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 - Curiosity rover
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

2012: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars. The rover's mission is to investigate the Martian climate and geology with the goal of finding evidence of past or present life on the planet.

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