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On this day, Aug. 06……
1753 – Professor Georg Richmann was killed in St. Petersburg, by his experiment with lightning. (Richmann attached a wire to the top of his house and led it down to an iron bar suspended above “the electric needle” and a bowl of water partly filled with iron filings. It was reported that during a storm, Richmann was struck while about a foot from the bar, and closely observing the needle. “A globe of blue and whitish fire about four inches diameter” from the bar struck Richmann’s forehead” with “an explosion like that of a small cannon.” His assistant, M. Sokolaw, who survived, was thrown to the floor feeling blows on his back. He found marks of burning hot wire fragments on the back of his clothes).
1890 – The electric chair was used for the first time. William Kemmler was executed with 1,300 volts of alternating current in New York State for murdering a woman with an axe.
1930 – Norwegian explorers discovered the debris of the earliest balloon expedition to the North Pole. They also found the remains of a balloonist, diaries and photos. (On 11 July 1897, Dr. Salomon August Andrée of Sweden and two companions had left Danes Island, Spitsbergen in a balloon, Eagle, which he had built himself, hoping to drift over the North Pole).
1945 – The first atomic bomb used in World War II was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The weapon, code-named “Little Boy,” was dropped from a United States Air Force B-29 bomber, The Enola Gay. This first bomb was a uranium bomb. (Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. The second bomb, code-named “Fat Man” was a plutonium bomb. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only
use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history).
1998 – The Maharashtra Government rejects the Srikrishna Commission findings on the 1992-93 communal riots and the serial blasts in Mumbai, but agrees to act on the panel’s suggestions to refurbish the police force. (The report had heavily indicted the ruling alliance).
2019 – A quarter of humanity is running out of water with 17 countries under extreme water stress including Cape Town, Los Angeles and Bangalore, according to report by the World Resources Institute.
Born….

1881 – Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin.

1960 – Vishal Bhardwaj, screen writer.

RIP….
1925 – Surendra Nath Banerjee. He was one of the founders of modern India and proponent of autonomy within the British Commonwealth. He was President of Indian National Congress twice, in 1895 at Pune and in 1902 at Ahmedabad.
You may have known….
The Statue of Liberty was originally intended to go to Egypt.

{Compiled by Lt. Gen. (R) Raj Kadyan}

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