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    This day in history

    Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2017. There are 147 days left in the year.

    Birthdays: Children’s performer Ella Jenkins is 93. Actor Benito Martinez is 49. Country singer Lisa Stewart is 49. Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 47. Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 41.

    In 1813, during the Venezuelan War of Independence, forces led by Simon Bolivar recaptured Caracas.


    In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14½ hours.

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    In 1945, during World War II, the US B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named ‘‘Little Boy’’ on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. (Three days later, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki; five days after that, Imperial Japan surrendered.)

    In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.

    In 2012, Syria’s prime minister, Riad Hijab, defected two months after being forced into the position by President Bashar Assad.