August 6 Holidays, Events & Observances

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August 6 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are August 6 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; August 6 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on August 6.

August 6 holidays and observances
August 6 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in August, international holidays in August 6, national days in August 6. Some major August 6 national day and International holidays list in August calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore August 6 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of August 6 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on August 6, notable events, national days in August 6, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on August 6 globally.

Month of August

August, eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

Holidays in August

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word august refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

August kicks off with Caribbean celebrations in honor of Emancipation Day, which memorializes abolition within the British Empire, a process that began with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Many Caribbean countries honor emancipation on either August 1 or the first Monday in August.

In August, you can choose to celebrate a favorite fruit (Watermelon Day is Aug. 3), a beverage (International Beer Day is Aug. 6), or oysters (they have their own commemorative day on Aug. 5).

August is also special month for Leos (those born between July 23 and August 22) and Virgos (those born between August 23 and September 22).

August 6 holidays and observances
August 6 Holidays and Observances

August 6 Holidays, National Day

August 6 is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 147 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 1284 – The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Merranean.
  • 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

1601-1900

  • 1661 – The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.
  • 1787 – Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1806 – Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, declares the moribund empire to be dissolved, although he retains power in the Austrian Empire.
  • 1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • 1824 – Peruvian War of Independence: The Battle of Junín.
  • 1825 – The Bolivian Declaration of Independence is proclaimed.
  • 1861 – Britain imposes the Lagos Treaty of Cession to suppress slavery in what is now Nigeria.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.
  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

1901-present

  • 1901 – Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • 1912 – The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum.
  • 1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.
  • 1914 – World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia.
  • 1915 – World War I: Battle of Sari Bair: The Allies mount a diversionary attack timed to coincide with a major Allied landing of reinforcements at Suvla Bay.
  • 1917 – World War I: Battle of Mărășești between the Romanian and German armies begins.
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1926 – In New York City, the Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
  • 1940 – Estonia becomes part of the Soviet Union.
  • 1942 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
  • 1944 – The Warsaw Uprising occurs on August 1. It is brutally suppressed and all able-bodied men in Kraków are detained afterwards to prevent a similar uprising, the Kraków Uprising, that was planned but never carried out.
  • 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
  • 1956 – After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.
  • 1960 – Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
  • 1962 – Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
  • 1986 – A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
  • 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW makes its first appearance as a publicly available service on the Internet.
  • 1991 – Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 1996 – The Ramones played their farewell concert at The Palace, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1996 – NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
  • 1997 – Korean Air Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam killing 228 of 254 people on board.
  • 2001 – Erwadi fire incident: Twenty-eight mentally ill persons tied to a chain are burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil Nadu.
  • 2008 – A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d’état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.
  • 2010 – Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people.
  • 2011 – War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a working dog, seven Afghan soldiers, and one Afghan civilian. It was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War in Afghanistan.
  • 2012 – NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars.
  • 2015 – A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people at a mosque in the Saudi city of Abha.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1180 – Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (d. 1239)
  • 1504 – Matthew Parker, English archbishop (d. 1575)
  • 1572 – Fakhr-al-Din II, Ottoman prince (d. 1635)

1601-1900

  • 1605 – Bulstrode Whitelocke, English lawyer (d. 1675)
  • 1609 – Richard Bennett, English-American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1619 – Barbara Strozzi, Italian composer and singer-songwriter (d. 1677)
  • 1622 – Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral (d. 1666)
  • 1638 – Nicolas Malebranche, French priest and philosopher (d. 1715)
  • 1644 – Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1710)
  • 1651 – François Fénelon, French archbishop and poet (d. 1715)
  • 1656 – Claude de Forbin, French general (d. 1733)
  • 1666 – Maria Sophia of Neuburg (d. 1699)
  • 1667 – Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1748)
  • 1697 – Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1745)
  • 1715 – Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French author (d. 1747)
  • 1765 – Petros Mavromichalis, Greek general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1848)
  • 1766 – William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (d. 1828)
  • 1768 – Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French general and politician (d. 1813)
  • 1775 – Daniel O’Connell, Irish lawyer and politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin (d. 1847)
  • 1809 – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet (d. 1892)
  • 1826 – Thomas Alexander Browne, English-Australian author (d. 1915)
  • 1835 – Hjalmar Kiærskou, Danish botanist (d. 1900)
  • 1844 – Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1900)
  • 1844 – James Henry Greathead, South African-English engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1848 – Susie Taylor, American writer and first black Army nurse (d. 1912)
  • 1846 – Anna Haining Bates, Canadian-American giant (d. 1888)
  • 1868 – Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (d. 1955)
  • 1874 – Charles Fort, American author (d. 1932)
  • 1877 – Wallace H. White Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1952)
  • 1880 – Hans Moser, Austrian actor and singer (d. 1964)
  • 1881 – Leo Carrillo, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1881 – Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
  • 1881 – Louella Parsons, American journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1883 – Constance Georgina Adams, South African botanist (d. 1968)
  • 1883 – Scott Nearing, American economist and educator (d. 1983)
  • 1886 – Edward Ballantine, American composer and academic (d. 1971)
  • 1887 – Dudley Benjafield, English racing driver (d. 1957)
  • 1889 – George Kenney, Canadian-American general (d. 1977)
  • 1889 – John Middleton Murry, English poet and author (d. 1957)
  • 1890 – Wentworth Beaumont, 2nd Viscount Allendale, English captain and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland (d. 1956)
  • 1891 – William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, English field marshal and politician, 13th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1970)
  • 1892 – Hoot Gibson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)
  • 1893 – Wright Patman, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1976)
  • 1895 – Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban pianist and composer (d. 1963)
  • 1895 – Frank Nicklin, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Queensland (d. 1978)
  • 1900 – Cecil Howard Green, English-American geophysicist and businessman, co-founded Texas Instruments (d. 2003)

1901-present

  • 1901 – Dutch Schultz, American gangster (d. 1935)
  • 1903 – Virginia Foster Durr, American civil rights activist (d. 1999)
  • 1904 – Jean Dessès, Greek-Egyptian fashion designer (d. 1970)
  • 1904 – Henry Iba, American basketball player and coach (d. 1993)
  • 1906 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1908 – Maria Ludwika Bernhard, Polish classical archaeologist and a member of WWII Polish resistance (d. 1998)
  • 1908 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis player and commander (d. 1997)
  • 1908 – Lajos Vajda, Hungarian painter and illustrator (d. 1941)
  • 1909 – Diana Keppel, Countess of Albemarle (d. 2013)
  • 1910 – Adoniran Barbosa, Brazilian musician, singer, composer, humorist, and actor (d. 1982)
  • 1910 – Charles Crichton, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1911 – Lucille Ball, American actress, television producer and businesswoman (d. 1989)
  • 1911 – Norman Gordon, South African cricketer (d. 2014)
  • 1911 – Constance Heaven, English author and actress (d. 1995)
  • 1912 – Richard C. Miller, American photographer (d. 2010)
  • 1914 – Gordon Freeth, Australian lawyer and politician, 24th Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Richard Hofstadter, American historian and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1916 – Dom Mintoff, Maltese journalist and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Barbara Cooney, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1917 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Norman Granz, American-Swiss record producer and manager (d. 2001)
  • 1919 – Pauline Betz, American tennis player (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – John Graves, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Ella Raines, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1922 – Freddie Laker, English businessman, founded Laker Airways (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Dan Walker, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1923 – Jess Collins, American painter (d. 2004)
  • 1923 – Paul Hellyer, Canadian engineer and politician, 16th Canadian Minister of Defence
  • 1924 – Samuel Bowers, American activist, co-founded the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 2006)
  • 1926 – Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Frank Finlay, English actor (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – Clem Labine, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – János Rózsás, Hungarian author (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1928 – Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1928 – Andy Warhol, American painter, photographer and film director (d. 1987)
  • 1929 – Mike Elliott, Jamaican saxophonist
  • 1929 – Roch La Salle, Canadian politician, 42nd Canadian Minister of Public Works (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Abbey Lincoln, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2010)
  • 1931 – Chalmers Johnson, American scholar and author (d. 2010)
  • 1932 – Michael Deeley, English screenwriter and producer
  • 1932 – Howard Hodgkin, English painter (d. 2017)
  • 1932 – Charles Wood, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 2020)
  • 1933 – A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer (d. 1987)
  • 1934 – Piers Anthony, English-American soldier and author
  • 1934 – Chris Bonington, English mountaineer and author
  • 1934 – Billy Boston, Welsh rugby player and soldier
  • 1935 – Fortunato Baldelli, Italian cardinal (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Octavio Getino, Spanish-Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1937 – Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 2000)
  • 1937 – Charlie Haden, American bassist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – Barbara Windsor, English actress (d. 2020)
  • 1938 – Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1938 – Peter Bonerz, American actor and director
  • 1938 – Bert Yancey, American golfer (d. 1994)
  • 1940 – Mukhu Aliyev, Russian philologist and politician, 2nd President of Dagestan
  • 1940 – Egil Kapstad, Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 2017)
  • 1940 – Louise Sorel, American actress
  • 1941 – Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • 1941 – Andrew Green, Baron Green of Deddington, English diplomat
  • 1942 – Byard Lancaster, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2012)
  • 1943 – Jon Postel, American computer scientist and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1944 – Inday Badiday, Filipino journalist and actress (d. 2003)
  • 1944 – Michael Mingos, English chemist and academic
  • 1944 – Martin Wharton, English bishop
  • 1945 – Ron Jones, English director and production manager (d. 1993)
  • 1946 – Allan Holdsworth, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1947 – Radhia Cousot, French computer scientist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Tony Dell, English-Australian cricketer and soldier
  • 1948 – William McCrea, Northern Irish politician
  • 1949 – Dino Bravo, Italian-Canadian wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1949 – Richard Prince, American painter and photographer
  • 1949 – Clarence Richard Silva, American bishop
  • 1950 – Dorian Harewood, American actor
  • 1951 – Catherine Hicks, American actress
  • 1951 – Daryl Somers, Australian television host and singer
  • 1952 – Pat MacDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – David McLetchie, Scottish lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1952 – Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1954 – Mark Hughes, English-Australian rugby league player
  • 1956 – Bill Emmott, English journalist and author
  • 1957 – Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Jim McGreevey, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey
  • 1958 – Randy DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1959 – Rajendra Singh, Indian environmentalist
  • 1960 – Dale Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1961 – Mary Ann Sieghart, English journalist and radio host
  • 1962 – Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian-Hong Kong actress and producer
  • 1963 – Charles Ingram, English soldier, author, and game show contestant
  • 1963 – Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker and author
  • 1964 – Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, Nigerian journalist, activist, social media expert, and pharmacist
  • 1965 – Stéphane Peterhansel, French racing driver
  • 1965 – Yuki Kajiura, Japanese pianist and composer
  • 1965 – David Robinson, American basketball player and lieutenant
  • 1965 – Vince Wells, English cricketer
  • 1967 – Lorna Fitzsimons, English businesswoman and politician
  • 1967 – Mike Greenberg, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Julie Snyder, Canadian talk show host and producer
  • 1968 – Jack de Gier, Dutch footballer
  • 1969 – Simon Doull, New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster
  • 1969 – Elliott Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1970 – M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1972 – Paolo Bacigalupi, American author
  • 1972 – Darren Eales, English footballer and lawyer
  • 1972 – Geri Halliwell, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1972 – Ray Lucas, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • 1973 – Max Kellerman, American sportscaster and radio host
  • 1973 – Iain Morris, English screenwriter and producer
  • 1973 – Stuart O’Grady, Australian cyclist
  • 1974 – Bobby Petta, Dutch footballer
  • 1974 – Luis Vizcaíno, Dominican baseball player
  • 1974 – Alvin Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1975 – Jason Crump, English-Australian motorcycle racer
  • 1975 – Renate Götschl, Austrian skier
  • 1975 – Víctor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976 – Melissa George, Australian-American actress
  • 1977 – Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 – Rebecca Maddern, Australian journalist and television host
  • 1977 – Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer and manager
  • 1977 – Luciano Zavagno, Argentinian footballer
  • 1978 – Marvel Smith, American football player
  • 1979 – Francesco Bellotti, Italian cyclist
  • 1979 – Jaime Correa, Mexican footballer
  • 1979 – Travis Reed, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Diána Póth, Hungarian figure skater
  • 1983 – Neil Harvey, English-Barbadian footballer
  • 1983 – Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer
  • 1984 – Vedad Ibišević, Bosnian footballer
  • 1984 – Maja Ognjenović, Serbian volleyball player
  • 1984 – Jesse Ryder, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1985 – Mickaël Delage, French cyclist
  • 1985 – Bafétimbi Gomis, French footballer
  • 1985 – Garrett Weber-Gale, American swimmer
  • 1986 – Raphael Pyrasch, German rugby player
  • 1987 – Leanne Crichton, Scottish footballer
  • 1991 – Jiao Liuyang, Chinese swimmer
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 258 – Pope Sixtus II
  • 523 – Pope Hormisdas (b. 450)
  • 750 – Marwan II, Umayyad general and caliph (b. 688)
  • 1027 – Richard III, Duke of Normandy
  • 1162 – Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona (b. 1113)
  • 1195 – Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria (b. 1129)
  • 1221 – Saint Dominic, Spanish priest, founded the Dominican Order (b. 1170)
  • 1272 – Stephen V of Hungary (b. 1239)
  • 1384 – Francesco I of Lesbos
  • 1412 – Margherita of Durazzo, Queen consort of Charles III of Naples (b. 1347)
  • 1414 – Ladislaus of Naples (b. 1377)
  • 1458 – Pope Callixtus III (b. 1378)
  • 1530 – Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (b. 1458)
  • 1553 – Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)

1601-1900

  • 1628 – Johannes Junius, German lawyer and politician (b. 1573)
  • 1637 – Ben Jonson, English poet and playwright (b. 1572)
  • 1645 – Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant and politician (b. 1575)
  • 1657 – Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ukrainian soldier and politician, 1st Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (b. 1595)
  • 1660 – Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter and educator (b. 1599)
  • 1666 – Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Frisian naval hero and commander (b. 1622)
  • 1679 – John Snell, Scottish-English soldier and philanthropist, founded the Snell Exhibition (b. 1629)
  • 1694 – Antoine Arnauld, French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1612)
  • 1695 – François de Harlay de Champvallon, French archbishop (b. 1625)
  • 1753 – Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Estonian-Russian physicist and academic (b. 1711)
  • 1757 – Ádám Mányoki, Hungarian painter (b. 1673)
  • 1794 – Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, English lawyer and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1815 – James A. Bayard, American lawyer and politician (b. 1767)
  • 1828 – Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and diplomat (b. 1785)
  • 1850 – Edward Walsh, Irish poet and songwriter (b. 1805)
  • 1866 – John Mason Neale, English priest, scholar, and hymnwriter (b. 1818)
  • 1881 – James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (b. 1821)
  • 1893 – Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, Swiss lawyer and politician (b. 1811)
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1901-present

  • 1904 – Eduard Hanslick, Austrian author and critic (b. 1825)
  • 1906 – George Waterhouse, English-New Zealand politician, 7th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1824)
  • 1915 – Jennie de la Montagnie Lozier, American physician (b. 1841)
  • 1920 – Stefan Bastyr, Polish pilot and author (b. 1890)
  • 1925 – Surendranath Banerjee, Indian academic and politician (b. 1848)
  • 1925 – Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • 1931 – Bix Beiderbecke, American cornet player, pianist, and composer (b. 1903)
  • 1945 – Richard Bong, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1920)
  • 1945 – Hiram Johnson, American lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of California (b. 1866)
  • 1946 – Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and coach (b. 1903)
  • 1952 – Betty Allan, Australian statistician and biometrician (b. 1905)
  • 1959 – Preston Sturges, American director, screenwriter, and playwright (b. 1898)
  • 1964 – Cedric Hardwicke, English actor and director (b. 1893)
  • 1969 – Theodor W. Adorno, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1903)
  • 1970 – Nikos Tsiforos, Greek director and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1973 – Fulgencio Batista, Cuban colonel and politician, 9th President of Cuba (b. 1901)
  • 1976 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-American cellist and educator (b. 1903)
  • 1978 – Pope Paul VI (b. 1897)
  • 1978 – Edward Durell Stone, American architect, designed Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center (b. 1902)
  • 1979 – Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1983 – Klaus Nomi, German singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1944)
  • 1985 – Forbes Burnham, Guyanese politician, 2nd President of Guyana (b. 1923)
  • 1986 – Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 1987 – Ira C. Eaker, American general (b. 1896)
  • 1990 – Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1991 – Shapour Bakhtiar, Iranian soldier and politician, 74th Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1915)
  • 1991 – Roland Michener, Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Governor General of Canada (b. 1900)
  • 1991 – Harry Reasoner, American journalist, co-created 60 Minutes (b. 1923)
  • 1992 – Leszek Błażyński, Polish boxer (b. 1949)
  • 1993 – Tex Hughson, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter and politician (b. 1928)
  • 1997 – Shin Ki-ha, South Korean lawyer and politician (b. 1941)
  • 1998 – André Weil, French-American mathematician and academic (b. 1906)
  • 2001 – Jorge Amado, Brazilian novelist and poet (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – Wilhelm Mohnke, German general (b. 1911)
  • 2001 – Shan Ratnam, Sri Lankan physician and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2001 – Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)
  • 2002 – Edsger W. Dijkstra, Dutch physicist, computer scientist, and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2003 – Julius Baker, American flute player and educator (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2004 – Donald Justice, American poet and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Robin Cook, Scottish educator and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (b. 1946)
  • 2007 – Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (b. 1969)
  • 2008 – Angelos Kitsos, Greek lawyer and author (b. 1934)
  • 2009 – Riccardo Cassin, Italian mountaineer and author (b. 1909)
  • 2009 – Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
  • 2009 – John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2011 – Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and educator (b. 1911)
  • 2012 – Richard Cragun, American-Brazilian ballet dancer and choreographer (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Robert Hughes, Australian-American author and critic (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – Bernard Lovell, English physicist and astronomer (b. 1913)
  • 2012 – Mark O’Donnell, American playwright (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (b. 1953)
  • 2013 – Stan Lynde, American author and illustrator (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Mava Lee Thomas, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Jerry Wolman, American businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Ralph Bryans, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Ananda W.P. Guruge, Sri Lankan scholar and diplomat (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – John Woodland Hastings, American biochemist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Ray Hill, American football player (b. 1975)
  • 2015 – Orna Porat, German-Israeli actress (b. 1924)
  • 2017 – Betty Cuthbert, Australian sprinter (b. 1938)
  • 2017 – Darren Daulton, American baseball player (b. 1962)
  • 2018 – Joël Robuchon, French Chef (b. 1945)
  • 2018 – Margaret Heckler, American politician (b. 1931)
  • 2018 – Anya Krugovoy Silver, American poet (b. 1968)

Holidays and observances

    • Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto
    • Hormisdas
    • Justus and Pastor
    • August 6 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s Accession Day. (United Arab Emirates)
  • Independence Day (Bolivia), celebrates the independence of Bolivia from Spain in 1825.
  • Independence Day (Jamaica), celebrates the independence of Jamaica from the United Kingdom in 1962.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Russian Railway Troops Day (Russia)
  • The New York Times: On This Day

August 6 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of August (August 6 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic August 6 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more August events, August holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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