Executions · New York · Newspaper clippings

The electric chair’s first execution

August 6, 1890 Auburn, New York William Francis Kemmler becomes the first person in the world to be legally executed by the electric chair, though his execution was inhumane at best Kemmler was convicted of killing his common-law wife, Tillie Ziegler, with a hatchet. Because of the AC/DC war being waged between Alternating Current and… Continue reading The electric chair’s first execution

Japan · Political

The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 Hiroshima, Japan The first of two atomic bombs are dropped on Japan The "Little Boy" exploded in Hiroshima which was the headquarters for the 2nd General Army and the Chugoku Regional Army. The bomb's blast killed approximately 70,000 people (roughly 20,000 Japanese military personnel, 20,000 Korean slave laborers, and 30,000 civilians). By… Continue reading The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered

August 6, 1936 Manhattan, New York Gangster, gambler, and bookie Dominick Didato (alias Terry Burns) is shot outside a restaurant The investigators believed gangland vengeance was to blame for Didato's murder; Didato was one of 4 killings in 3 weeks to have some connection to the criminal underworld. According to the Daily News (Aug. 7,… Continue reading Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered

Massacres/Mass Murder · North Carolina · Political

Man kills 4, injures 7 randomly after “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy enacted

August 6, 1993 Fayetteville, North Carolina Sgt. Kenneth Junior French, angry at the recent "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, randomly targets a restaurant for a mass shooting, shooting at anyone he encounters French claimed to not remember the events of the murders, stating he had gotten excessively drunk prior to the events. Shortly before the… Continue reading Man kills 4, injures 7 randomly after “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy enacted

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 6

Birthdays:M. Night Shyamalan (August 6, 1970), who wrote and directed The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), The Happening (2008), The Visit (2015), Split (2016), and Glass (2019). He also wrote the story for Devil (2010). Vera Farmiga (August 6, 1973), who starred in Orphan (2009), The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring… Continue reading Today in Horror History: August 6