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6th August


1806 The Holy Roman Empire ended with the abdication of Emperor Francis II.

1825 Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.

1881 * Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928.

1889 London's Savoy Hotel was opened.

1890 In New York, murderer William Kemmler became the first man executed by electric chair.

1911 * Lucille Ball, US comedienne with her own TV show I Love Lucy.

1917 * Robert Mitchum, US actor who starred in the film The Big Sleep (1978).

1926 Gertrude Ederle of the US became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

1937 * Barbara Windsor, English comic actress and star of the 'Carry On' films.

1945 US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Hiroshima.

1961 The Soviet Union astonished the world by launching Major Gherman Titov into orbit for a whole day.

1962 Jamaica gained its independence within the Britain Commonwealth.

1971 A British man Chay Blyth, 31, became the first to sail the world non-stop in the "wrong" direction - east to west - against the prevailing winds and currents.

1987 SDP leader Dr David Owen resigned after members of his party voted to merge with the Liberals.

1995 Up to 50,000 people attended a memorial service in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.

1997 British prime minister Tony Blair and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams meet - the first time in 76 years that a British leader and an IRA ally meet.


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