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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 - Diego Velázquez
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1660: Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at age 61 in Madrid, Spain. The leading artist in the court of King Philip IV, he was especially known for his 1656 masterpiece "Las Meninas."


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