Today's Holidays for August 6
Feast Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord Commemorating Christ revealing his divinity to Peter, James, and John on Mt. Tabor.
Today's History Trivia for August 6
1945 First Atomic Bomb Used in War A uranium fission bomb with an estimated yield of 20,000 tons is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the U.S. from the B-29 Enola Gay. 100,000 people are killed and 60% of the city is destroyed.
2001 9-11 A White House briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." is given to George W. Bush. It stated that a large attack was to take place on United States soil. The target cities included New York City and Washington, D.C. It also mentioned the use of hijacked planes. Source CNN
1993 Boxing's fastest title-fight knockout Gerald McClellan defends his World Boxing Council middleweight title by knocking out Jay Bell with a body shot 30 seconds into the bout.
1992 First person to publicly sell their own Oscar Harold Russell sells his 1946 Best Supporting Actor award for $65,000.
1990 Gulf War In response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, the United Nations orders a boycott of Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
1970 200 Yippies invade Disneyland putting on a circus, climbing buildings, and singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme.
1969 The Green Berets' former commander and seven members are arrested for killing a suspected Vietnamese double agent.
1962 Jamaica gains its independence, and becomes a member of the British Commonwealth.
1926 First woman to swim the English Channel Gertrude Ederle of New York, completing the swim in just under 15 hours, beating the men's record by almost two hours. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1890 First Electric-Chair Execution Convicted murderer William Kemmler is executed in New York. He had murdered his common-law wife with a hatchet.
1806 Holy Roman Empire The great empire is formally dissolved after the last Holy Roman Emperor Francis II abdicates following a military defeat by the French Army under Napoleon.
1774 Ann Lee, founder of Shakerism in America, arrives in New York City.
Today's Birthdays for August 6
1943 Jonathan Bruce Postel d. 1998 American computer scientist, Internet pioneer. Referred to as the "God of the Internet." He was responsible for assigning addresses to domain names and for editing RFCs (Request for Comments). Also known for Postel's Law: "Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others."
1990 JonBenét Ramsey d. 1996 American child beauty pageant queen, murder victim. Her murder in her Boulder, Colorado home drew national attention. The day after her death, the Ramsey's discovered she was missing and found a three-page ransom note. Her body was later found in the wine cellar. Trace DNA taken from her clothes was found to belong to an unknown male. This case is still unsolved.
1976 Soleil Moon Frye American actress. TV: Punky Brewster (title role).
1943 Ray Buktenica American actor. TV: Rhoda (Brenda's boyfriend Benny).
1943 Michael Anderson Jr English actor. Film: Logan's Run (1976). TV: The Monroes (Clayt Monroe).
1938 Peter Bonerz American actor. TV: The Bob Newhart Show (Jerry the dentist).
1917 Robert Mitchum d. 1997 American actor. Film: The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Thunder Road (1958). At age 14, he was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang for vagrancy, from which he escaped.
1892 Hoot Gibson d. 1962 (Edmund Richard Gibson), American silent-western actor, performing in some 200 silent films and 75 talkies from 1912-59. He also won the title of World's All-Around Champion Cowboy (1912).
1881 Sir Alexander Fleming d. 1955 English bacteriologist. He discovered the bacteria fighting capabilities of penicillin (1928), for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize (1945).
1809 Lord Alfred Tennyson d. 1892 English poet, poet laureate of England (1850-92). He wrote Charge of the Light Brigade (1855), inspired by the Crimean War battle.
Deaths for August 6
2016 Pete Fountain b. 1930 (Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr.), American jazz clarinetist, New Orleans French Quarter musician. As a member of the Lawrence Welk orchestra, he was one of the most famous musicians on TV. However, he was fired by Welk for "jazzing up" a Christmas song.
2012 Marvin Hamlisch b. 1944 American Oscar-Grammy-winning composer. Music: A Chorus Line (1975), The Way We Were (1973), and The Sting (1973).
2004 Rick James b. 1948 (James Johnson), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Come Get It (1978), Give It to Me Baby (1981, #1), and Super Freak (1981). In 1994 he was sentenced to 5½ years in prison for violent drug-induced attacks on women.
1991 Harry Reasoner b. 1923 American newscaster (What do you get if you cross a gorilla with a computer?).
1978 Paul VI b. 1897 (Giovanni Battista Montini), 262nd Pope (1963-78). He was the first pope to fly in an airplane, the first to visit Jesus' birthplace, and the first to visit the U.S.
1938 Warner Oland b. 1879 (Johan Verner Ölund), Swedish-born actor. Film: Dr. Fu Manchu movies (title role), Charlie Chan movies (title role), and Werewolf of London (1935, where he played the first werewolf in a major Hollywood film).
1458 Calixtus III b. 1378 (Alfons de Borja), Spanish-born religious leader, 209th Pope (1455-58). He vindicated Joan of Arc, proclaiming her innocent. He made his nephew, Rodrigo Borgia, cardinal and generalissimo of the papal forces, with him later becoming Pope Alexander VI.
523 Saint Hormisdas b. ???? religious leader, 52nd Pope (514-523).
258 Saint Sixtus II b. ???? Greek-born religious leader, 24th Pope (257-258).