On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, completing the journey in 14 hours 31 minutes.
U.S. military leader Paul Tibbets pilots the Enola Gay over Hiroshima, Japan, which drops the atomic bomb.
The fantasy epic A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is released. The book goes on to become an HBO series starring Peter Dinklage, among others.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the Terminator franchise, announces his bid for California governor during a Tonight Show taping.
General George Washington establishes the Badge of Military Merit, known today as the Purple Heart, to honor soldiers' meritorious actions in times of war.
Motown icon Stevie Wonder falls into a coma for several days after he's seriously injured in an motor vehicle accident.
Carl Yastrzemski's number 8 is retired by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, two weeks after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
FBI director Robert Mueller holds a special briefing for families and victims of the 2001 anthrax mailings, which killed five and sickened 17.
Born on This Day
Born: August 6, 1928
Birthplace: Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Painter, Filmmaker
Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter / 1970 -
M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker and screenwriter known for focusing on supernatural plots. He is best known for directing The Sixth Sense, which was released in 1999 to wide acclaim, including six Academy Award nominations.
1970 | 43 years old
Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
1881 | 73 years old
Born: August 6, 1911
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Occupation: Television Actress, Comedian
1917 | 79 years old
Film Actor, Songwriter, Singer
1809 | 83 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 6, 2009
Age: 59 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2005 | 78 years old
1660 | 61 years old
Died: August 6, 2004
Age: 56 years old
Place: Burbank, California , United States
2005 | 59 years old
1914 | 54 years old
U.S. First Lady
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