Events on Aug 6

  • 0258St. Sixtus II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0523St. Hormisdas ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0768[Constantine] ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0939Battle at Simancas-Spain beats Moors
  • 1181Supernova observed by Chinese and Japanese astronomers
  • 1497John Cabot returns to Bristol from North-America
  • 1588Spanish Armada under Medina Sidonia anchors
  • 1600Henry IV of France invades Savoy after negotiations break down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588
  • 1601Spanish garrison of Meurs surrender to Earl Mauritius
  • 1623Maffeo Barberini elected Pope Urban VIII
  • 1625Earl Earnest Casimir appointed as Viceroy of Groningen
  • 1661Holland sells Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders
  • 1675Russian Czar Aleksei bans foreign hairs cut
  • 1726Emperor Karel VI and tsarina Catharina the Great sign military treaty
  • 1774Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in New York
  • 1787Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begans debate
  • 1806Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
  • 1815US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
  • 18211st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels
  • 1825Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)
  • 1854Congress passes Confiscation Act
  • 1861Lexington KY-Union milt camp forms in neutral state
  • 1862Confederate Army ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
  • 1864Rebels evacuate Ft Powell, Mobile Bayd
  • 1870Battle at Spicheren: Prussia beats France
  • 1870White conservatives suppresed black vote and captured Tenn legislature
  • 1890Cy Young pitches andwins 1st game
  • 1890Denton True "Cy" Young pitched his 1st major league baseball game
  • 1896France annexes Madagascar
  • 190526.7 cm rainfall at Princeton, Indiana (state record)

Born on Aug 6

  • 1504Matthew "Nosey" Parker: Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1619Barbara Strozzi: Composer
  • 1638Nicolas de Malebranche: French philosopher
  • 1644Francoise L de la Baume Le Blanc: French mistress of Louis XIV
  • 1651Francois Fenelon: France -- Writer (Playing for Time)
  • 1651Johann Michael Zacher: Composer
  • 1664Johann Christoph Schmidt: Composer
  • 1697Charles VII: Holy Roman Emperor (1742-45)
  • 1748Bernhard Haltenberger: Composer
  • 1800Catherine Beecher: Educator (championed higher education for women)
  • 1804Justinus van der Brugghen: Dutch lawyer / Minister of Justice (1856-58)
  • 1809Alfred Lord Tennyson: Poet laureate of England
  • 1819Samuel Powhatan Carter: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1845Anthonie A Vorsterman van Oyen: Dutch genealogist
  • 1858Albert Fuchs: Composer
  • 1859J Arthur S Berson: Austria -- Meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon)
  • 1861Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt: 2nd Wife of Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1866Chief Thundercloud [Scott T Williams]: Actor (Lone Ranger)
  • 1871Emanuel Querido [Joost Mendes]: Author / publisher
  • 1873Mary Carr Moore: Composer
  • 1875Marcel Labey: Composer
  • 1879Joseph Wirth: German politician (Stalin Peace Prize)
  • 1881Alexander Fleming: England, United Kingdom -- Bacteriologist (penicillin; Nobel 1954)
  • 1881Leo Carrillo: Los Angeles, California -- Actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid)
  • 1882Gerrit H Kersten: Dutch vicar / founder (Calvinist party)
  • 1883Francesco Santoliquido: Composer
  • 1883Scott Nearing: US sociologist / pacifist / author (The Good Life)
  • 1885Jozef M E Meeus: Belgian director H-Heart union
  • 1886Edward Ballantine: Composer
  • 1892Hoot Gibson: Tekamah, Nebraska -- Western actor (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw)

Died on Aug 6

  • 0258Sixtus II: Bishop of Rome (257-58), beheaded
  • 0523Hormisdas: Pope (514-23)
  • 0966Berengarius II: Markgraaf of Ivrea / King of Italy (950-963)
  • 1195Henry de Leeuw: Duke of Saxon / Bayern
  • 1221Dominicus: Italian religious order founder (Dominicans)
  • 1272Stefanus V: Prince of Transylvania / King of Hungary (1270-72)
  • 1458Callistus III [Alfonso the Borja]: Pope (1455-58), dies at 79
  • 1548Georg Rhau / Rhaw: German cantor / Composer / music publisher
  • 1623Anne Hathaway: Wife of William Shakespeare
  • 1637Ben Johnson: Dramatist / playwright, dies at 65
  • 1660Diego Rodriguez de Silva Valezquez: Spanish (court)painter, dies at 61
  • 1661Jacqueline-M-A the Sainte Madeleine Arnauld: French abbess
  • 1666Tsjerk H de Vries: Fleet guardian, dies in Battle at 43
  • 1686Paul Hainlein: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1718Jacob F Muller [Sjako / Jaco]: German / Netherlands crowd leader, beheaded at 28
  • 1727Francois Valentijn: Vicar / writer, dies at 61
  • 1746Christian VI: King of Denmark / Norway
  • 1775Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1783Willem Bachiene: Vicar / Theologist / geography / astronomer, dies at 70
  • 1784Karl Kohaut: Composer, dies at 57
  • 1799Joseph Friebert: Composer, dies at 74
  • 1816Karl Frieberth: Composer, dies at 80
  • 1820Antonin Vranicky: Composer, dies at 59
  • 1820M A Elisa Bonaparte: Corsican Monarch of Lucca, dies at 43
  • 1821Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni: Composer, dies at 64
  • 1848Nicola Vaccai: Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1853Josif Josifovich Genishta: Composer, dies at 57
  • 1886Wilhelm Scherer: German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1890John Hart or William Kemmler: United States -- 1st executed in electric chair (NY)
  • 1895George Frederick Root: Composer, dies at 74

Historical events on August 7

  • 0626Battle at Constantinople: Slavic / Persians / Avarenvloot defeated
  • 0768Stephen III [IV] begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0936Otto I the Great becomes King of Germany
  • 1409Council of Pisa closes
  • 1479Battle of Guinegate: Emperor Maximilian I vs. King Louis XI
  • 1485Henry (VII) Tudors army lands in Milford Harbor, South-Wales
  • 1498Columbus arrives in Caribbean
  • 1573Francis Drakes fleet returns to Plymouth
  • 1575Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
  • 1710Earl van Godolphin resigns as English Minister of Finance
  • 1750Slave uprising on Curacao
  • 1760Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
  • 1782George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
  • 1789Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service
  • 1802Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St. Domingue (Haiti)
  • 1814Pope Pius VII reinstates Jesuits
  • 18201st potatoes planted in Hawaii
  • 1867Battle of Moorefield, West Virginia
  • 1882Hatfields of south WV and McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • 1884Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
  • 18855 German warships anchor at Zanzibar
  • 1888Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
  • 189353rd Congress (1893-95) convenes
  • 1900Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
  • 1904Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colo during a flash flood, kills 96
  • 1907Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland
  • 1909US issues 1st Lincoln penny
  • 1912Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for President
  • 1914British Gloucester vs. German Breslau / Goeben off Greece
  • 1914French government awards King Albert of Belgium the Great Cross

Born on August 7

  • 0317Flavius Julius Constantius II: Emperor Egypt / Byzantine / Rome (337-61)
  • 1598Georg Stiernhielm: "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules)
  • 1742Nathanael Greene: American Revoluntionary War General
  • 1746Daniel W Wyttenbach: Dutch classical / historian
  • 1751Wilhelmina FS: Princess of Prussia / Orange / Wife of Willem V
  • 1779Carl Ritter: Cofounder of modern science of geography
  • 1783John Heathcoat: Inventor (lace-making machinery)
  • 1818Henry Charles Litolff: French composer / pianist
  • 1823Faustina Hasse Hodges: Composer
  • 1826Carl AE Ahlqvist [A Oksanen]: Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi)
  • 1829Thomas Ewing, Jr.: Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1896
  • 1833Powell Clayton: Brigadier General (Union volunteers) / (Gov-R-Ark)
  • 1836Evander McIvor Law: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1920
  • 1867Emil Nolde [Hansen]: German painter / graphic artist
  • 1868Granville Bantock: English composer / conductor (Hebridean Symphony)
  • 187019 kittens: Born to Tarawood Antigone (4 still born)
  • 1870Jozef Brems: Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark)
  • 1872Andries C D de Graeff: Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies (1926-31)
  • 1880Ernst Laqueur: Chemist / pharmacology / psychology (sexual hormones)
  • 1883J Ringelnatz: Writer
  • 1885Billie Burke: Washington, DC -- Actress (Glinda-Wizard of Oz)
  • 1885Gordon Harker: London, England -- Actor (Facts of Love, Champagne)
  • 1886Louis Hazeltine: Inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • 1887Jan HA Eman: Aruban politician
  • 1887Luckey Roberts: Composer
  • 1895Edward Gill: Baseball player
  • 1897Franz J Weinrich [Heinrich Lerse]: German writer (Himmlisches)
  • 1899Ricci Riano: England, United Kingdom
  • 1900Taylor Caldwell: Novelist
  • 1903Louis Leakey: Anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal)

Died on August 7

  • 1033Frederick II: Duke of Upper Lorraine
  • 1106Henry IV: Roman German King / Emperor (1056 / 84-1105), dies at 54
  • 1547Cajetanus van Thiene: Italian saint
  • 1609Eustache du Caurroy: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1616Vincenzo Scamozzi: Ital Architect (Procurazie Nuove, Venice)
  • 1657Robert Blake: English Admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57
  • 1712Friederich Wilhelm Zachow: Composer, dies at 48
  • 1786Friedrich Schwindl: Composer, dies at 49
  • 1798Johann Gottlieb Sollner: Composer, dies at 65
  • 1799John Bacon: English sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1816Dionysius G van der Keessel: Dut lawyer (Theses selectae), dies at 77
  • 1846Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck: Composer, dies at 76
  • 1867Ira F Aldridge: US actor (Othello / Shylock), dies at 63 in Lodes, Poland
  • 1885Antony EJ Modderman: Dutch Minister of Justice (1879-83), dies at 46
  • 1893Alfredo Catalani: Composer, dies at 39
  • 1913David Popper: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1914Boleslaw Dembinski: Composer, dies at 81
  • 1916Charles E Manning: Australian judge / major, dies in battle at 36
  • 1921Alexander A Block: Russian Poet (Dvenatsat), dies at 40
  • 1923Hendrik Pierson: Dutch Theologist (H Pierson Foundation), dies at 89
  • 1924Camille Zeckwer: Composer, dies at 49
  • 1931Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke: Jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1938Konstantin S Stanislavski: Russian director (S Method), dies at 75
  • 1941Radindranath Tagore: Indian philosopher / Poet / writer, dies at 80
  • 1942Richard Gott: British General / Commandant of 8th Army, dies in battle at 43
  • 1957Oliver Hardy: Comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65
  • 1959Armas Emmanuel Launis: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1960Vaino Hannikainen: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1962Morris Louis: US Painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • 1967Max Branch: Music / radio commentator, dies at 75