1945 : An atomic bomb was used containing more power than 12,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. The bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" with 130 pounds of uranium-235 produced the equivalent to about 13 kilotons of TNT. On August 9, 1945, America dropped the second Atom bomb on Nagasaki effectively ending the war when Japan announced their surrender.
1904 : President Theodore Roosevelt was officially notified about his nomination for re-election by the Republican party. The official ceremony took place at Sagamore Hill where Roosevelt had his rural residence. The president had been in the White House for three years.
1916 : Watermelons have proved to be the bane of existence for army officials, and have been banned by military brass in El Passo. Evidently, the offending melons have rinds which cannot be burned or properly disposed of, causing a plague of flies in the camp. Army fly experts warn that flies can breed disease.
1925 : With the growing numbers of public phone booths appearing in general stores around the country many are complaining that they do not believe the phone booths are in the public interest, and should not be in places where the public wish to shop.
1926 : The American Gold Medalist swimmer (Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle) became the first woman to swim the English Channel from Cap Griz-Nez, France to Dover, England in 14 hours and 39 minutes breaking the previous record set by British Navy Captain Matthew Webb in 1875 . Due to the extreme cold water she had covered her body in lard and petroleum jelly to insulate her from the cold waters of the Channel.
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021
1935 : In Hollywood, California Dr. Ralph Willard, a doctor who came from the state of Georgia in Russia, has successfully frozen a monkey named Jekal and brought it back to life. The doctor has also frozen guinea pigs and resuscitated them. However, when he wanted to experiment on dogs howls of protest came from humane societies.
1940 : Belgium has appealed to the US for help following A major famine in Belgium. Belgian exports 75 per cent of her wheat. Present supplies with severe rationing -- 25 grams, or half a pound of bread per person per day – will last until September 1 or at least early October.” All industrial activity had stopped and 2,300,000 Belgians were refugees in France, displaced by the German army.
1951 : A fourth straight day of fighting occurred between the allies and Korean forces in western Korea. The U.S. Eighth Army engaged the enemy at dawn and Korean forces launched a counter attack.
August 6, 1961 : The Soviet Vostok II spacecraft with Major Gherman Titov spends a full day in orbit over the Earth.
1965 : President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote and making it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to disenfranchise black voters.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: Lucille Désirée Ball August 6 1911 Jamestown, New York, U.S.
Died: April 26th 1989 Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Known For : Lucille Ball is best known for her TV sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. Like many stars she began her career on Broadway using the stage name Dianne Belmont, and from there minor roles in Movies, but in 1951 Ball was pivotal in the creation of the television series I Love Lucy co-starring her then husband, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Ethel and Fred Mertz. From the Webmaster - I still remember watching some of her shows nearly 50 years later and believe she was of the greatest comedienne's of her time.
1965 : The Beatles release the soundtrack album "Help!" in 1965 in the UK from the film of the same name. Help! is the Beatles 5th album released and includes the following tracks:
"The Night Before"
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
"I Need You"
"You're Going to Lose That Girl"
"Ticket to Ride"
"It's Only Love"
"You Like Me Too Much"
"Tell Me What You See"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
1969 : In the city of Hiroshima, Japanese ceremonies were held commemorating the 25th anniversary of dropping the H-bomb when 100,000 Japanese were killed. The attack on Hiroshima was the first time that an atomic bomb had been used in warfare. Shinto and Christian memorial services were held across the city and a minute of silence was observed. The atomic bomb was dropped by Americans on August 6, 1945. On August 6, 1969 antinuclear protests broke out in Hiroshima led by Japanese socialists and communists.
August 6, 1971 : Chay Blyth docks his yacht British Steel at the Hamble in Hampshire on the south coast after a voyage of 292 days and becomes the first man to sail round the world non-stop in the "wrong" direction - east to west - against the prevailing winds and currents.
1977 : President Carter got approval in the house for a new energy bill which called for a move away from foreign oil and a more efficient use of energy by Americans. The goal was to save 2-3 million barrels a day. Some opposition was felt in the senate, especially around issues like taxing crude oil and natural gas.
1978 : Pope Paul VI, who led the Roman Catholic Church for 15 years, died after suffering a major heart attack.
1985 : In Tel Aviv, Israel, a suicide bomber astride a donkey exploded near a pro-Israeli site in Southern Lebanon. According to Israel Army Radio both the burrow and the bomber were killed and one Lebanese person was wounded.
1997 : Microsoft buys a minority stake in struggling Apple Computers for $150 million and they agree to share technology. The deal helped Apple on Wall Street, sending the company's stock up to close at its highest price in over a year. Microsoft no longer owns Apple stock, but this was an important moment in the development of Apple as a major corporation.
August 6, 2002 : Small pox vaccinations were given 30 years ago, so scientists worry that the modern generation does not have any immunity to this disease which is fatal in 30% of the cases. If a small pox pandemic broke out it could be as devastating as the Black Death in Medieval times. Although a terrorist attack using the small pox virus is possible, doctors feel that quarantine and post sickness vaccines could contain the outbreak.
2006 : After heavy monsoon rains in the region, a bridge in Mardan, Pakistan collapsed and killed forty people.
2007 : Russia and Afghanistan made a deal to cut 90% of the debt Afghanistan owes to Russia. The move marked an effort by Russia to show support for Afghanistan’s government as it worked with United States and NATO troops to combat Taliban rebels.
2007 : Six miners are trapped and lost when a mine at Crandel Canyon, Utah collapses and the tragedy is worsened when 2 rescue workers and a mine inspector are also lost when the tunnel they are digging to get to the trapped miners gives way.
2008 : The first freely-elected President of Mauritania was overthrown by the military on this day. The coup came a day after President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi tried to dismiss top military officers.
2011 : The United States' credit rating was downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor's credit rating agency. The downgrade was made by the agency after citing that problems with budget deficits have created a negative outlook for the USA's economy. The company also stated that the recently approved budget deal did not go far enough to reduce the deficit.
2011 : 38 people were killed on A US Helicopter downed in Afghanistan with the Taliban claiming responsibility among those on the Chinook helicopter at least seventeen were members of SEAL Team 6.
2012 : NASA has successfully landed the Mars Curiosity rover on Mars. The scientific vehicle will go on a mission collecting data and traveling around the Gale crater that should take it about two years to complete.
2013 : A shootout between rival drug gangs has left seventeen people dead in the remote La Mosquitia, Honduras. Authorities thought that women and children could have been some of the victims and armed forces were sent to the area to investigate.
Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.