Today In History August 6

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Today In History August 6

August 6 is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. One hundred forty-seven days remain until the end of the year. Over time, many significant incidents and events occurred on this date in history which included the Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II abdicates, Nuclear Bomb Hiroshima, Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherlands) become the 1st women to win 3 Olympics golds, Jamaica gains independence from Britain, Israel Suicide Bomber, and NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Lands.

Let’s discuss a few major Historical events in Today’s History i.e., August 6

What happened today in history in the year 1945?

The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, in Hiroshima, more than a quarter of a million people died due to the USA’s catastrophic nuclear bomb explosion. Another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki city of Japan on August 9, 1945. Over 2, 00,000 people died, and many were injured in this attack.

During the Second World War, Japan was against America and its allies, including Britain and the Soviet Union. The allies were winning the war, and Japan was pushed back from several locations. Japan had been at war for so many years, and several soldiers were dying every day. As a result, countries near to it, like China and Japan together attacked America. Japanese troops were so cruel that the soldiers of Britishers and Americans who had surrendered were treated badly by the Japanese soldiers.

The president of the United States, Harry S Truman, wanted to surrender to the Japanese soldiers as quickly as possible to save lives. So for that, he threw a nuclear bomb with a view that the Japanese, while seeing the destruction, will surrender.

What was invented today in history?

The World’s First Web Site

On August 6, 1991, without fanfare, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever Website while working at CERN, the huge particle physics lab in Switzerland. Fittingly, the Website was about the World Wide Web project, describing the Web and how to use it. Hosted at CERN on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer, the site’s URL was http://info.cern.ch.

This day in sports history in the year 1926.

Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel.

On August 6, 1926, on her second attempt, 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle became the 1stwoman to swim the 21 miles from Dover, England, to Cape Griz-Nez across the English Channel, which separates Great Britain from the north-western tip of France.

Only five men had ever swim the waterway before. The challenges included quickly changing tides, 6-foot waves, frigid temperatures, and lots of jellyfish. That day, Ederle not only made it across, but she also beat all of the previous men’s times swimming 35 miles in 14 and a half hours.

Reference:

  • history.com
  • britannica.com