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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Aug. 6 does have many memorable moments. But the event that stands out the most for me, sadly, is the moment that the US became the first and only nation to ever use the atomic bomb angainst a populace. And the truly sad part again was it's use against civilians. You remember those people. They are the innocents that "always" get caught in the middle of this crap. A little thing our almighty leaders, who start these wars and then can hide in their bunkers while the rest get decimated, like to refer to as collateral damage.
    Our people are so quick to condemn the killing of innocents in these ME wars, but when 80,000 people were killed and /or flat out incinerated, with ONE bomb, our people were celebrating. Where was the outrage back then ?
    Okay, I'm done now. I apologize for my rant.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHNNY CONDOM

      Today is my birthday, so it is he BEST day of the year for me. I am 54 and no farther ahead when I was 24. Such is life.

      John

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

    No doubt the hiroshima bomb would have to top the list. What a can we opened....

    August 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ce

    go read WWII history and then make a comment.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Which part would you like to dispute ?

      August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dasea

      I don't view dropping bombs on the innocent manly.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dasea

      ww2 history is full of american propaganda

      August 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Why am I being censorned NOW?

    August 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      My dear friend banasy cnn has done that to me today. How have u been!

      August 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Dear s kel.
      I have been very well.
      It is so nice to see you getting active on the blogs again; you were missed!
      How are you and you lovely wife doing?

      August 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @bobcat:
    You will hear "remember Pearl Harbor" and that is true, they did attack PH first; that being said, the civilians didn't attack, yet they paid the ultimate price.
    What have we learned in the intervening years?

    August 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      What the world has learned, I don't know, except that no nuclear bombs have been used in anger since.

      August 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Oh absolutely banasy. Yes we were attacked first, and I know that's why we entered that theater of the war. But on that fateful day, we let the genie out of the bottle and have never been able to get him back in. This genie has become the most powerful weapon against mankind and has become more evil with each passing generation.
      The only thing we've learned from this "life" lesson, is how to make more powerful weapons that can kill more people with less effort. And as it has always been, it will be be mainly the civilian populace to pay the ultimate price.

      August 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Portland tony:
      A fact that I am profoundly grateful for!

      August 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    The most devastating to me, and, in my life time is the Chinook crash.

    Heroes!

    Salute,
    Hope

    August 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    Been prayin ' all afternoon about the Prime Minister.

    He should address the American People.
    No doubt,.he has a lot to talk about........
    perhaps, it would enlighten us to see thru
    someone elses eyes; then look at YOU.

    Heroes!

    Free Syria,
    Hope

    August 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Garooooooooan, bciah!

    August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cobo

    The internet (as we know it) was started this day in 1991

    August 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dasea

    They were worried the bomb blast they dropped that killed thousands might hurt them. haha.. that is ridiculous. Those stories are INSANE.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dasea

    They were worried the bomb blast they dropped that killed thousands might hurt them. haha.. that is ridiculous. Those stories are INSANE!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @bobcat@banasy
    By our own definition of terrorism today, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki horrors would fall under the category of ah! Ah ... Oh, forget it.
    @Portland tony
    That was desperation not anger and can happen again in a major conflict. Not a conflict between unequals.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It's quite the different spin when it is the U.S. doing the bombing, now, isn't it, saywhat?
      Ah, but different scenarios call for different measures, and it did effectively stop the Axis.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Though I must say that I have often heard folks expressing their desire that we should nuke this nation or that pretty often on these blogs.
    Just saying.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I've seen that often here too, saywhat; if they knew the ramifications of such a throwaway line, they would perhaps think twice before saying it.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      😀

      The only nation, so to speak and based
      on size, I've ever suggested nuking is as
      follows (with empasis):

      Nuke Nuwt!

      😀

      Hope...

      August 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      LOL...

      Shhhhhh!

      Do I hear a Newt?
      I don't give a Hewt.
      If he can dish it out...
      I doubt he'd pout
      cause all the bimbettes think he's cute.

      Its gotta be da Big Bucks!

      Nite, I think;
      Hope

      August 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Hiroshima. That day the world saw what another example of mans lust for knowledge and power; first being Satan.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Satan is the "Father of the Lie". That's why Jah hates liars worse than anything.

      All his Ways are Just and True.

      Turn the Page...
      Hope

      August 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bolivia

    August 6th is also Bolivia's Independence Day ! CNN missed this while doing its wikipedia search for this article? Darn, how far down the list is our South American country for the "Worldwide leader in News" !!

    August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
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