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 Recommended View All Promotions promotion Thanks for being a reader. Here's a special offer, just for you! promotion spotlight AP How much do you know about Halloween?