On This Day In History, 6 August


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World Events Today

  • The Second Battle of the Marne, the last major German offensive on the Western Front during World War I, ended today in 1918
  • Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom today in 1962, it is now a national holiday
  • Steve Jobs announced that Microsoft had invested 150 million US Dollars in Apple today in 1997

Entertainment Events Today

  • Chubby Checker performed “The Twist” on television for the first time today in 1960, it started a world-wide dance craze
  • The British rock band the Beatles released Help, their fifth studio album, today in 1965, it included the singles Help and Ticket to Ride
  • The American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder was involved in a serious car accident today in 1973, it left him in a coma for 4 days

Family Events Today

  • The English airline entrepreneur Freddie Laker, founder of Laker Airways, one of the first “low cost, no-frills” airlines, was born today in 1922 in Kent
  • The English actress Dame Barbara Windsor, star of many “Carry On” movies and Peggy Mitchell in the BBC 1 soap opera EastEnders, was born today in 1937 in London
  • Geraldine Estelle Halliwell, better known as the English singer “Ginger Spice” of girl group the Spice Girls, was born today in 1972 in London

Main Event Today

  • The Enola Gay, during the final stages of World War II, dropped the first atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy”, on the city of Hiroshima in Japan today in 1945

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Fresh Breath Day

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