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This Day In History: Aug. 6

This Day in History

1926: Gertrude Ederle, 19, becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel.
1945: The U.S. bomber Enola Gay drops the first atomic bomb, on the Japanese port of Hiroshima; some 75,000 people are killed.
1965: Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965, designed to stop attempts to discriminate against minorities at the polls.
1990: As a result of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the UN imposes a ban on all trade with Iraq and calls on member nations to protect the assets of Kuwait's legitimate government.
1998: Monica Lewinsky, testifying before a grand jury, admits having had a sexual relationship with Pres. Bill Clinton, but says she was never asked to lie.

Today's Birthdays

1809: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet (Somersby, Lincolnshire, England; died 1892)
1881: Sir Alexander Fleming, bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin (Lochfield, Scotland; died 1955)
1883: Scott Nearing, sociologist/antiwar crusader/back-to-the-land advocate (Morris Run, PA; died 1983)
1910: Charles Crichton, director (Wallasey, England; died 1999)
1911: Lucille Ball, actress/comedian (Butte, MT; died 1989)
1917: Robert Mitchum, actor (Bridgeport, CT; died 1997)
1928: Andy Warhol, artist (Pittsburgh, PA; died 1987)
1934: Piers Anthony, writer (Oxford, England)
1946: Roh Moo Hyun, president of South Korea (Kimhae, Korea)
1951: Dorian Harewood, actor (Dayton, OH)
1957: James McGreevey, former NJ governor (Jersey City, NJ)
1965: David Robinson, basketball player (Key West, FL)
1970: M. Night Shyamalan, film director (Pondicherry, India)
1972: Geri Halliwell, singer and former member of the Spice Girls (Hertfordshire, England)


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