Today in History 6 August: From Hiroshima Day to Inauguration of Madras High Court, list of Important events today

Publish Date: 05 Aug, 2022
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This Day in History: According to the Gregorian calendar, 6 August is the 218th day of the year and the 219th day of a leap year.

On this day let’s see some important events and anniversaries. We have compiled a list of some monumental events that happened all around the world on 6 August as well as the birthdays of famous people.


Major Events Happened on this Day


NASA’s Robotic Vehicle Landed on Mars

On this day in 2012, After landing on Mars, NASA's robotic rover Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, started sending back pictures of the planet's surface. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral (CCAFS) on November 26, 2011, at 15:02:00 UTC, and it touched down on August 6, 2012, at 05:17:57 UTC, on Aeolis Palus inside Gale crater on Mars. After travelling 560 million kilometres (350 million miles), the rover's objective for touchdown was less than 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the Bradbury Landing site.

Hiroshima Day

On August 6 in 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two attacks still stand as the sole instances of nuclear weapons being used in armed combat, killing between 129,000 and 226,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians. By July 1945, the Manhattan Project of the Allies had created two different kinds of atomic bombs: "Fat Man," a nuclear weapon of the plutonium implosion variety, and "Little Boy," a nuclear weapon of the enriched uranium gun variety.

Madras High Court Inaugurated

On this day in 1862, The Madras High Court was inaugurated. An Indian High Court is the Madras High Court. Both the union territory of Puducherry and the state of Tamil Nadu are subject to its appellate jurisdiction. After the Calcutta High Court in Kolkata and the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, it is the third-oldest high court in India and is situated in Chennai. The Madras High Court is one of the three colonial India high courts that were founded in the Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta Presidency Towns by letters patent issued by Queen Victoria on June 26, 1862.

Sushma Swaraj Death Anniversary

On this day in 2019, Sushma Swaraj who was an Indian politician and a Supreme Court lawyer paased away. She was a top BJP politician and the second woman to occupy the position after Indira Gandhi. She was chosen three times to serve in the Legislative Assembly and seven times to serve as a Member of Parliament. She was appointed as the youngest cabinet minister of the Indian state of Haryana in 1977 at the age of 25. She was Delhi's first female Chief Minister during her brief tenure as the city's Fifth Chief Minister in 1998.

First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel

On this day in 1926, Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle of the United States completed the swim across the English Channel, which separates England and France, in 14 hours and 34 minutes. Prior to Ederle, only 5 men and 1 woman had successfully swum across the channel. 

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