Famous birthdays, deaths and events of August 6
1619 - Barbara Strozzi, Italian singer and composer (d. 1677) 1644 - Louise de la Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1710) 1666 - Maria Sofia of the Palatinate, queen of Portugal (d. 1699) 1715 - Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues 1809 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet (d. 1892) 1826 - Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (d. 1915) 1868 - Paul Claudel, French poet (d. 1955) 1877 - Wallace H. White, Jr. 1880 - Hans Moser, Austrian actor (d. 1964) 1881 - Leo Carrillo, American actor (d. 1961) 1881 - Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (d. 1972) 1887 - Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (d. 1957) 1888 - Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (d. 1952) 1889 - John Middleton Murry, English poet (d. 1957) 1892 - Hoot Gibson, American actor (d. 1962) 1902 - Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935) 1906 - Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984) 1908 - Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (d. 1997) 1908 - Will Lee, American actor (d. 1982) 1910 - Charles Crichton, British film director (d. 1999) 1911 - Lucille Ball, American actress (d. 1989) 1911 - Norman Gordon, South African cricketer 1914 - Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980) 1917 - Robert Mitchum, American actor (d. 1997) 1918 - Norman Granz, American record producer (d. 2001) 1920 - Ella Raines, American actress (d. 1988) 1925 - Barbara Bates, American actress (d. 1969) 1926 - Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007) 1926 - Frank Finlay, British actor 1926 - Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999) 1928 - Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005) 1930 - Abbey Lincoln, American jazz singer 1933 - A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer (d. 1987) 1934 - Piers Anthony, English writer 1934 - Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer 1937 - Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000) 1937 - Barbara Windsor, English actress 1938 - Paul Bartel, American actor (d. 2000) 1938 - Peter Bonerz, American actor 1940 - Louise Sorel, American actress 1941 - Lyle Berman, American poker player 1941 - Ray Culp, American baseball player 1942 - George Jung, American convicted drug felon 1945 - Ron Jones, British TV director (d. 1995) 1945 - Andy Messersmith, American baseball player 1946 - Allan Holdsworth, British musician 1946 - Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian 1947 - Tony Dell, Australian cricketer 1949 - Dino Bravo, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1993) 1950 - Dorian Harewood, American actor 1951 - Catherine Hicks, American actress 1951 - Daryl Somers, Australian television personality 1952 - Vinnie Vincent, American musician (Kiss) 1953 - Iqbal Qasim, Pakistani cricketer 1954 - Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer 1957 - Bob Horner, American baseball player 1960 - Dale Ellis, American basketball player 1962 - Marc Lavoine, French singer and actor 1962 - Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress 1963 - Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker 1964 - Moosie Drier, American actor and director 1965 - Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer 1965 - Juliane Köhler, German actress 1965 - David Robinson, American basketball player 1965 - Mark Speight, British television presenter (d. 2008) 1965 - Vincent Wells, England cricketer 1967 - Mike Greenberg, American sportscaster 1967 - Julie Snyder, Quebec talk show host and producer 1969 - Simon Doull, New Zealand cricketer 1969 - Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003) 1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, Indian/American film director 1970 - Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist 1971 - Merrin Dungey, American actress 1971 - Scott Minto, English footballer 1971 - Piyal Wijetunge, Sri Lankan cricketer 1972 - Geri Halliwell, British singer (Spice Girls) 1973 - Vera Farmiga, American actress 1973 - Max Kellerman, American sportscaster 1973 - Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist 1974 - Ever Carradine, American actress 1974 - Luis Vizcaino, Dominican baseball player 1975 - Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player 1975 - Renate Götschl, Austrian alpine skier 1975 - Jamie McGonnigal, American actor 1976 - Melissa George, Australian actress 1976 - Soleil Moon Frye, American actress 1977 - Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer 1977 - Jennifer Lyons, American actress 1977 - Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer 1977 - Luciano Zavagno, Argentine footballer 1978 - Marisa Miller, American model 1980 - Danny Collins, Welsh footballer 1980 - Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer 1982 - Adrianne Curry, American model and reality television personality 1982 - Karl Davies, British actor 1982 - Justin Germano, American baseball player 1982 - Kevin van der Perren, Belgian figure skater 1982 - Ryan Sypek, American actor 1983 - Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer 1985 - Garrett Weber-Gale, American Olympic swimmer
1162 - Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona 1623 - Anne Hathaway, (Shakespeare's wife) 1637 - Ben Jonson, English writer (b. 1572) 1657 - Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble 1679 - John Snell, English royalist (b. 1629) 1794 - Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst 1850 - Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805) 1866 - John Mason Neale, English divine 1904 - Eduard Hanslick, Austrian music critic (b. 1825) 1931 - Bix Beiderbecke, American musician (b. 1903) 1946 - Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (b. 1903) 1959 - Preston Sturges, American playwright 1964 - Sir Cedric Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1893) 1966 - Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913) 1973 - Memphis Minnie, American blues singer (b. 1897) 1974 - Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925) 1976 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist (b. 1903) 1983 - Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944) 1986 - Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor 1991 - Harry Reasoner, American television reporter (b. 1923) 1993 - Tex Hughson, American baseball player (b. 1916) 1994 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer and songwriter (b. 1928) 2001 - Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912) 2001 - Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930) 2004 - Rick James, American musician (b. 1948) 2005 - Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927) 2005 - Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928) 2007 - Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini 2009 - John Hughes, American film director and writer (born 1950) 2009 - Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter (born 1950)
1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. 1661 - The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic. 1787 - Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention. 1806 - Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates ending the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. 1819 - Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States. 1825 - Bolivia gains independence from Spain. 1845 - The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg. 1861 - The British annex Lagos, Nigeria. 1862 - American Civil War: the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering damage in a battle with USS Essex near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 1870 - Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Wœrth is fought, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory. 1890 - At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair. 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. 1912 - The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum. 1914 - World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic 1914 - World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia. 1914 - Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I. 1915 - World War I: Battle of Sari Bair 1917 - World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins. 1923 - Henry Sullivan swims the English Channel. 1926 - Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim across the English Channel. 1926 - In New York, the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore. 1926 - Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping. 1942 - Queen Wilhelmina becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress. 1945 - World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when an atomic bomb, "Little Boy", is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people were killed instantly, and some tens of thousands died in subsequent years due to burns and radiation poisoning. 1956 - After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena. 1958 - Australian runner Herb Elliot breaks the world record for the mile at the Morton Stadium in Dublin, with a time of 3:54.5. 1960 - Cuban Revolution: in response to a United States embargo, Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation. 1961 - Cosmonaut Gherman Titov makes the second successful manned orbital flight for the (USSR). 1962 - Jamaica becomes independent. 1964 - Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down. 1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. 1966 - Braniff Airlines Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, NE killing all 42 on board. 1976 - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi. 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. 1988 - The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7. 1990 - Gulf War: the United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. 1991 - 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 a Japanese government and Tokyo Broadcasting System networks report, heavy rains and debris kill 72 in the Kagoshima and Aira areas, of Kyūshū, Japan. 1996 - NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms. 1997 - Korean Air Flight 801, a Boeing 747-300, crashes into the jungle on Guam on approach to airport, killing 228. 2008 - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. 2012 - Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, successfully lands on Mars.