August 6

1806

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

1825

Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.

1926

Gertrude Ederle became the first U.S. woman to swim across the English Channel.

1945

The first atomic bomb used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

1962

Jamaica gained its independence within the Britain Commonwealth.

1965

President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed the poll taxes and literacy tests that had restricted black voter registration in the South.

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.

2003

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy to replace Gray Davis as governor of California to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.

2012

Curiosity, a SUV-size rover, successfully landed on Mars. The rover's research has been planned for the next two years, but since Curiosity's electricity is powered by plutonium, it could be operational and provide insight into Mars for decades to come

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