Shimla, Aug 6 Keekli Bureau
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.
NASA’s robotic vehicle Curiosity (also called Mars Science Laboratory) landed on Mars and soon began transmitting images of the planet’s surface.
At the Palace in Los Angeles, the hugely influential punk rock band the Ramones played their last concert.
The UN Security Council imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, ruled by Saddam Hussein, for its invasion of Kuwait four days earlier.
After 300 years of British rule, Jamaica became an independent country within the Commonwealth of Nations.
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.
Estonia lost its independence when the Soviet Union annexed the country.
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)
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.
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.
Bolivia declared its independence from Spain.
English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian Age in poetry, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire.
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.