August 6 in Pop Culture History

August 6th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 6th History Highlights

  • 1890 – The first electrocution as the death penalty was carried out in Auburn, NY. William Kemmler was executed for murdering his common-law wife, Matilde Ziegler.
  • August 6, 1921 Birthday (fictional) Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy, TV
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel (14 hours, 31 minutes).
  • 1945, August 6, 8:15 AM, an atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, injuring or killing over 200,000 people.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed, designed to make voting easier for minorities.
  • If you were born on August 6th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 13th (prior year)

August 6th is…

Fresh Breath Day
IPA Day – First Thursday in August
Root Beer Float Day
Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 6th Birthday Quotes

“You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.”
– David Robinson

” One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on Sept. 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did.”
– Alexander Fleming

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
– Lucille Ball

“You don’t get to celebrate yourself unless you risk being mocked or rejected. As an artist, you cannot play it safe. You just can’t.”
– M. Night Shyamalan

Andy Warhol Birthday Quotes

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest, All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the president knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
– Andy Warhol

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
– Andy Warhol

When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.
– Andy Warhol

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
– Andy Warhol

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
– Andy Warhol

August 6th Birthdays

1848 – Susie Taylor, American writer and first African-American Army nurse (died in 1912)
1881 – Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1955)
1881 – Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (died in 1972)
1902 – Dutch Schultz, American gangster (died in 1935)
1911 – Lucille Ball, American comedic actress and television producer (died in 1989)
1917 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (died in 1997)
1926 – Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (died in 1999)
1965 – David Robinson, American basketball player
1970 – M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, and screenwriter
1972 – Geri Halliwell, English singer, dancer, and actress

August 6th History

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.

August 6, 1921 Birthday (fictional) Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy, TV

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.

1930 – Joseph Crater, a New York Supreme Court judge, disappeared. He was declared dead in 1939.

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.

August 6, 1952 (fiction) Hellboy was granted honorary human status by the United Nations, Comic Books

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 in 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.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Flies is called a Business or Swarm or Cloud.

Star Wars Episodes 1-6 is basically Darth Vader’s life story.

The world record for the oldest cat ever is held by Creme Puff, who lived for 38 years. She lived from Aug 3rd, 1967 to Aug 6th, 2005.

“And the sign said ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.'” #songlyrics

Johnny Rotten – Real Name: John Lydon

The serial killer “Ghost face” from the Scream film franchise was based on ‘The Scream’ painting by Edvard Munch.

Frank Zappa coined the term “Groupie”.

Raquel Welch – Real Name: Raquel Tejada

The phrase “…as American as apple pie” has only been around since the 1960s.

A group of Angels is called a Host.

10 rations = 1 decoration

Wayne Allwine, the voice actor for Mickey Mouse, and Russi Taylor, the voice actress for Minnie Mouse, got married in 1991.

80’s computers typically had 64 KB (yes, Kilobytes) of memory.

No one expected this post to be about the Spanish Inquisition.

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