St. Sixtus II, pope from 257 to 258, died. He was beheaded while celebrating services in a cemetary.
Flavius Julius Constantius, Eastern Roman Emperor born
St. Hormisdas, pope from 514 to 523, died. He effected the union of Orthodox and Catholic churches.
Death of Ramon Beringer, Count of Barcelona and husband of Petronilla, Queen of Castile
Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers
St. Dominic, Spanish founder of the Order of Friar Preachers (Dominicians), died at about the age of 50. The Dominician Order combines the contemplative life of the monk with the active work of the evangelist.
Coronation of Louis VIII as King of France
Calixtus III, pope from 1455 to 1458, died.
Alfonso of Portugal cedes Canary Islands to Ferdinand & Isabella of Spain by the Treaty of Alcova
Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury. As the second Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury (1559-1575), he tried to set limits to reformers' doctrines. He was against Puritanism, calling it "mutinous individualism." born
Marriage of Margaret of England, widowed Queen of Scotland, to the Earl of Angus
Bulstrode Whitelocke, English republican lawyer, politician born
Death of Anne Shakespeare, nee Hathaway
Execution of Johannes Junius of Bamberg, as a witch.
Francis Higginson dies. He was a nonconformist Anglican clergyman. He settled in Salem, Mass. and drew up a church covenant and a confession of faith.
Louise de la Valliere born
Francois de S. Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambrai from 1695 to 1715. born
Charles VII, Holy Roman emperor (1742-45). born
The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in a draft of the United States Constitution.
Presbyterian evangilist Barton W. Stone called a week-long evangelical meeting in Kentucky. 25,000 people attended.
The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis the First abdicated.
Thomas Atkinson, episcopal prelate and Bishop of North Carolina. He was instrumental in reuniting northern and southern churches after the Civil War. born
Lord Alfred Tennyson, poet laureate of England. born
Anglican hymn writer, Edward H. Plumptre ("Rejoice, ye pure in heart") born
Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
Sir Alexander Fleming, discovered penicillin (Nobel 1954) born
Actor Leo Carrillo (The Cisco Kid, Pancho Villa Returns, One Night in the Tropics, Phantom of the Opera) born
Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist, author. born
Denton "Cy" Young pitched his first major-league baseball game.
Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.
Movie director Charles Crichton ("A Fish Called Wanda") born
Lucille Ball , comedian, actor. born
Robert Mitchum, actor. born
Entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker born
Warner Brothers premiered its "Vitaphone" sound-on-disc movie system in New York.
Gertrude Ederle of New York became the first American woman to swim the English Channel, in about 14 and a-half hours.
Andy Warhol (Warhola) (filmmaker, pop artist "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.") born
41-year-old New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater mysteriously disappeared. He was never seen nor heard from again and was declared legally dead in 1939.
Actress-singer Abbey Lincoln born
Actor-director Peter Bonerz born
Actor-director Paul Bartel ("Eating Raoul") born
Columbia Records cut the prices of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced to sell at $1. Within two weeks, RCA Victor followed thereby ending a record-buying slump brought on by disinterested consumers.
Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite Nazi occupation, her people's motto remained, "No surrender."
Actor Michael Anderson Junior born
During World War Two, the United States dropped an atomic bomb (named "Little Boy") on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in
Ken Norton, heavyweight boxer. born
Actor Dorian Harewood born
Actress Catherine Hicks born
Rock singer Pat McDonald (Timbuk 3) born
Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major-league baseball game. Paige shutout the Detroit 1-to-0 in a 12-inning game.
The DuMont Television Network makes its last broadcast, a boxing match
Actress Stepfanie Kramer born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Randy DeBarge born
Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
Country singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn born
David Robinson (Olympic Gold Medalist Team) born
President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
Country singer Lisa Stewart born
Willie "Pops" Stargell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the first fair ball to completely sail out of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Stargell's blast measured 506 feet from home plate.
Singer Geri Halliwell (formerly of the Spice Girls) born
Actress Soleil Moon Frye born
Pope Paul the Sixth died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.
Firefighters in Indianapolis, Indiana, returned from the scene of a false alarm to find their own firehouse ablaze. Station 14 was extensively damaged from a grease fire.
Carl Lewis won his second gold medal of the 1984 Summer Olympics, this one in the long jump.
Tens of thousands of Japanese and foreigners gathered in Hiroshima to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing.
William J. Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.
President Reagan's new Central America peace initiative ran into problems as the US and Nicaragua openly disagreed on procedures for a negotiated settlement.
Iraq's president said his country would agree to a cease-fire with Iran provided the Iranians promised to hold direct talks immediately after the truce took effect.
Jaime Paz Zamora was inaugurated as president of Bolivia.
The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide embargo on trade with Iraq to punish the Baghdad regime for invading Kuwait.
The president of Pakistan dismissed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her government, alleging rampant corruption, and declared a state of emergency.
Veteran CBS-TV newsman Harry Reasoner died in Norwalk, Connecticut, at age 68.
The Justice Department joined forces with the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in fighting a federal judge's order to keep two abortion clinics in Wichita, Kansas, open.
President Bush granted full diplomatic recognition to the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia, the same day Britain's Independent Television News showed videotape of emaciated detainees at a pair of Serb prison camps.
Americans led by Carl Lewis swept the long jump at the Barcelona Summer Olympics, while Kevin Young won the 400 hurdles and Mike Marsh the 200 meters.
Morihiro Hosokawa was elected the new prime minister of Japan by the country's lower house of Parliament.
Congress completed action on a $6.2 billion flood relief package.
Louis Freeh won Senate confirmation to be director of the FBI.
The US Senate joined the House in passing President Clinton's budget plan, 51-to-50, with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Al Gore.
In Wedowee, Alabama, an apparent arson fire destroyed Randolph County High Schools, which had been the focus of tensions over the principal's stand against interracial dating.
Police in Colombia captured Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, the reputed co-leader of the Cali drug cartel.
Thousands of people in Hiroshima, Japan, set glowing lanterns afloat in rivers, capping a day of tributes on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing.
Officials announced the Air Force had punished 16 officers in connection with the crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others the previous April..
Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a hillside a short distance from Guam International Airport, killing 228 of the 254 aboard the Boeing 747.
Ending years of impassioned rivalry, Apple Computer and Microsoft agreed to share technology in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.
The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee voted to cite Attorney General Janet Reno for contempt of Congress for her refusal to turn over reports recommending that she seek an independent counsel to investigate campaign fund-raising.
Tony Gwynn became the 22nd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits.
In Canton, Texas, a 36-year-old woman who faces lifelong heart problems she blames on the diet drug combination fen-phen was awarded $23.3 million in the first such lawsuit to reach a jury. (The case was settled for less than a tenth of that amount during an appeal.)
Workers at Verizon, the nation's largest local telephone company, went on an 18-day strike over working conditions and union representation.
Senior citizen group seeks recovery of Medicare expenses from U.S. cigarette makers
Finnish police isolate ports in Helsinki
Robin Cook dead after collapsing
Plane ditches into sea near Sicily
American cyclist Floyd Landis tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone in second test
Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix
Reuters retracts image; suspends employee due to threat
Syrian minister rejects proposed U.N. resolution
British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan
Canadian held in China faces execution
Iran bans Shirin Ebadi-led human rights group
Vaccine targets obesity in rats
Castro recovering following surgery: Cuban officials
No full recount in Mexican election
Lebanon fighting escalates as UN debates ceasefire
I'm staying for at least a year: British PM Tony Blair
Participant claims drug trial gave him cancer
MLB: Tom Glavine wins 300th game
Thai police to wear 'Hello Kitty' armbands as punishment
Six miners trapped in Utah mine after possible earthquake
Politician denies claims he smoked cannabis while ambassador
2007/08 DFB Cup: FC Bayern Munich beats Burghausen in shootout to advance
Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in China kills three, injures dozens
Paris Hilton mocks John McCain presidential ad
Mauritania president Abdallahi arrested in coup
English Football: Manchester United News for August 6, 2008
Football: Melbourne Victory win A-League Pre-Season Cup on penalties
Group claims activists held in China after free Tibet protests
Kevin Pietersen MBE chosen as new England Cricket captain
American presumed dead for 30 years found healthy
Nine presumed dead in helicopter crash in California, United States
Sonia Sotomayor confirmed in US Senate vote
Eviction notice served on Vestas occupiers
2009-10 A-League football: Central Coast Mariners defeat Melbourne Victory in opener
American film director John Hughes dies at age 59
Spreading floods in Pakistan worsen, at least 1600 dead
Football: Coach of North Korea condemned to hard labor
Sitcom star Roseanne Barr announces run for U.S. president
Ralph Nader: Obama will likely face challenge in Democratic primaries
Juno spacecraft bound for Jupiter
Sitcom star Roseanne Barr chosen as presidential nominee of Peace and Freedom Party
Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes
Peter Capaldi named twelfth Doctor Who
Islamabad on red alert for possible terrorist attack