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This Day in History for August 6 – Hiroshima Bombed and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1890 – Murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair (More info)

1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping (More info)

1945 – The first atomic bomb used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan (More info)

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law, which banned the poll taxes and literacy tests that had restricted black voter registration in the South (More info)

1991 – The World Wide Web debuts as a publicly available service on the internet (More info)

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