AUGUST 6 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1538 – BogotáColombia was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada on the 6th August 1538.

1825 – Bolivia gained independence from Spain on the 6th August 1825.

1911 – Lucille Ball the American actress was born on the 6th August 1911 (died 1989).

1917 – Barbara Cooney the American children’s author and illustrator was born on the 6th August 1917 (died 2000).

1926 – Elisabeth Beresford the British author and creator of The Wombles was born on the 6th August 1926 (died 2010).

1928 – Andy Warhol the American artist was born on the 6th August 1928 (died 1987).

1951 – Daryl Somers the Australian television host was born on the 6th August 1951.

1962 – Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom on the 6th August 1962..

1964 – Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree was cut down on the 6th August 1964.

1972 – Geri Halliwell the English singer-songwriter from Spice Girls was born on the 6th August 1972.

1973David Campbell the Australian singer, stage performer and television presenter was born in South Australia on the 6th August 1973. David Campbell is the son of Jimmy Barnes.

1976 – Melissa George the Australian actress was born on the 6th August 1976.

1981 – Travie McCoy the American rapper and songwriter from Gym Class Heroes was born on the 6th August 1981.

2012 TOM SLiNGSBY won Australia’s 2nd gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the Laser sailing class on the 6th day of July in 2012.

Tom Slingsby Australia won gold medal 2012 London Olympics Laser sailing class dinghy sail boat racing Herald-Sun newspaper
Tom Slingsby celebrating winning Australia’s 2nd gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the Laser sailing class (Photo of the Herald Sun newspaper front cover)

Read the Herald Sun full story: Tom Slingsby has won Australia’s second gold medal of the London Olympics with victory in Laser sailing class 

Tom Slingsby Sailing Men's Laser medal Australian Gold Medallist stamps 2012 London Olympics 60cent postage stamp collectable souvenir
Tom Slingsby, winner of the Men’s Laser Sailing, & now seen on the Australian Gold Medallist stamps, from the 2012 London Olympics (Australia Post)

The stamp featured above is available from Australia Post 

The official website of Tom Slingsby: 

Tom Slingsby website Australian Olympics  gold medal winner Laser sailing class dinghy sail ocean boat racing website of Australia’s Olympic gold medal winner in the Laser sailing class

2012 ~ The NASA CURiOSiTY ROVER landed on the surface of Mars on the 6th day of August in 2012.

2012 ~ ROBERT HUGHES the Australian born art critic and writer died on the 6th day of August in 2012, aged 74 (born 28 July 1938)

Today in History for August 6th ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

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