Holidays Calendar for August 6, 2016

August 6 is Independence Day in Bolivia. This public holiday celebrates the establishment of the Republic of Bolivia (now the Plurinational State of Bolivia) in 1825.

The national day of Jamaica is its Independence Day. It commemorates the proclamation of Jamaican independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962.

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus is observed by various Christian denominations. It is celebrated on August 6 by most churches that follow the Gregorian calendar. This date was chosen by Pope Callixstus III to commemorate the 1456 Siege of Belgrad.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is an annual vigil that takes place in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. It is dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that occurred in August 1945.

Food Day Canada is annually celebrated by all Canadians on the first Saturday in August. This civic holiday was established by a Canadian activist and culinary author Anita Stewart in 2003.


August 6 is National Root Beer Float Day. This food related holiday celebrates a type of ice cream soda which is sometimes referred to as a “brown cow” or “black cow”.

National Mustard Day is the annual celebration that is held at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin on the first Saturday in August.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: John Woodland Hastings, American biochemist and academic, leader in photobiology and one of the founders of circadian biology, field of biology that studies circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle.
  • 2012 NASA's Curiosity robotic rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars. The landing was broadcast, over 200,000 people watched it.
  • 1998 Died: André Weil, French mathematician and academic, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. He is known for foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry.
  • 1990 The United Nations Security Council ordered a global trade embargo against Iraq, thus responding Iraq's invasion to Kuwait.
  • 1985 Died: Forbes Burnham, Guyanese politician, Prime Minister of Guyana from 1964 to 1980 and President of Guyana from 1980 till his death. He is revered as a leader, who fought for nationalism and encouraged manufacture and export of local products.
  • 1979 Died: Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism.
  • 1978 Died: Edward Durell Stone, American architect, early proponent of modern architecture in the USA. He is known as designer of Radio City Music Hall (New York) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.).
  • 1978 Died: Pope Paul VI, born as Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montin. His papacy lasted from 1963 till his death. He is known for implementation of numerous reforms, that improved relations with Eastern Orthodox Church and Protestants.
  • 1972 Born: Geri Halliwell, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress, best remembered as a member of popular British girl group Spice Girls. She left Spice Girls due to depression and differences within the group and started successful solo career.
  • 1970 Born: Manoj Shyamalan, or M. Night Shyamalan in professional circle, Indian screenwriter, producer and film director. His best known works are The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender, After Earth.
  • 1964 World's oldest tree Prometheus was cut down. The tree grew in eastern Nevada, United States. The tree was at least 4862 years old and it was cut down by a graduate student and United States Forest Service personnel for research purposes. At the time of cutting, people didn't know of the record-breaking age of the tree.
  • 1963 Born: Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker and author. Once he was the most-wanted computer criminal in the USA and in 1999 he was convicted for various computer crimes. Now he runs a security firm.
  • 1959 Died: Preston Sturges, American director, screenwriter, and playwright, winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This award was brought by film The Great McGinty.
  • 1945 Died: Richard Bong, American soldier and pilot. He is known for his highest-scoring air race, having shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft during WWII. In 1944 he received the Medal of Honor.
  • 1940 The Soviet Union illegally annexed the territory of Estonia.
  • 1928 Born: Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer, leading figure in pop art movement. The Andy Warhol Museum was founded in his native city, that hold an extensive collection of his works. This museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
  • 1926 Gertrude Ederle, American competition swimmer and Olympic champion, became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1911 Born: Lucille Ball, American actress, model, comedian. Audience remembers her for the role as Lucy in popular American sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy.
  • 1890 World's first execution on electric chair took place at Auburn Prison, New York. William Kemmler, American murderer, was subjected to this kind of punishment. The first attempt failed and Kemmler survived, that is why the second attempt was made.
  • 1881 Died: James Springer White, American religious leader, remembered as co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • 1881 Born: Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, author of numerous articles on bacteriology, chemotherapy and immunology. He received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945.
  • 1826 Born: Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian author, best known for his novel Robbery Under Arms. This novel is considered to be one of the greatest Australian colonial novels.
  • 1819 Norwich University was founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • 1809 Born: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet and author. He was the favorite poet of Queen Victoria, who titled him 1st Baron Tennyson and Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1806 Francis II, the last Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, abdicated the throne, thus ending the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1766 Born: William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist, famous for discovery of the elements palladium and rhodium. He also found a method of processing platinum ore into malleable ingots.
  • 1661 Portugal and the Dutch Republic signed the Treaty of The Hague. Under the treaty, the Dutch Republic recognized Portuguese imperial sovereignty over New Holland (Brazil).
  • 1660 Died: Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter, the leading artist of the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. His best known for such masterpieces, as Las Meninas, Mars Resting, The Lady with a Fan.
  • 1644 Born: Louise de La Vallière, the first mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667. They had five children, only tow of them survived infancy.
  • 1538 Spanish explorer and conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada founded Bogotá, present-day capital of Colombia.