1787 – 60 copies of the Constitution of the United States were delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, William Kemmler was the first person to be executed by electric chair.
1926 – Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
1926 – In New York, New York, the Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone sound system premiered with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore, with music and sound effects.
1945 – Hiroshima, Japan was largely destroyed when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped by the B-29 Enola Gay. August 6th, 1945 at 8:16 a.m. was the deadliest moment in history, killing over 70,000 people in 5 seconds.
1956 – The DuMont Television Network made its final broadcast, A Boxing Match from the St. Nicholas Arena series.
1964 – Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree, at least 4862 years old, was cut down in Nevada.
1966 – In a post-fight interview, Howard Cosell honors Muhammad Ali’s wishes to no longer be referred to as Cassius Clay, making his new name more acceptable by everyone.
1970 – 200 ‘yippies’ invaded Disneyland, putting on a circus (acting like fools), climbing buildings, and singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme.
1986 – Rain fell a record 13 inches of rain in a single day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
1988 – Yo! MTV Raps premiered on MTV
1992 – Harold Russell sold his 1946 Best Supporting Actor award for $65,000.
1994 – #1 Hit August 6, 1994 – August 26, 1994: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – Stay (I Missed You)
1996 – NASA announced that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars and found in Antarctica, contained evidence of primitive life-forms.
2012 – NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars.