On This Day..... August 6

AUGUST 6TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

BIRTHDAYS:

  • EDITH ROOSEVELT (1861-1948)
  • LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989)
  • ROBERT MITCHUM (1917-1997)
  • ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
  • DAVID ROBINSON (1965, 53)
  • M. NIGHT SHAYMALAN (1970, 48)
  • GERI HALLIWELL (1972, 46)
  • VERA FARMIGA (1973, 45)
  • TRAVIS KALANICK (1976, 42)
  • SOLEIL MOON FRYE (1976, 42)
  • TRAVIS MCCOY (1981, 37)
  • JON BENET RAMSEY (1990-1996)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1661, THE DUTCH SIGN THE TREATY OF THE HAGUE WHICH SELLS BRAZIL TO PORTUGAL FOR 63 TONS OF GOLD
  • IN 1675, TSAR ALEXIS BANS FOREIGN HAIR STYLES IN RUSSIA
  • IN 1806, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE RENAMES ITSELF AUSTRIA
  • IN 1856, THE BELL IS ADDED TO THE CLOCK OF WESTMINSTER, BIG BEN
  • IN 1890, WILLIAM KEMMLER IS THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE VIA THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
  • IN 1914, PRESIDENT WILSON’S WIFE ELLEN DIES OF BRIGHT DISEASE
  • IN 1929, THE YOUNG PLAN GOES INTO EFFECT TO ALLOW GERMANY TO REPAY DEBTS AND REPARATIONS FROM WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1930, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOSEPH CRATER DISAPPEARS IN NEW YORK
  • IN 1932, THE VENICE FILM FESITVAL DEBUTS
  • IN 1939, “THE DINAH SHORE SHOW” DEBUTS ON NBC RADIO
  • IN 1945, THE U.S. DROPPED AN ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA
  • IN 1953, TED WILLIAMS RETURNS TO THE RED SOX LINE UP AFTER SERVING IN THE KOREAN WAR
  • IN 1960 CHUBBY CHECKER GOES ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND TO PERFORM “THE TWIST”
  • IN 1962, JAMAICA GAINS ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN
  • IN 1964, THE WORLD’S OLDEST TREE, NICKNAMED PROMETHEUS, IS CUT DOWN ACCIDENTALLY AFTER 4862 YEARS
  • IN 1965, THE BEATLES RELEASE “HELP”
  • IN 1965, PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
  • IN 1966, MUHAMMED ALI KNOCKS OUT BRIAN LONDON TO REGAIN THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
  • IN 1968, 64 YEAR OLD DR. SUESS MARRIES AUDREY STONE DIAMOND
  • IN 1972, HANK AARON HITS TWO HOME RUNS TO BREAK BABE RUTH’S RECORD
  • IN 1973, STEVIE WONDER GOES INTO A FOUR DAY COMA AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
  • IN 1981, STEVIE NICKS RELEASES HER DEBUT SOLO ALBUM “BELLA DONNA”
  • IN 1988, GUNS N ROSES GOES TO #1 WITH “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION” AFTER 57 WEEKS ON THE ALBUM CHART
  • IN 1989, THE RED SOX RETIRE CARL YASTREZEMSKI’S NUMBER 8
  • IN 1992, HAROLD RUSSELL SELLS HIS OSCAR FOR $65,000
  • IN 1993, ABC CANCELS “PERFECT STRANGERS”
  • IN 1994, LISA LOEB GOES TO #1 WITH “STAY”
  • IN 1996, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN RELEASES “A GAME OF THRONES”
  • IN 1996, PRESIDENT CLINTON IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON COMPANIES WHO INVEST IN IRAN OR LIBYA
  • IN 1996, THE RAMONES PERFORM TOGETHER FOR THE LAST TIME
  • IN 1997, MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES IT WILL INVEST $150 MILLION IN APPLE
  • IN 2001, MARION JONES IS DISQUALIFIED FROM THE 100M RUN AFTER 42 STRAIGHT VICTORIES FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS
  • IN 2001, A BRIEFING ENTITLED “BIN LADEN DETERMINED THE STRIKE THE U.S.” IS PLACED ON THE DESK OF PRESIDENT BUSH
  • IN 2004, RICK JAMES DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 56
  • IN 2009, JOHN HUGHES DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 59
  • IN 2012, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RELEASES “CRUISE”
  • IN 2015, JON STEWART RETIRES FROM “THE DAILY SHOW”
  • IN 2015, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE 2016 ELECTION DEBATE FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 2018, CHARLOTTE RAE DIES AT 92

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