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From: "Patty Allen" <>
Subject: [CRF] Other Notable Events, August 6
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 04:22:12 -0700


Other Notable Events, August 6
In 1890, the first execution by electric chair was carried out. William
Kemmler was put to death at Auburn Prison in New York for the ax murder of
his girlfriend.

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle of New York became the first American to swim the
English Channel.

In 1940, Italy invaded British Somaliland, starting the Battle of North
Africa in World War II.

In 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three
days later, after Nagasaki also was bombed, Japan surrendered, ending World
War II.

In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at the age of 80 after a heart attack. He had led
the Roman Catholic Church for 15 years.

In 1986, William Schroeder died of a stroke in Louisville, Ky., after 620
days with the Jarvik-7 mechanical heart. He was the longest-living permanent
artificial heart patient.

In 1990, the U.N. Security Council voted to impose worldwide economic and
military embargo on Iraq as punishment for its invasion of Kuwait.

In 1993, Morihiro Hosokawa was elected prime minister of Japan.

In 1995, some 100,000 people attended a memorial service in Hiroshima,
Japan, to mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing that helped
end World War II.

Also in 1995, police in Colombia captured Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, the
reputed co-leader of the Cali drug cartel.

In 1996, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin announced the discovery of
evidence of a primitive life form on Mars.

In 1997, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high of
8,259.31.

In 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for governor of
California on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show."

In 2005, Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, set up camp
outside U.S. President George Bush's Texas ranch, bitterly criticizing the
war and demanding to see him.

Also in 2005, a Newsweek poll gave U.S. President George Bush his lowest
ratings on his handling of the war in Iraq. Sixty-one percent of those
surveyed said they disapproved of the president's actions and 34 percent
approved.

In 2006, at least 200 people watching floods in Mardan, Pakistan, plunged
into the water when the 30-foot-high bridge they were standing on was swept
away.

Also in 2006, a U.N. report said a huge shipload of smuggled bomb-making
uranium uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania was headed for Iran.

In 2007, six coal miners were trapped 1,500 feet below ground after a shaft
collapsed at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah. Despite several days of
intense rescue efforts, mine officials reported no survivors.

Also in 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was reported
considering a formal ban on lead in children's jewelry. Federal officials
said China was responsible for 95 percent of the nearly 18 million pieces of
children's jewelry pulled off the market in the past two years.




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