Browsing: August 6

A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on August 6th.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On August 6, 1917, future actor, composer, and singer Robert Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. On August 6, 1945, near end of World War II, a modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber dropped a uranium gun-type (“Little Boy”) bomb on Hiroshima. On August 6, 1945,…

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A Brief History On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, a professor with ties to the University of Oxford and MIT, announced his invention, plans for what he called the “World Wide Web.”  The head of a committee that seeks to ever increase the utility and efficacy of the internet, Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium. Digging Deeper Holding numerous positions in computer, internet, and charitable organizations, Berners-Lee has also been the recipient of many awards and recognition for his contribution to modern society, including being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. While Berners-Lee might not…

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A Brief History On August 6, 1996, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States announced that a piece of a meteorite believed to have originated on Mars known as Allan Hills 84001 contained traces of extraterrestrial life. Digging Deeper The meteorite, found in the Allan Hills in Antarctica back in 1984, contained fossils of  bacteria, which implies that such life had existed on Mars when the chunk of rock broke off and made its journey to Earth. Of course, the world took this news with enormous interest, and even President Clinton dedicated a speech about the discovery. …

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A Brief History On August 6, 2021, we got to watch our long awaited viewing of the latest film in the DC comic book based movie universe, The Suicide Squad, a sequel to the 2016 blockbuster movie, Suicide Squad, though in a stand alone sort of way, using some of but not all the same characters.  In a word, this movie is Great!  Action, lots of colorful action, gore and comedy rolled into a 132 minute package that feels like a half hour of mayhem.  Wow, this time they really hit the mark… Digging Deeper While we do not like…

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A Brief History On Friday, August 6, 2021, the popular YouTube channel UsefulCharts published a video counting down the top ten greatest ancient dynasties of all time.  Our nomination for the “Greatest Ancient Dynasty of All-Time” has to be the “Five Good Emperors” of Rome, specifically Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius.  After all, the Roman Senate bestowed the title “Optimus Princeps” or “The Best Ruler” on the second of these emperors, Trajan. Digging Deeper Ruling from 96 AD through 180 AD, their succession was of the “adoptive” variety, whereby each emperor would choose his heir by merit rather…

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