Lost and Found – August 6th Edition

What to remember about August 6th…

  • 1862  Rebel crew of the ironclad CSS Arkansas destroy their own ship to avoid its capture by Union forces
  • 1890  William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed for murder in the electric chair
  • 1926  American swimmer Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel
  • 1926  Escape artist Harry Houdini spends 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before emerging
  • 1945  America drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by order of President Truman; millions of casualties averted
  • 1965  President Lyndon Johnson signs Voting Rights Act
  • 1996  NASA announces that is has found evidence of primitive life on a meteorite thought to be from Mars
  • 2009  Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed by the Senate as the 1st hispanic Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • 2011  Helicopter carrying U.S. special operations troops is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38

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