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August 6 in History

Update: August, 06/2012 - 09:11

 

1726

Russia becomes part of the Treaty of Vienna (signed in 1725) and puts 30,000 troops at the disposal of her allies in return for support against a possible war with the Ottoman Empire.

1881

Birth of Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernest Chain.

1918

The Marne offensive, the last major German attack of World War One, ends in failure with 100,000 Germans killed or injured.

1945

The US Air Force drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It is carried by the B-29 bomber Enola Gay. Thirteen square kilometres were reduced to ashes and at least 117,000 people were killed.

1954

Death of Vietnamese writer Nguyen Khoa Van (born 1908), known as Hai Trieu. He was one of the first members of the Indochinese Communist Party. His works include Duy Tam Hay Duy Vat (Idealism or Materialism), Van Si va Xa Hoi (Writers and Society) (1937) and Ve Van Hoa Va Nghe Thuat (About Art and Literature).

1975

The first ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland is accredited to the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam.

1976

Viet Nam and Thailand establish diplomatic relations.

1996

US scientists say they have found evidence of ancient life on Mars in remnants of a meteorite discovered in Antarctica.

1998

The World Bank approves a US$1.5 billion loan to Russia as part of a $22.6 billion emergency rescue package designed to help the financially troubled nation restructure its economy. — REUTERS/AP

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