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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 - CSS Arkansas
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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1862: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is destroyed by her crew to prevent capture by Union forces on the Mississippi River after suffering damage in a battle with USS Essex near Baton Rouge, La.

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