On this day: August 6

POSTED: 03:21 PM PDT Aug 03, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 05, 2016 

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 - Mars meteorite
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1996: NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, found in Antarctica in 1984 and thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms. Using a scanning electron microscope, scientists found what they believe are microscopic fossils of ancient Martian bacteria.


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