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 - Pope Paul VI
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Vatican City

1978: Pope Paul VI dies at age 80 at the Papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, in Italy following a massive heart attack. Paul VI, who used his 15-year papacy to foster improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, would be succeeded by Pope John Paul I.


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