Since we all have such an interest in The Golden Era, I wanted to start this thread as a challenge to everyone to really explore what happened in the daily lives of people during the 1930s & 40s. Each day, let's all try to find something interesting that happened during this period to share with the rest of the Fedora Lounge.
I'll start things off....
Just minutes ago, today August 6th, in 1945 an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 injured. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland.
Years earlier in 1936, on this same date, Pan American Airways President Jaun Trippe flew to Washington, D.C. to shake hands with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and to receive the massive Collier Trophy. Pan American Airways acquired U.S. aviation's highest award for the "establishment of the trans-Pacific airplane and the successful execution of extended overwater navigation in the regular operation thereof"...meaning that within the previous year, the four PanAm Pacific Clippers completed 70 round trips between San Francisco and Manila, and flew 6 000 000 passenger miles without an accident or even a cancelled flight.
So, what else happened on this date in history?