spotlight Highlights from history: August 6 Aug 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1809: Alfred, Lord Tennyson In 1809, one of the leading literary figures of the Victorian era, poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1911: Lucille Ball In 1911, actress-comedian Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, New York. TVA/PictureGroup 1926: Gertrude Ederle In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14 1/2 hours. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1945: Enola Gay In 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. (Three days later, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki; five days after that, Imperial Japan surrendered.) Max Desfor 1961: Gherman Titov In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit Earth as he flew aboard Vostok 2; his call sign, "Eagle," prompted his famous declaration: "I am Eagle!" ASSOCIATED PRESS 1965: Voting Rights Act On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. STF 1978: Pope Paul VI In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80. Associated Press 2009: John Hughes Ten years ago: John Hughes, 59, Hollywood's youth movie director of the 1980s and '90s, died in New York City. Mark J. Terrill 2009: Sonia Sotomayor Ten years ago: Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68-31. J. Scott Applewhite 2013: Nidal Malik Hasan In 2013, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on trial at Fort Hood, Texas, charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 attack. (Hasan, who admitted carrying out the attack, was convicted and sentenced to death.) Brigitte Woosley 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama closed a three-day U.S.-Africa summit in Washington which brought together leaders from more than 50 African nations. Charles Dharapak 2018: Northern California wildfires One year ago: Twin Northern California wildfires grew to become the largest wildfire in state history, burning more than 440 square miles north of San Francisco. Patrick Record 2018: Paul Laxalt One year ago: Former Nevada governor and U.S. senator Paul Laxalt, who was a close ally to Ronald Reagan, died at the age of 96. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion Research decades of articles the easy way! promotion spotlight How much do you know about Mother's Day?