On This Day: August 6th

August 6th:

1945- Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”

1965- US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities

1497- Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) – first European to do so since the Vikings

1825- Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)

1845- The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg

1861- US Congress passes First Confiscation Act

1864- Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell in Mobile Bay, Alabama

1896- France annexes Madagascar

1914- WWI: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia

1919- 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)

1926- American Gertrude Ederle (20) becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel in 14 hours, 39 minutes, a record for male or female

1939- 1st broadcast of “Dinah Shore Show” on NBC-radio

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