August 06

This Day in History

1964

World’s Oldest Tree Is Cut Down

On this day in 1964, in remote foothills in the US state of Nevada, the world's oldest tree was chopped down, enabling researchers to determine precisely just how long it had been living. Known as … (more...)

1945

Hiroshima Bombed

On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a U.S. B-29 bomber, drops the first atomic weapon ever used in combat on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Within minutes, the massive blast and the firestorm it … (more...)

1926

Houdini’s Last Stunt

On this day in 1926, Hungarian-born American magician, illusionist, and stunt performer Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat: he spent 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping. … (more...)