross to mark Stalin terror

6th August 2008

Bin Laden ex-driver found guilty

Olympic relay in Beijing climax

Mauritania coup

Clash in Pakistan

6th August 2009

Clinton threatens Eritrea action

Tonga sinking leaves 30 missing

Afghan bomb kills four US troops

6th August 2010

Pakistan floods 'hit 14m people'

Moscow under smog as wildfires burn

France removes Roma camps

Birthdates which occurred on 6th August :

1651 Francois Fenelon France, writer (Playing for Time)
1697 Charles VII Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)
1809 Alfred Lord Tennyson poet laureate of England
1861 Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt
1868 Paul Claudel France, diplomat/poet (L'Otage-1909)
1881 Sir Alexander Fleming cashed in on penicillin (Nobel 1954)
1883 Scott Nearing US sociologist/pacifist/author (The Good Life)
1893 Guthrie McClintic Seattle Wash, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset)
19-- De'Voreaux White actor (Head of the Class)
19-- Grant Aleksander Balt Md, actor (Phillip-Guiding Light)
19-- Ira Angustan Glendale Calif, actor (Ricky-White Shadow)
1906 Ken Strong NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
1908 Helen Jacobs US tennis champ (1932-35)
1910 Charles Crichton director (Battle of Sexes)
1911 Lucille Ball Jamestown NY, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy, Mame)
1916 Michael Burke sports executive (NY Yankees, NY Knicks)
1917 Robert Mitchum Bridgeport Ct, actor (Winds of War, North & South)
1921 Ella Raines Sinoqualmie Falls Wash, actress (Janice Dean RN)
1922 Sir Freddie Laker entrepreneur (Laker airlines)
1923 Jack Parnell London England, orch leader (Englebert Humperdick Show)
1923 Jackie Kelk Brooklyn NY, actor (Homer-Aldrich Family)
1923 William B Williams Babylon NY, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company)
1925 Barbara Bates Denver Colo, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life)
1927 Andy Warhol pop artist (or 08081930)
1927 William David Ford (Rep-D-Mich)
1928 Janice Lee York Romary US, fencer (Olympics-1952-68)
1929 Anneliese Kuppers German FR, equestrian dressage (Oly-silver-1956)
1930 Abbey Lincoln actress/singer (Nothing But a Man)
1934 John Storey Bonington UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
1938 Peter Bonerz Portsmouth NH, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5)
1940 Louise Sorel LA Calif, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion)
1943 Michael Anderson Jr London, actor (Clayt-The Monroes)
1943 Ray Buktenica Greenwich Village NYC, actor (Rhoda, House Calls)
1944 Swoosie Kurtz actress (Vice Versa, World According to Garp)
1945 Ken Norton heavyweight boxer (or 0809)
1947 Sally Eaton Ill, actress
1950 Dorian Harewood Dayton Ohio, actor (Earl-Glitter, Trauma Center)
1950 Nathan Purdee actor (Nathan-Young & Restless)
1950 Winston E Scott Miami Fla, USN Commander/astronaut
1951 Catherine Hicks Scottsdale Az, actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play)
1952 Carl C Perkins (Rep-D-Ky)
1952 Wojiech Fortuna Poland, ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
1956 Stephanie Kramer LA Calif, actress (Claudia-We Got it Made, Hunter)
1956 Vinnie Vincent heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
1959 Joyce Sims rocker (All & All)
1963 Kimberley Conrad Hefner Moulton Al, playmate of year (Jan, 1988)
1964 Moosie Drier Chic Ill, actor (Laugh-in)
1965 David Robinson NBA center (San Antonio Spurs)
1976 Soleil Moon Frye actress (Punky Brewster)


Deaths which occurred on August 6th:
1867 Faustin-lie Soulouque emperor of Haiti, dies (birth date unknown)
1914 Ellen Wilson Pres Wilson's wife, dies at 54
1964 Sir Cedric Hardwicke actor (Capt Hook-Peter Pan), dies at 71
1965 Nancy Carroll actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 60
1978 Pope Paul VI dies of heart attack at summer residence at 80
1979 Kurt Kaszner actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
1986 William J Schroeder (world's longest-survivor with permanent
artificial heart, dies after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
1991 Harry Reasoner newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68