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Today in history: 6 August


Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb onHiroshima, Japan—the blast killed more than 70,000 people and destroyed most of the city—in an effort to hasten the end of World War II.

Image: U.S. Department of Energy

1661 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal

1890 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the 1st person to be executed by electric chair

1945 Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"

1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities

1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet

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