1. On August 6, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, thus becoming the first state to enter the Union.
2. On August 6, 1861, the first major battle of the American Civil War in the state of Delaware occurred at the Battle of Iron Hill near Newark.
3. On August 6, 1919, the Wilmington Race Riot began when a group of white men attacked and killed several black men and destroyed black-owned businesses and homes in the city.
4. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, effectively ending World War II. Many Delawareans served in the war and some were present during the bombing or involved in the subsequent occupation of Japan.
5. On August 6, 2013, a fire broke out on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship carrying 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members off the coast of Mexico. The ship had originally left from New York City and was heading to the Caribbean. No injuries were reported and the ship was eventually towed to San Diego, where passengers disembarked.
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