On this Day August 6
1945 – An American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, leveling most of the city under a massive mushroom cloud. Some 70,000 people are killed in a matter of seconds.
1965 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. The bill makes it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to blacks.
2009 – John Hughes, the influential writer-director who captured the humor and angst of the teen experience, 1980s style, in hit movies such as “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” dies at 59.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Best Of Chubby Checker: Cameo Parkway 1959-1963
Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king of the rock & roll dance craze. Although most of the dances his records promoted — the Pony, “the Fly” and the Hucklebuck, to cite just three — have long since faded into obscurity, his most famous hit, “The Twist,” remains the yardstick against which all subsequent dance floor phenomena are measured.
Pink Floyd The Wall (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Driven to the edge, a burned-out rock star recalls the often traumatic events that shaped his life in this live action/animated rock opera based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album of the same name. Directed by Alan Parker with screenplay written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.
Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima
The most important event of World War II, the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, is told for the first time from first-hand sources. Award winning authors Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts separate myth from reality as they retrace the steps that led the world into the atomic age.
Bending Toward Justice
A vivid and fast-paced history, Gary May’s work offers a dramatic account of the birth and precarious life of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It is an extraordinary story of the intimidation and murder of courageous activists who struggled to ensure that all Americans would be able to exercise their right to vote.
The Andy Warhol Diaries
This international literary sensation turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures in American culture. Filled with shocking observations about the lives, loves and careers of the rich, famous and fabulous, Andy Warhol’s journal is endlessly fun and fascinating.