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On this day: August 6

POSTED: 03:21 PM PDT Aug 03, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 05, 2013 

The electric chair is used for the first time, a TV great and pop art legend share a birthday, America drops the A-bomb on Hiroshima, and the country's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice is confirmed, all on this day.

OTD August 6 - Hiroshima
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U.S. Department of Defense

1945: Hiroshima is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay near the end of World War II. Around 70,000 people were killed instantly, and some tens of thousands would die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.

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