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Today in History

August 6

Events:

1806   Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates, thus ending the Holy Roman Empire.

1825   Bolivia gains independence from Spain.

1914   Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia. World War I begins.

1926   Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim across the English Channel.

1926   Harry Houdini spends 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

1945   An atomic bomb is dropped by the plane Enola Gay on the city of Hiroshima in Japan.

1984   The musician Prince releases the album Purple Rain.

1993   The movie The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford, opens in theaters.

Famous Birthdays:

1911   Lucille Ball (Actress from I Love Lucy)

1927   Andy Warhol (Artist)

1965   David Robinson (Basketball Player)

1970   M. Night Shyamalan (Director)

1972   Geri Halliwell (Singer)

Today in History Archive:

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