HISTORY TODAY

HISTORY TODAY

 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler
becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
 1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the
United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the
German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their
base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North
Sea.
 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across
the English Channel.
 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the
atomic bomb “Little Boy” is dropped by the United States B-29
Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some
tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation
poisoning.
 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the
World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service
on the Internet.
 1996 – NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought
to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
 2001 – Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to a chain
were burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil
Nadu.
 2010 – Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir,
India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people.
 2011 – War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is
shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a
working dog, seven Afghan soldiers, and one Afghan civilian. It
was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War
in Afghanistan.
 2012 – NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars.
 2015 – A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people at a mosque
in the Saudi city of Abha.