On this day: August 6

POSTED: 03:21 PM PDT Aug 03, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 05, 2014 

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 - John Hughes
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2009: Filmmaker John Hughes, best known for directing such movies as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Weird Science," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," dies from a heart attack at the age of 59 in New York City. Hughes is also known for writing and producing movies such as "Home Alone," "Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "The Great Outdoors" and "Christmas Vacation."

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