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Today in History: August 6

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Today in History
August 6

1497   John Cabot returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
1863   The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.
1904   The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.
1942   The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.
1945   Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender.
1965   President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.