Once Upon A Time – August 6 – 1964 – Prometheus, World’s Oldest Tree, Aged Approximately 4,862 Years Old, Is Accidentally Cut Down

1661 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal

1890 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the 1st person to be executed by electric chair

1945 Atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress

1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities

1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Historical Events Today
Today in Film & TV
1926 “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

Today in Music
1996 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

Today in Sport
1948 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4s to become the first women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won the 100m and 80m hurdles

MORE FACTS…
1996 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

1964 Prometheus, the world’s oldest tree aged at least 4,862 years old, is accidentally cut down in Nevada, USA

Famous Weddings
1953 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

1968 Children’s author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds second wife Audrey Stone Dimond

1983 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

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