Shimla, Aug 6 Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2015

American comedian Jon Stewart hosted his last episode of The Daily Show, a satiric news program that became a leading forum for current events, especially politics.

2012

NASA’s robotic vehicle Curiosity (also called Mars Science Laboratory) landed on Mars and soon began transmitting images of the planet’s surface.

1996

At the Palace in Los Angeles, the hugely influential punk rock band the Ramones played their last concert.

1990

The UN Security Council imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, ruled by Saddam Hussein, for its invasion of Kuwait four days earlier.

1962

After 300 years of British rule, Jamaica became an independent country within the Commonwealth of Nations.

1945

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 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.

1940

Estonia lost its independence when the Soviet Union annexed the country.

1926

Gertrude Ederle, age 19, of New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel, breaking the men’s record by nearly two hours.

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. ggbain 37118)

1911

American radio and motion-picture actress and television comedian Lucille Ball, who was best remembered for her classic television comedy series I Love Lucy, was born in Celoron, New York.

1890

Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed by electric chair; he was put to death in Auburn State Prison, New York.

1825

Bolivia declared its independence from Spain.

1809

English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian Age in poetry, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire.

1806

After a thousand years the Holy Roman Empire came to its official end, with the secession of its confederated states, when Emperor Francis II of Austria put down the imperial crown.

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