Chinook crash, Hiroshima bombing among memorable events on August 6
August 6 is the birthday of Andy Warhol, who had a penchant for painting Marilyn Monroe. She died August 5, 1962.
August 6th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Chinook crash, Hiroshima bombing among memorable events on August 6

August 6 is a day of anniversaries. Unfortunately, some of them are dubious milestones.

Topping the list is the first anniversary of the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. service members, 22 of them Navy SEALs. Included were some members of Team 6, the unit credited with the raid that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

CNN.com's Ashley Fantz was able to find a heartwarming angle to this tragic anniversary, revisiting an iReport posted by Braydon Nichols, the son of Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, who piloted the Chinook. The boy, now 11, asked that no one forget his father, and judging from the reaction to young Braydon's iReport post, no one has.

His brother, Monte, adds that Braydon is doing well in school and coping with the loss of his father as well as can be expected.

Monday also marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.

On this day, 67 years ago, at just after 8 in the morning, a B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped an atomic bomb dubbed "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, a city of 350,000 people. An estimated 140,000 people were killed in the attack, and three days later, 70,000 more people were killed when another bomb, "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered days later, and World War II would end the following month.

Maj. Theodore Van Kirk, aka Dutch, was a navigator on the Enola Gay. He tells CNN that the biggest concern was "getting away from the bomb" after it was dropped. He also speaks lightheartedly about his time in the Air Force during World War II, saying, "If you made 25 missions, you were either the luckiest person alive or the German pilots were lousy shots. In my case, the German pilots were lousy shots."

Before both world wars, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt spoke of the "great new fight in the never-ending warfare for the good of humankind," during a Chicago speech before the newly minted Progressive Party, or Bull Moose Party, on August 6, 1912.

It was the most successful third-party presidential bid in U.S. history, and CNN contributor John Avlon, a Newsweek and The Daily Beast columnist, says we can learn a lot from the 100-year-old speech.

If nothing else, the themes of the 1912 campaign sound similar to the issues facing President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Said Roosevelt, "The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly what should be said on the vital issues of the day."

Speaking of a jumble of elements, Monday is also Andy Warhol's birthday. The pop art icon would have been 84 - not exactly a milestone anniversary, but it's interesting that his birthday falls the day after the death of one of his most recognizable muses.

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago Sunday, and CNN has found a newsreel reporting the passing of an American beauty who is described in death as an "idol of the GIs, the animation of foxhole dreams."

This is just the short list of anniversaries, of course. Other August 6 happenings worth mentioning include Jamaica declaring its independence from Britain and Cuba nationalizing its foreign-owned (namely American) property, marking a turning point in the Cuban Revolution.

August 6 is also the day that actress Lucille Ball, Dutch soccer star Robin van Persie and NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson entered the world as well as the day that singer Rick James and Buena Vista Social Club's Ibrahim Ferrer left it.

And last but not least, August 6 also marks the day that NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, but you'll have to wait until next year to celebrate that anniversary.

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  1. saywhat

    One a tragic reminder of futility of war -Chinook crash.
    We have been mourning loss of American lives for 11 years and the madness continues.
    The other a scary reminder of what war can lead to. Capacity of humans to unleash horror.
    Somber moments.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Not to mention August 6th, 1991 is the day the first website went online. I figure that's pretty important. Do your homework, CNN.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      There are so many anniversaries involving the invention of the internet and World Wide Web, it's tough to nail down which is the most important, Chris. Why would the first website being online outweigh, say, the first ARPANET connection in October 1969? It's a judgment call, but we appreciate your suggestion!

      August 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Death of 30 Americans tops the list over 140,000 dead foreigners. About par for the course for an American new network.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      You're reading too much into it, John. They were in chronological order, starting with the most recent, not with the most important.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Said Roosevelt, “The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly what should be said on the vital issues of the day.”

    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.

    For those longing for "The good old days", apparently there weren't any...politics-wise.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      A striking quote, right, banasy? As they say, the more things change...

      August 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, it's a very striling quote: one that will most likely resonate forever.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      Absolutely. If modern medicine permits, we can revisit this during Campaign 2112 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      With all due respect, Mr. McLaughlin, noooooooooo!! 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Actually there were... Before Satan slithered into the garden.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @John
    Well they are 'foreigners' and continue to be considered so to date. They don't matter.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You should have your sarcasm font on, saywhat...

      August 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. YellowBird OnWing

    6 August 1968, U S Marine John W. Barbee was Killed in Action in Vietnam.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RetGI

      Rest in Peace, Semper Fi and thank you, Sgt Barbee.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chad

    And its my B-day today... Boom

    August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cbtx67

      Happy Birthday Chad! It's my birthday too. In my family a lot of us have notorious birthdates. My cousin was born on Nagasaki, my father in law on pear harbor day, my uncle and my youngest were born 9/11, my boys on election day and my grandaughter on tax day. I had a scheduled csection for my daughter and they wanted me to change the date, this was 9/11/02, but I refused and I'm glad I did. What a great way to bring healing to bad dates I say.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      Mine too! Happy birthday to you and all other August 6ers!

      August 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Chad it's my b-day too! 39 years old 😀

      August 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good morning@banasy
    And what an appropriate apt quote of Roosevelt. Thanks.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good morning, saywhat.

      I also find this most telling: 'ex-President Theodore Roosevelt spoke of the “great new fight in the never-ending warfare for the good of humankind,” during a Chicago speech before the newly minted Progressive Party, or Bull Moose Party, on August 6, 1912.'

      The man must have been prophetic; it has never really stopped, has it?

      August 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rodolfo Siles

    August 6, independence of Bolivia from Spain in 1825.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cbtx67

    August 6th Friendship day, and birthday of Lucille Ball, without whom Star Trek could never have been aired. Live long and prosper everybody.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff_W

    Also Smokey Bear's 68th birthday!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Councilman McCoy

    "Damn it, Jim. I'm a politician now, not the ship's doctor. Ask Worf."

    August 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Every day's a holiday. Every meal a feast. Every paycheck a fortune.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Interestingly

    As VP of the US, Harry S. Truman wasn't even aware that the US had developed nuclear technology. He was made-aware AFTER he was sworn in.
    Interestingly, Adolph Hitler was also unaware of the secret weapons German scientists and pharmacologists had been developing underground for many years until he took office.
    Leaviing one to ponder exactly what President Obama knows of the 40 trillion dollars worth of secret military bases built underground during the Cold War.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DJ

    Obama sees all, hears all, knows all.
    He is the almighty President Obama!
    [/sarcasm]

    August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      It sounds like you don't care much for President Obama. No sarcasm.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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