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On This Day — August 6th

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August 6th is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 147 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest battles in the North American theater of the war, was fought about six miles (ten km) east of Fort Stanwix, New York.

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, outlawing literacy tests and other discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for widespread disfranchisement of African Americans.

1997 – On approach to Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam, Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a hill, killing 228 of the 254 people aboard.

2008 – Mauritanian President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was ousted from power by a group of high-ranking generals that he had dismissed from office several hours earlier.

2011 – Following the death of a Tottenham man by the Metropolitan Police of London, thousands of mostly young males rioted in several London boroughs and in cities and towns across England.

Celebrity Birthdays

Eastenders Star Barbara Windsor turns 81

Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh turns 56

Film Director M. Night Shyamalan turns 48

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell turns 46

Bates Motel Star Vera Farmiga turns 45

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