This Day in History on 6 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 6 August. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1905: Chittaranjan Das “Desh Bandhu”, freedom fighter and advocate, started an organisation named “Swadeshi Mandali”. He also founded magazine named Narayana in 1914 and a Bengali weekly in 1922 and the daily ‘Forward’.

1920: ‘Shakuntala’ made by Oriental Film Mfg. Co. was released.

1920: Star Films Ltd., Bombay, was founded by Ardeshir M. lrani and Bhogilal K. M. Dave.

1920: Film Censor Board at Bombay started working. The first film censored and granted a Censor Certificate No. 1 was a short film of 600 ft., produced by Gaumont Company and it was titled as ‘Gaumont Graphic No. 963-964’. The Regional Film Censor Boards were also set-up in Calcutta, Madras and Rangoon.

1926: Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. 

1932: Ramsay McDonald came out with his ‘Communal Award’ to fix seats for the various communities in the provincial legislatures.

1940: The Soviet Union illegally annexed Estonia.

1945: The US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. For the first time in history, an atomic bomb was used.

1960: Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalized American and foreign-owned property in the nation.

1962: Jamaica gained independence from England.

1962: Peking agrees to talks with India to settle border disputes.

1965: Indian troops invade Pakistan.

1989: Six top Cricket stars banned for one year from all cricket activities on the issue of American tour.

1993: Medha Patkar suspends anti-Narmada stir and drops her ”jal samarpan” threat.

1994: The Muslim Auqaf Trust takes over charge of the Hazratbal shrine after the removal of security bunkers around it by authorities.

1996: Dr. Raj Kumar was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke award.

1997: Sri Lanka set a new record of 952/6 in a Test match against India in Colombo. Sanat Jayasuriya scored 340 runs.

1996: SC asks Harshad Mehta to pay Rs. 217 crore to I.T. department.

1997: Cabinet approves a proposal to amend the Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act, with a view to removing epilepsy as a ground for annulling marriage or for declaring marriage as null and void.

1998: SriKrishna Commission report was tabled by the Maharashtra government. It was rejected by the ruling alliance whom it heavily indicted.

1998: The Maharashtra Government rejects the Srikrishna Commission findings on the 1992-93 communal riots and the serial blasts in Mumbai, but agrees to act on the panel’s suggestions to refurbish the police force.

2000: Sundararajan Kidambi becomes the new International Master in the Beil Open chess championship at Biel.

2008: A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d’état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

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.

A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer
A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1809: Alfred Tennyson, a British poet.

1881: Alexander Fleming, a Scottish physician, and microbiologist.

1933: A. G. Kripal Singh, Indian cricketer (d. 1987)


Kripal Singh Govindsingh, Amritsar, India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959, was born at Madras.

Rajendra Singh, Indian environmentalist
Rajendra Singh, Indian environmentalist
M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director
M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director

1959: Rajendra Singh, an Indian water conservationist, and environmentalist.

1970: M. Night Shyamalan, an American filmmaker, philanthropist, and actor.

1970: M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1987: Aditya Narayan, an Indian playback singer, television host, and Bollywood actor. 

Surendranath Banerjee, Indian academic and politician
Surendranath Banerjee, Indian academic and politician

Death/ Death Anniversary

1925: Surendranath Banerjee, one of the earliest Indian political leaders during the British Rule. He was one of the founders of mordern India and proponent of autonomy within the British Commonwealth. He was President of Indian National Congress twice, in 1895 at Pune and in 1902 at Ahmedabad.

1951: Rukmini Lakshmipathi, great social reformer and leader, died.

1982: S. K. Pottekkatt, an Indian writer of Malayalam literature and a politician.

1997: Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya was an Indian writer.

1997: Army confirms social activist Sanjay Ghose’s death who was abducted by ULFA.

Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer
Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer

1999: Kalpnath Rai, an Indian politician.

2001: Adhar Kumar Chatterji, Indian Naval officer (b. 1914)

2019: Sushma Swaraj, an Indian politician, and a Supreme Court lawyer.

Further Reading

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